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Kenny Williams trying his hand at linebacker

Kenny Williams (Source: Texas Tech Athletics) Kenny Williams (Source: Texas Tech Athletics)

Texas Tech's leading rusher a season ago, Kenny Williams, is practicing at linebacker during spring practices.

With Texas Tech in need of a replacement for Terrance Bullitt at the "Raider" position, otherwise known as outside linebacker, Williams has stepped up to the plate as a potential candidate.

"We're kind of thin at that [Raider] position," Williams said before practice Tuesday. "We aren't a run-heavy team in the first place, so whatever I can do for the team... It's definitely a learning curve, but that's football. You have to adapt."

Williams rushed for nearly 500 yards last season and scored eight touchdowns. As a senior, Williams knows the offense well enough to survive spring practice away from his natural position, instead using the time to learn the ins-and-outs of defense. But the plan isn't to make him a linebacker full-time.

"I plan on going both ways, but for the spring I'm just trying to get the defensive plays down and just roll with it," Williams said.

"He's [Williams] made reference to it in the past that whatever the team needs me to do, I will," coach Kingsbury said. "Just the type of player he is. We're going to play him all over the field no matter what position it is, he's that good of a football player."

Last season Williams rated as one of the Big 12's best special teams performers where he shined as a sure-tackler. Williams has had the itch to play defense for awhile and now it appears he'll get his wish.

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