Which freshmen will step up?

The Red Raiders lost 3 star wide receivers from last year's team in Joel Filani, Robert Johnson, and Jarrett Hicks. Several players are being looked at to step up and fill the void, including a few of the incoming freshmen. Players such as Tramain Swindall, Rashad Hawk, and Detron Lewis are all on campus and are working for playing time in Mike Leach's high powered offense.

One area where the Texas Tech football team is currently unproven is at wide receiver. After losing Joel Filani, Robert Johnson, and Jarrett Hicks from last year's squad, the Red Raiders will need to find suitable replacements for all 3. Players such as Michael Crabtree, L.A. Reed, and Grant Walker are all expected to step up and fill the void that was left by the graduation of the 3 senior playmakers.

Although some of the team veterans are expected to step up, the incoming freshmen receivers are also being looked at to contribute early on.

Out of all the freshmen wide receivers, Tramain Swindall has impressed the most thus far. He is catching more balls in 7 on 7's then any of the other new guys and has a knack for making the tough catch. He will be playing Y and will have to battle it out with senior Danny Amendola for playing time.

Rashad Hawk out of Copperas Cove is also expected to make a contribution early on. The former football and track star has blazing speed, and with his 6'2, 180 pound frame, he will be a load to deal with for opposing defenses. Hawk will start out at X receiver going into fall practice.

A&M Consolidated WR Detron Lewis has also made it to campus and is working out with the team. He is currently practicing at the H position behind junior Eric Morris. Lewis will be wearing #9, Robert Johnson's old number, this coming season.

Jacoby Franks out of West Orange-Stark HS will likely play the Z position this coming year. He will be behind 2 potential superstars in Michael Crabtree and Edward Britton, but Franks will be a solid contributor for the Air Raid offense in coming years.



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