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Texas Tech Football Returning Experience for Projected Starters in 2017

The following is a list of players I expect to start next season and their experience/career stats. There are a few cases where legit competition exists I have included multiple players as possible starters at positions.

Notes: 1. All heights and weights listed are from Tech's website. 2. Experience and stats listed are at D1 level. 

OFFENSE

Quarterback

Nic Shimonek (6-3, 225)

Class: Senior

Experience: 6 games, 0 starts

Career stats: 39-60, 482 yards, 6 TDs, INT passing; 5 rushes,  -31 yards


Running Back

Da'Leon Ward (5-10, 180)

Class: Sophomore

Experience: 9 games, 4 starts

Career stats: 103 rushes, 428 yards (4.2 YPC), 3 TDs; 18 receptions, 131 yards


H Receiver

Cameron Batson (5-9, 170)

Class: Senior

Experience: 37 games, 10 starts

Career stats: 98 receptions, 1,012 yards, 9 TDs; 48 punt returns, 303 yards (6.3 YPR.)


X Receiver

Derrick Willies (6-4, 210)

Class: Senior

Experience: 13 games (5 at Iowa), 4 starts

Career stats: 22-359-3 TDs


Y Receiver

Keke Coutee (5-11, 180)

Class: Junior

Experience: 25 games, 4 starts

Career stats: 66 receptions, 995 yards, 7 TDs


Z Receiver

Dylan Cantrell (6-3, 220)

Class: Senior

Experience: 33 games, 16 starts

Career stats: 87 receptions, 1,057 yards, 11 TDs


Left Tackle

Travis Bruffy (6-6, 305)

Class: Sophomore

Experience: 12 games, 0 starts

Career stats: 1 reception, 5 yards, TD.


Left Guard

Madison Akamnonu (6-5, 320)

Class: Sophomore

Experience: 12 games, 7 starts

or

Jacob Hines (6-5, 320)

Class: Junior

Experience: 0 games

or

JuJuan Dulaney (6-3, 297)

Class: Senior

Experience: 13 games (at Maryland), 0 starts


Center

Paul Stawarz (6-6, 295)

Class: Junior

Experience: 8 games, 8 starts


Right Guard

Jack Anderson (6-5, 315)

Class: Freshman

Experience: 0 games


Right Tackle

Terence Steele (6-6, 320)

Class: Sophomore

Experience: 12 games, 12 starts


DEFENSE

Strongside Defensive End

Eli Howard (6-4, 260)

Class: Sophomore

Experience: 0 games


Defensive Tackle

Broderick Washington (6-3, 295)

Class: Sophomore

Experience: 12 games, 1 start

Career Stats: 14 tackles, 1 sack


Nose Guard

Mych Thomas (6-2, 325)

Class: Senior

Experience: 10 games, 0 starts

Career stats: 8 tackles, 2 TFL


Rush End

Lonzell Gilmore (6-3, 250)

Class: Sophomore

Experience: 12 games, 0 starts

Career Stats: 6 tackles, 1 sack

or

Kolin Hill (6-2, 245)

Class: Junior

Experience: 21 games (9 at Notre Dame), 11 starts (all with Tech)

Career Stats: 39 tackles, 6.5 TFL, 3 sacks


Mike Linebacker

Jordyn Brooks (6-1, 240)

Class: Sophomore

Experience: 12 games, 11 starts

Career Stats: 86 tackles, 5 TFL, Sack, FF


Will Linebacker

Dakota Allen (6-2, 225)

Class: Junior

Experience: 12 games, 5 starts

Career Stats: 87 tackles, 6 TFL, 2 INTs


Cornerback

Octavious Morgan (6-0, 205)

Class: Junior

Experience: 0 games


Nickel

Douglas Coleman (6-1, 185)

Class: Sophomore

Experience: 11 games, 3 starts

Career Stats: 26 tackles, sack, forced fumble, fumble recovery (100 yards for TD), INT, 6 PBU


Cornerback

D.J. Polite-Bray (6-0, 190)

Class: Senior

Experience: 31 games, 9 starts

Career Stats: 34 tackles, TFL, 5 PD; 13 receptions, 97 yards, TD


Safety

Jah'Shawn Johnson (5-10, 185)

Class: Junior

Experience: 29 games, 25 starts

Career Stats: 167 tackles, 7.5 TFL, 5 FF, 5 FR, 5 INTs, 14 PD


Safety

Vaughnte Dorsey (5-11, 200)

Class: Junior

Experience: 0 games


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