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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Best Texas Tech Offensive Player

OT/OG Madison Akamnanu, Jr.
One of the quarterback options will surely be the star of the show, and a receiver or three will end up earning all-star honors, but the 6-5, 320-pound versatile Akamnanu has the frame and upside to grow into something fantastic.

He already earned All-Big 12 recognition last year after spending most of the season starting at guard, but he saw time at left tackle and can move to the right side, too.

2. RB Tre King, Sr.
3. OG Jack Anderson, Soph.
4. QB McLane Carter, Jr.
5. OT Travis Bruffy, Jr.

Best Texas Tech Defensive Player

LB Dakota Allen, Sr.
He kicked off his career with a huge 87-tackle freshman season, left the program and went the JUCO route, made 117 stops for East Mississippi Community College, and came back to Lubbock and turned in an all-star season.

The 6-1, 235-pound leader and big hitter led the way with 102 stops with two sacks, six tackles for loss, and two picks. While’s he’s not massive and bulky, he can run, and he can always get around the ball making 13 stops against Texas and 12 against Houston.

2. S Jah’Shawn Johnson, Sr.
3. S Justus Parker, Jr.
4. S Vaughnte Dorsey, Sr.
5. LB Jordyn Brooks, Jr.

Key Player To A Successful Season

QB McLane Carter, Jr.
Or Jett Duffey. The 6-3, 225-pound Carter came in from the JUCO ranks and served as Nic Shimonek’s backup. When he got his starting shot against Texas, he struggled, completing 16-of-37 passes for 237 yards with two picks, and was replaced for Shimonek. He’s got the size, and arm, and the time logged in, but he needs to be consistent.

Duffey is a 6-1, 200-pounder with dual-threat skills with the upside to add a whole other element to what the Red Raiders like to do. There have been some off-the-field issues, but he’s still with the program and deep in the mix for the job. At the very least, there might be a few packages designed for him.

Key Game To The Texas Tech Season

Ole Miss, Sept. 1 (in Houston)
Texas Tech, you need to win this to prove you can. This is a good Ole Miss team, but it’s not a great one, and it’s not a deep one. It’s going to be a shootout and it’ll be fun, but it’s the type of 50/50 game the Red Raiders have to take down.

The Big 12 slate isn’t going to be easy, and there aren’t going to be a whole slew of sure-thing wins. Beat the Rebels, or else the pressure will be one with a rough first half of the season ahead.

2017 Texas Tech Fun Stats

– 1st Quarter Scoring: Texas Tech 136 – Opponents 68
– Field Goals: Opponents 18-of-22 – Opponents 12-of-23
– Penalties: Texas Tech 104 for 996 yards – Opponents 76 for 745 yards

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