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Defensive departures

WreckEm247 takes a look at seniors from Texas Tech's 2012 defense that have exhausted their eligibility.

Veteran safeties D.J. Johnson and Cody Davis will be tough to replace.

Defensive Line:
The Red Raiders return their entire starting defensive line from 2012, which showed signs of improvement as the season progressed. Texas Tech’s only loss in the two deep is defensive tackle Leon Mackey.

Leon Mackey
Mackey had six tackles, one tackle for loss, and one quarterback hurry in 2012.

Tech returns its entire 2012 two deep at linebacker.

Defensive backs:
The Red Raiders take their biggest hit defensively in the secondary, where they will have to replace all four starters from 2012. Starting corner Cornelius Douglas missed half of the season with a knee injury, so Bruce Jones logged several starts in his absence. Jones' return, in addition to nickelback Tre Porter moving to one of the other three spots, will soften the blow for the Red Raiders. The two veteran safeties will be tough to replace.

CB Cornelius Douglas
In six games, Douglas had 17 tackles, four tackles for loss, and two interceptions for 40 yards.

CB Eugene Neboh
Neboh had 41 tackles, and 12 pass breakups in 2012, including key break-ups in wins over West Virginia, TCU, and Kansas.

S D.J. Johnson
Johnson had 90 tackles, two tackles for loss, a sack, five pass break-ups, and two interceptions for 54 yards. The three-year starter ended his Tech career on a high note with 14 tackles in the Meineke Car Care Bowl win over Minnesota, which was the most by any Red Raider in 2012, and an interception late in the fourth that helped Tech rally back.

S Cody Davis
The four-year starter, who was arguably the leader of the Red Raiders defense in 2012, had 101 tackles, 3 1/2 tackles for loss, seven pass break-ups, a quarterback hurry, and three interceptions for 88 yards and a touchdown his senior year.

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