The Texas Tech Red Raiders are looking to build off a strong debut season for head coach Kliff Kingsbury in 2013 starting with a productive spring practice session to kick off 2014. The spring got off to a somewhat surprising start as the team’s leading rusher over the last two seasons, Kenny Williams, approached the coaching staff about switching positions and has been working with the linebackers during practice. Will the move benefit him and the Red Raiders next fall?
While the running game has never been a great priority in the Tech offense, Williams provided a bit of balance to the attack last season, rushing 125 times for 497 yards and eight touchdowns. The 5-foot-9, 225-pound senior to be provided a consistent presence out of the backfield but was largely believed to lack the explosive speed to make it as a running back in the NFL. He does have excellent quickness, however, that he has used effectively as a standout special teams player and will serve him well at linebacker.
His move to the defensive side of the ball opens the way for Quentin White to see an expanded role at running back in 2014. Last season as a freshman, White showed off an explosive playmaking ability, gaining 130 yards on just 13 carries with a touchdown. There are high expectations for the dynamic White and having one fewer back ahead of him on the depth chart only opens the way for him to see the field next fall.
Williams’ move also helps the team address a glaring need on the defensive side of the ball. Tech was looking at a serious depth issue at linebacker and having Williams add his athletic talents to the mix will help the defense take a step forward in 2014 and get the Red Raiders that much closer to their goal of contending for a Big 12 title. While it was a bit of a surprise to find out, moving Williams to the defensive side of the ball could be a huge boost to Texas Tech in 2014.
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