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2015 Big 12 unsung hero: Texas Tech G Alfredo Morales

The Big 12 was full of unsung heroes in 2015.

As other players earned headlines and all-conference honors, other playmakers played a critical role in their team’s season. With the aim of recognizing those overshadowed contributors, we are going to take a better look at one unsung hero per Big 12 team over the next week.

Today, we continue the series with Texas Tech.

Senior guard Alfredo Morales

2015 stats: Morales helped the Red Raiders offense finish among the nation’s leaders in passing yards, total yards, yards per play and third-down conversions.

Main contribution: Overshadowed by All-Big 12 tackle Le'Raven Clark, Morales was just as critical along the offensive line. He started all 13 games as Tech returned to a bowl game. Morales provided veteran experience in the middle of an offensive line that allowed a sack on just 4.4 percent of Tech’s pass attempts. In addition, the Red Raiders averaged 4.86 yards per carry and 2.84 rushing yards before contact on runs towards Morales according to ESPN Stats and Information.

Best performances: Morales helped pave the way for 8.92 yards per play and 776 total yards against Iowa State ... Morales was key as Tech rushed for a season-high 293 yards against Texas.

Signature moment: The Red Raiders rushed for over 200 yards in six different games in 2015, including conference matchups with TCU, Iowa State, Texas, Kansas and Kansas State.

Other candidates: Receiver Ian Sadler; safety Jah'Shawn Johnson.