Five Players to Watch: Offense

Texas Tech opens spring practice Wednesday and there are plenty of position battles going on. Head coach Kliff Kingsbury has stated repeatedly that he will get the best players on the field in the fall. With that in mind, here are five offensive players to keep an eye on.

Texas Tech spring football is rolling around the corner.

Kliff Kingsbury and the coaching staff have plenty of work to do in discerning players for next season. Position battles will emerge, talent will be discovered, and a foundation for another football campaign will be set.

As spring activities commence Wednesday, looks at five current members of Texas Tech's offense you should watch out for.

Davis Webb (6-4, 195)
The sophomore to be ran off all the competition and is now unquestionably "the guy." Kliff Kingsbury and staff chose wisely in my opinion as it was apparant as the 2013 season went along Webb was the most talented of the group. He played in 10 games (six starts) going 226-of-361 for 2,718 yards with 20 passing touchdowns and nine interceptions with a 139.1 passing efficiency and a 62.6 completion percentage. He also tied a Holiday Bowl record with four touchdown passes to claim MVP honors in Tech's 37-23 upset of Arizona State. It would be nice if Webb had a smooth spring while displaying full command of both the offense and overall team.

Alfredo/Tony Morales (6-3, 320)
Most Tech fans know the story of the Morales brothers. Tony was the heralded four-star recruit out of Arlington Sam Houston in 2011, while his brother Alfredo seemed like a nice throw-in. Well, Tony hasn't seen the field, due in large part to injuries. Alfredo, on the other hand, played in 20 games the last two seasons and made 12 starts (8 last season) at left guard. If Tony has a nice spring, and can stay healthy, he may just end up starting at either center or guard, while Alfredo's development is key to the depth of the offensive line. I wouldn't be too shocked to see the Morales brothers starting next to each other next season.

Baylen Brown (6-4, 305)
It appears Tech has itself a player in Brown, who played in 11 games last season as a true freshman. He even started the final three; two at right guard and one at left guard against Arizona State in the Holiday Bowl. Brown is expected to hold down one of the starting guard spots, possibly right guard, which is vacant with the dismissal of Beau Carpenter. A solid spring would go a long way towards Brown, who by all accounts did a very good job down the stretch last season, solidifying that spot.

Devin Lauderdale (5-11, 175)
Lauderdale's delay in getting to Texas Tech may have been a blessing in disguise as the sophomore transfer from Navarro College received a lot of seasoning in 2013 as a true freshman as opposed to likely riding the pine for the Red Raiders. The speedster finished with 33 receptions for 669 receiving yards and six touchdowns last season at Navarro. Most importantly, Lauderdale averaged just over 20 yards a catch as the Red Raiders could use another deep threat outside. Lauderdale is expected to challenge for a starting spot and see the field a lot next fall. This is a very important spring for him and I'm sure the coaching staff is anxious to see just what they have in him.

Dylan Cantrell (6-2, 205)
All-American tight end Jace Amaro is gone and many are wondering how the Red Raiders are going to replace his record-setting production. The truth is several players will have to step up to try and soften the blow of his early departure. One of the leading candidates in sophomore Dylan Cantrell. Cantrell didn't get a lot of playing time last season, but he did see the field in 2013 as a true freshman. He played in 11 games (0 starts) with nine receptions for 70 yards with one touchdown catch. He is three inches shorter and 60 pounds lighter than Amaro, so nobody is expecting him to duplicate his numbers. He can be an effective redzone and third down target for Webb though.

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