Defensive line looks for help from newcomers

After a season that saw the Texas Tech Red Raiders have the nation's top offenses along with one of the nations worst defenses, the Texas Tech football program is hoping that returning experience along with a few JUCO newcomers can make the defense respectable in 2004.

The biggest JUCO impact will be felt most on the defensive line. Brett Bischofberger is the player most likely to make an impact on the defensive line. Bischofberger is already enrolled at Texas Tech and will be participating in spring workouts. This should give Bischofberger a leg up in the race for the defensive end spot opposite Addell Duckett. While he will probably play mostly at the end, it is possible that Bischofberger could play as a tackle if necessary.

Charles Glover is another of the JUCO transfers looking for playing time on the line. Glover won't be in Lubbock until fall workouts, so he'll have to impress the coaches quickly if he's going to take one of the defensive tackle spots away from the four returning tackles. He should have a decent shot at a starting position because coaches generally don't bring in JUCO players to play backup. If he doesn't get a starting job he will provide some much needed depth at the position.

Deke Bake is the third of the JUCO linemen. Bake is a speedster and should be fighting for playing time at the end. Since he won't be in Lubbock until fall workouts, he'll have to make up ground on Bischofberger if he wants to start. Since Duckett has one spot already locked up, Bake will probably start the season as a backup defensive end.

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