Texas Tech Red Raiders: CFN College Football Preview 2021

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Texas Tech College Football Preview 2021: Top Players

Best Texas Tech Offensive Player

QB Tyler Shough, Jr.
It wasn’t like he was bad at Oregon. He completed 65% of his passes for 1,703 yards and 16 touchdowns with six picks, and he averaged over nine yards per attempt. He’s not really a runner, but he can take off from time to time and be fine, he has the 6-5, 220-pound size, and he’s got the all-around tools to be next year’s No. 1 overall draft pick in a class that might be relatively light on quarterbacks – at least compared to the 2021 NFL Draft.

2. WR Erik Ezukanma, Jr.
3. C Dawson Deaton, Sr.
4. RB SaRodorick Thompson, Jr.
5. OG Weston Wright, Jr.

Best Texas Tech Defensive Player

LB Riko Jeffers, Sr.
The best player could be Colin Schooler or leading tackler Krishon Merriweather, but Jeffers is the four-year veteran who has been through all the battles and knows how to handle this D. He’s a 6-2, 235-pound outside playmaker with 223 career tackles and six sacks with 22.5 tackles for loss. He wasn’t a huge recruit, but he turned into one of the Big 12’s best defenders.

2. LB Colin Schooler, Sr.
3. LB Krishon Merriweather, Sr.
4. S Eric Monroe, Sr.
5. CB DaMarcus Fields, Sr.

Top Incoming Texas Tech Transfer

QB Tyler Shough, Jr.
The Red Raiders landed a few other transfers who should be decent – S Marquis Waters should find a home right away – but getting a quarterback with Shough’s upside was a major coup.

He still needs polish and has to speed up his decision-making skills, but it’s not a stretch to call him the most talented quarterback in Lubbock since that Mahomes guy was winging it around.

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