Texas Tech's specialists were above average to good last season, but mistakes at critical points by coverage and protection units marred the team's overall special teams performance last season. The Red Raiders should be better on that side of the ball in 2012, but the real test will be whether or not the special teams units can avoid the kind of back-breaking and game-altering gaffes that have plagued the team for the last two seasons.
Returning Starters: Ryan Erxleben (12)
Others Returning: David Brenner, Ryan Bustin, Alex Chester, Kramer Fyfe
Newcomers: Trent Williams
Departures: Donnie Carona, Bradley Hicks, Jesse Smitherman