Preview 2018: Texas Tech Red Raiders. There's A Defense Now?

Preview 2018: Texas Tech Red Raiders. There's A Defense Now?

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Preview 2018: Texas Tech Red Raiders. There's A Defense Now?

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What You Need To Know About The Texas Tech Offense

– Kevin Johns comes in from Western Michigan to join Clay McGuire as co-offensive coordinators, but this is still going to be Kliff Kingsbury’s offense. Of course, the Red Raiders are going to keep throwing the ball, and the system will always crank up the big numbers, but the parts have to be there.

Leading passer Nic Shimonek is gone, and McLane Carter got in a little work and Jett Duffey has the upside and talent to be the star. Neither one has looked like anything special this offseason, and the position is ripe for a key grad transfer to step in and give it a shot.

Carter has the size, and Duffey is the smaller more dangerous all-around option. Freshman Alan Bowman is throwing his hat into the ring, too.

– The system makes the receivers as much as the other way around, but the loss of go-to guy Keke Coutee, along with Dylan Cantrell and Cameron Batson, takes away the top three target. In all five of the top six receivers from last year are done.

T.J. Vasher is an interesting 6-6, 190-pounder, but overall this is a very young, very green group that has to grow up with a new starting quarterback trying to find his way.

– The running backs are fine despite the loss of Justin Stockton and the transfer of Desmond Nisby. Tre King was the second-leading rusher with 623 yards and five scores, and while it’s a young group around him, it’s a quick, good one behind a solid-looking offensive line.

Madison Akamnonu has the talent and skills to play just about anywhere, and five other key parts are back to last year’s starting mix to work the puzzle together. It’s a recruit-to-a-type line with a slew of veteran 6-5ish, 320-poundish blockers.

Biggest Key To The Texas Tech Offense

The Red Raider offense has to score more when it gets the chance. Dead last in the Big 12 in red zone scoring, Texas Tech only came up with points 69% of the time, and it mattered. It missed on one scoring try in the four point loss to USF, came up with two empty trips in the seven point loss to Kansas State, and overall, was empty on 19 times inside the 20. The year before? Texas Tech scored on over 90% of its chances.

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