by Tyler Bean
Senior defensive back Tre' Porter will head into 2013 as the unquestioned leader in the secondary - a position group that has plenty of question marks surrounding it under first year defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt. While doubt hangs over the defensive backs, Porter can't seem to figure out what all the fuss is about.
"Being at Texas Tech, defense has always been underestimated. We made a little splash last year as a defensive unit. The secondary played a key part in that. This year, coming into it, I was expecting more respect for Texas Tech's defense and the secondary especially. I haven't quite received that but I don't mind proving people wrong."
Porter finished 2012 as an All-Big 12 Honorable Mention selection, racking up 30 tackles and a sack for the Red Raiders. This year, he hopes to take what he learned from the likes of Cody Davis and DJ Johnson as he moves to free safety in Texas Tech's new scheme. Porter enjoys the freedom that comes with being a free safety.
"Cody taught me a lot. He taught me how to be strong, how to read run or pass very fast," said Porter. "He taught me how to read concepts of routes. As far as DJ, he taught me how to be mentally strong, how to be tough on the field."
Porter will now be that leader for some of the younger players in the secondary under coach Trey Haverty. JJ Gaines, Dorian Crawford, Keenon Ward and Tanner Jacobson will all rely heavily on Porter's experience.
One of the most unique perspectives Porter gets to have in his new role is of the ongoing quarterback battle.
"You're more on edge like you want to come up when (Brewer) starts to scramble, but yet the receivers start running deeper routes so they can get behind you. As far as Davis, hes a more precise, accurate guy. He sits in the pocket but he can also run, too. That's something that a lot of people don't know.
Porter said he likes both Brewer and Davis personally, and knows coach Kingsbury has a tough decision on his hands.