LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech offensive lineman and preseason All-American Brandon Carter (Longview, Texas) has been selected to the Big 12 Conference Preseason First Team, announced Friday morning by the league office. Carter was the only Red Raider named to the team.
Carter, a 6-foot-7, 344-pound, guard returns for his senior season as one of the nation's top interior lineman and is expected to be a candidate for several individual position awards. Earlier this summer he was named a preseason first-team All-American by NationalChamps.net and a second-team selection by Phil Steele Magazine.
Last season when he didn't allow a sack from his right guard position, Carter became the first offensive lineman since Charles Odiorne in 1989 to earn first-team All-America honors. Carter received first-team nods from both The Sporting News and the American Football Coaches Association. Offensive tackle Rylan Reed was a Walter Camp All-American and guard Louis Vasquez picked up Associated Press third-team honors as Texas Tech boasted what was arguably the most talented line in school history.
Not only did quarterback Graham Harrell benefit from the protection of Carter and his teammates, but the running game also flourished. For the first time since the 1979 season, Texas Tech rushed for 100 yards each in 10 games and scored 28 touchdowns on the ground, two shy of the school record set in 1993. Running back Baron Batch averaged 6.7 yards per carry, the highest per rush average since George Smith's 6.9 in 1972.