- Max Olson, ESPN Staff Writer
HornsNation is breaking down Texas' 2013 football schedule every Monday this summer. This week: The Longhorns' 11th game of the season vs. Texas Tech on Nov. 28.
2012 record: 8-5, 4-5 in the Big 12
Last time against Texas: Texas won 31-22 in Lubbock, Texas, in 2012.
All-time vs. Texas: Texas leads 45-15.
Starters lost: QB Seth Doege, RB Eric Stephens, WR Darrin Moore, WR Alex Torres, WR Tyson Williams, OT LaAdrian Waddle, OC Deveric Gallington, OT Terry McDaniel, CB Eugene Neboh, S Cody Davis, S D.J. Johnson
Starters returning: RB Kenny Williams, WR Eric Ward, TE Jace Amaro, OT Le’Raven Clark, OG Tony Morales, OG Beau Carpenter, DE Kerry Hyder, DE Dartwan Bush, DT Jackson Richards, LB Will Smith, LB Terrance Bullitt, LB Sam Eguavoen, CB Bruce Jones, S Tre’ Porter, K Ryan Bustin, P Ryan Erxleben
Passing: Michael Brewer (34 for 48, 375 yards, 4 TDs)
Rushing: Kenny Williams (143 rushes, 824 yards, 5 TDs)
Receiving: Eric Ward (82 receptions, 1,053 yards, 12 TDs)
Tackles: Kerry Hyder (56)
Interceptions: Jeremy Reynolds (1)
Sacks: Kerry Hyder, Dartwan Bush (6)
Did you know: The average age of Texas Tech’s new coaching staff is 35 years old. Head coach Kliff Kingsbury is 33. Only three members of his staff are older than 40, and five Red Raiders assistants were born in the 1980s.
What to watch
Battle isn’t over: When Lake Travis grad Michael Brewer returns home to Austin for Tech’s Thanksgiving season finale, will he still be the starter? Don’t count out freshman quarterback Davis Webb, who enrolled early this spring and wowed the coaching staff with his arm talent. Tech’s post-spring depth chart lists Brewer “or” Webb as the first-string QB. The third-year Brewer has more experience, but we know Kliff Kingsbury isn’t afraid to roll with a freshman behind center.
Defined D-line: New DC Matt Wallerstedt brings a 3-4 scheme to Lubbock and has the good fortune of inheriting all five defensive linemen who earned starts in 2012, led by preseason All-Big 12 honoree Hyder. The new scheme means some reshuffling – Hyder from nose tackle to end, for example – but the experience up front is a plus.
Strong start: Expect a down year for Tech if you want, but a 6-1 start to the season is certainly possible when you look at the schedule. The toughest test of the first half is its Big 12 opener vs. TCU on Sept. 12, but that’s at home. The conference schedule lines up fairly nicely from there (at Kansas, Iowa State, at West Virginia) before a big Oct. 26 game at Oklahoma.