2014 Spring Breakdown: Wide Receivers

Texas Tech wrapped its first season under coach Kliff Kingsbury with a Holiday Bowl win over Arizona State, signed a promising 2014 recruiting class and now spring ball is just around the corner. RaiderPower.com senior writer Joe Yeager breaks down the roster and highlights position battles to watch at wide receiver.

Probable Starters: Bradley Marquez | 5-foot-11, 200 | Senior | Odessa, Texas
Jakeem Grant | 5-foot-6, 160 | Junior | Mesquite, Texas
Reginald Davis | 6-foot, 190 | Sophomore | Tehana, Texas
Jordan Davis | 5-foo-9, 170 | Senior | Arlington, Texas

Backups: Dylan Cantrell | 6-foot-2, 205 | Sophomore | Whitehouse, Texas
Shawn Corker | 6-foot-1, 190 | Senior | Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Derreck Edwards | 6-foot-1, 165 | Junior | Brenham, Texas
D. J. Polite-Bray | 6-foot-1, 175 | Sophomore | Lithonia, Georgia
Dominique Wheeler | 6-foot-1, 185 | Sophomore | Crockett, Texas
Peyton Williams | 6-foot-1, 180 | Freshman | Southlake, Texas
Devin Lauderdale | 5-foot-11, 170 | Sophomore | Houston, Texas

Most Intriguing Battle: Devin Lauderdale versus whom and where?

Position Power Rating: 90

Rarely does a receiving corps lose a first round draft choice and a player who is top five in receptions, receiving yards and touchdown receptions in program history, and actually improve, but that could be the case at Texas Tech.

Powerhouse tight end Jace Amaro is practically a lock to go in the first round of the upcoming NFL draft, and Eric Ward leaves a massive statistical void, but the cupboard is anything but bare for Kliff Kingsbury's offensive troops at the receiver position.

Explosive could be the watchword for Tech's receivers in 2014.

After a very solid sophomore season that saw him haul in 65 aerials for 796 yards and seven touchdowns, veteran Jakeem Grant may be ready to explode on the scene as the next Tyrone Thurman, a diminutive wideout who earned All America honors for Tech in the 80s as a punt returner. Like Thurman, Grant is small of stature, but fleet of foot and with more moves than a Las Vegas showgirl.

Sophomore Reginald Davis looks to be another in Tech's high-octane gang. Davis' freshman numbers were fairly modest, but he began to turn it on late in the season with a drawer full of spectacular plays, most of which came on runs after the catch, and then there was Davis' kickoff return for a touchdown in Tech's win over Arizona State in the Holiday Bowl. It is pretty clear that Tech has something special in Reggie Davis.

Bradley Marquez isn't quite the Tasmanian devil with the ball in his hands that Grant and Davis are, but he is a demon on go routes, as well as being a double-tough blocker. Marquez started every game in 2013, and grabbed 49 balls for 633 yards and six touchdowns. He is a real headache on the deep sideline ball, and causes more than a few migraines with his hard-nosed blocking. The steady senior could challenge for All Big 12 honors this season.

That trio, with Davis and Marquez on the outside and Grant on the inside, seems assured of starting berths, unless Marquez is moved inside. But the fourth starter is less certain.

Senior Jordan Davis is a distinct possibility here. Backing up Amaro last season, the transfer from Southwestern Oklahoma State caught 28 passes for 243 yards and a touchdown. He's a gritty route-runner with exceptional hands, and regardless of whether or not he starts, will be a key cog in Tech's passing attack.

If Davis earns the starting position, he will have performed no mean feat. Sophomores Dylan Cantrell and D. J. Polite-Bray, and freshman Gary Moore have talent, as does redshirt freshman Peyton Williams. Then there's incoming JUCO transfer Devin Lauderdale, who has the speed and moves of Jakeem Grant and Reginald Davis.

At this point one cannot say with any certainty at which positions this quintet of players will be slotted, but if we assume that the goal is to get the four best receivers on the field at the same time, Jordan Davis will have to fend off some serious competition. Hence, if Lauderdale is all he's cracked up to be, the thought of Grant, Marquez, Reggie Davis and Lauderdale on the field at the same time is enough to make one wish football season were kicking off tomorrow.

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