The Red Raiders don't need "Dom-O" to dominate as he steps in at left tackle, but he has to show he's capable - and right away - to keep the job.

August 8, 2014 - 9:49pm

Tech roster analysis: Young DE could find time as situational pass rusher

Zach Barnes

Position: Defensive end

Ht./wt: 6-2, 221

Class-exp.: So.-1L

High school: Loganville, Ga., Grayson

Last year: Barnes took advantage of opportunity and played in five games as a true freshman, making two tackles. Most of his playing time came as a down defensive end, rather than the special-teams route that so many young players take.

Tech roster analysis: Raiders willing to wait on Moore's development

Tech Roster Analysis

Gary Moore

Position: Defensive end

Ht./wt.: 6-5, 226

Class-Exp.: Redshirt freshman

High school: Clarksville

Last year: Moore spent the summer of 2013 training as an outside receiver behind Eric Ward, then moved to defense during the season. A broken foot stalled his progress, sidelining him for the last half of the season and the early part of spring practice.

Tech roster analysis: Raiders wait for Middleton to break out

Tech Roster Analysis

Tyler Middleton

Position: Split end

Ht./Wt.: 6-0, 195

Class-Exp.: Jr.-RS

High school: Midland

Last year: The Red Raiders redshirted Middleton after bringing him in from Navarro College, where he was a conference runner-up in rushing and a bowl game MVP. He spent the fall working mainly at running back, then joined the cornerback competition for spring practice.

Texas Tech expects Polite-Bray, Lauderdale, Davis and Cantrell all to make a bunch of memorable plays over the course of their college careers.

August 7, 2014 - 9:54pm

Position: Middle linebacker Ht./Wt.: 6-1, 212 Class-Exp.: So.-1L High school: Ennis Last year: Jenkins played in all but one game as a true freshman, getting most of his time on special teams.

August 7, 2014 - 9:51pm

One of Texas Tech's preferred walk-ons is Braden Marusak, a son of former Tech defensive back Dean Marusak who lettered from 1985-88. Braden Marusak was first-team all-District 3-4A for Amarillo in 2012 and second-team all-District 3-4A last year.

August 7, 2014 - 9:51pm

Tech roster analysis: Woods tries to bounce back from knee surgery, slow start

Kahlee Woods

Position: Weak inside linebacker

Ht./Wt.: 6-0, 224

Class-Exp.: Redshirt freshman

High school: Sherman

Last year: Woods redshirted and his progress stalled around midseason when he needed arthroscopic knee surgery. Coaches also wanted him to tone his body to make sure he kept his weight in check.

Tech roster analysis: Brown tries to battle way back into starting lineup

Baylen Brown

Position: Guard

Ht./Wt.: 6-4, 293

Class-Exp.: So.-1L

High school: San Antonio O’Connor

Last year: Brown advanced quickly enough to forgo a redshirt year by the third game. He wound up playing in 11 games and starting the last three against Baylor, Texas and Arizona State.