March 28, 2007

Red Raiders a third of the way through


Starting left guard Louis Vasquez came to Texas Tech as a highly touted recruit with high expectations. Thus far, Vasquez has not disappointed, turning in a stellar campaign as a sophomore last season. However, this year Vasquez is the only member of the offensive line with any starting experience, and is taking on more of a leadership role.

"This year, the coaches expect me to be a little bit more of a leader," he explained. "I just try to lead by example and work hard, and hopefully guys follow that."

Just because he is the only returning member from last year's line doesn't mean that Vasquez has low expectations for this year's line.

"I feel this year's line has a chance to be just as good or better than last year's," he commented. "We have a lot of young talent this year and we're just waiting for our chance to show what we've got. Even without Aleman and Carter right now, we've still got Stephen Hamby. From what I've seen from him so far, he's definitely a scholarship level player."

One thing working in their favor is the level of chemistry between next year's projected starters.

"I feel like we're really comfortable with each, which is a positive," said the 6-foot-6 junior. "I mean, we all pretty much came in the same class, so we know each other. I already feel as comfortable with these guys as I did with last year's line."

One area in particular has Vasquez excited: the opportunity to man the left side of the line with his good friend Marlon Winn.

"Well, I got along good with Glenn last year, but Marlon's my roommate," he said. "So it's all really natural on the left side. We know what we've got to do over there."

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