Here are Matt Wallerstedt's five early eye catchers after three days of spring practice

Asked Tuesday to name players who have impressed him after three sessions of spring practice, Texas Tech defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt singled out weak inside linebacker Sam Eguavoen, strong safety Jalen Barnes, defensive tackle Demetrious Alston, middle linebacker V.J. Fehoko and cornerback Justis Nelson.

Eguavoen is making the switch from middle linebacker, where he started every game last season, to weak inside where 2013 senior Will Smith was the starter.

Fehoko, a younger brother of former Tech player Sam Fehoko, started spring second team at middle linebacker behind Micah Awe.

Fehoko has been much talked-about already, even though he just transferred in at mid-term from Utah.

Wallerstedt called him “a big shot in the arm for this program.”

“He’s a big energy guy,” Wallerstedt said. “I think he’s going to be a force in the middle. He’s intense. He’s violent. Before he takes the field, he always wants to talk crazy to me. He loves to play the game.”

The 5-foot-11, 225-pound Fehoko has some of the best weight-room strength on the team. He gives Tech another option against power-running teams.

Awe has put on about 10 pounds since last season to get to 223. He was sixth on the team with 58 tackles last season.

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