1. QB Tyler Shough, Texas Tech from Oregon
Okay, okay, okay, so we went a bit overboard last year by calling the transfer of KJ Costello from Stanford to Mississippi State one of the biggest moves of the offseason – but it looked fantastic for a week after that LSU performance.
Let’s just dive right in again with a guy who has all the NFL tools to go along with an offense to put them to good use.
There’s still work to be done – the game needs to slow down a bit – and he’ll have to prove he can quickly read his progressions better than he did at Oregon, but it’s not crazy to think that he’s one mammoth statistical season away from being the No. 1 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
He was supposed to push for the starting job with the Ducks as a freshman, but that Justin Herbert guy was too good and kept the gig. Shough split time as a sophomore, but he hit 64% of his passes for close to 1,600 yards with 13 touchdowns and six picks – and ran for 271 yards and two scores – on the way to a Pac-12 title.
Now it’ll be his job to take the Texas Tech offense up several notches and make the passing game go again.
21 for 2021 Preview Topics (so far)
21. Thoughts, Wishes, Hopes for 2021
20. Best Teams To Not Make CFP
19: Teams That Will Rebound Big
18. Teams That Will Fall Back
17: Every Power 5 Team’s Letdown Game
16. Expectations For New Head Coaches
15. Expectations For 2nd Year Head Coaches
14. Power 5 Hot Seat Coach Rankings