Preview 2019: Previewing and looking ahead to the Texas Tech Red Raiders season with what you need to know.
– What You Need To Know: Offense | Defense
– Top Players | Key Players, Games, Stats
– What Will Happen, Win Total Prediction
– Recruiting Class Analysis | Schedule Analysis
– Texas Tech Previews 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015
2018 Record: 5-7 overall, 3-5 in Big 12
Head Coach: Matt Wells, 1st year
5. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE TEXAS TECH OFFENSE
– The Utah State offense last season under new Texas Tech head coach Matt Wells finished second in the nation in scoring, 11th in yards, and rocked with a quick mid-range passing game that fits the Texas Tech offensive world almost perfectly.
There will be tweaks, and it’s not going to be the same attack like there was under Kliff Kingsbury – get ready for more of a rushing element to the mix – but if it all works under offensive coordinator and quarterback coaching star David Yost, Red Raider fans will like what’s coming.
– The quarterback situation was very deep and very good, and then injuries hit, and the season went into the tank. The passers are there to do what the new coaching staff wants, starting with Alan Bowman, who put up a wonderful season before getting knocked out with a lung injury. Jett Duffey is a great fit with his mobility, and freshman Maverick McIvor is an interesting option to develop. McLane Carter – who struggled when he got his chances – transferred to Rutgers.
– The receiving corps lost leading receiver Antoine Wesley early to the NFL – he’s a Baltimore Raven – and second-leading target Ja’Deion High is done, but it’s Texas Tech. Everything will be fine as long as everyone is healthy – more on that in the What To Watch For On Offense.
TJ Vasher is a 6-6, 190-pound matchup problem who caught 54 passes with seven touchdowns, 6-3 former Oregon State transfer Seth Collins had a nice 32-catch season, and there’s a whole lot of young talent – sophomores Kesean Carter and Erik Ezukanma – waiting to explode.
The group is already solid, and in comes McLane Mannix from Nevada – who caught 50 passes with seven scores for the Wolf Pack – and ULM transfer RJ Turner.
The tight ends will matter, too, but one has to emerge from the pack. 6-5, Donta Thompson caught just two passes last season – the position has to be developed.
– Four starters are back on an offensive front that did its job. The Kingsbury attack is all about getting the ball out of the quarterbacks’ hands in a hurry, but don’t gloss over the line allowing just 25 sacks. It’s a veteran group that should be one of the team’s biggest strengths, and it should be more than solid for a good group of running backs to add a bit more to the mix.
Leading running back Da’Leon Ward returns – maybe, considering he’s been indefinitely suspended – but he only ran for 341 yards and averaged just 4.3 yards per carry. Utah’s Armand Shyne is transferring in, to go along with Ward and sophomore Ta’Zhawn Henry.