Big 12: Texas Tech Red Raiders
If everything is fine, Alan Bowman is almost certainly the Texas Tech starting quarterback.
But Bowman hasn’t been fine, getting rocked with a slew of injuries that kept him out of large parts of the last two seasons. From a shoulder problem to a tough issue with a collapsed lung, he has only been on the field for 11 games in two years, hitting 68% of his throws for 3,658 yards and 23 touchdowns with ten picks.
The 6-3, 210-pounder has good size, good decision-making ability, and the skills to run the Texas Tech offense and make it fly.
But considering the problems over the last two seasons, the team needs a reliable backup.
Jett Duffey had his moments last year, and he brought a mobility to the position that Bowman doesn’t have, but he transferred away from the program.
Enter Maverick McIvor, a 6-3, 195-pound redshirt freshman with dual threat skills and the talent to be exactly what head coach Matt Wells is looking for. However, he to be healthy, too, coming off a foot problem that knocked him out for all of last year.
That means Texas Tech needs a third option, and it doesn’t have one – yet.
6-5 freshman Donovan Smith is another mobile passer with a world of upside, but he didn’t play a whole lot in high school an he’ll need a whole lot of time and seasoning.
So what to read out of all of this? There’s room for a transfer to potentially come in and bring a little depth.