2018 Texas Tech Red Raiders

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  1. Red raider

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    Since 2006, Texas Tech has started 7, 9, 8, 10, 7, 8, 5, 4, 7, 5, and 6. In 2018 there will likely be 8 white starters. McLane Carter is in a position battle for QB but has the edge so far and most people in the tech community think he will win it. He started against Texas last year and had an up and down game, he also started a full season in JUCO. Zach Austin has had 2 season ending knee injuries in the past 2 years after recording 22 rec 238 yds 1 TD in 2015, he has a good chance to win a starting slot receiver job and possibly see punt return action as well. He also was a high school teammate and good friends with Baker Mayfield. Lots of white guys on the offensive line and backups as well. DE/Rush Tony Jones had a good season last year but is a rotational player. Walk on true freshman WR Caden Leggett has been so impressive in his first few months that he is already competing for a #2 WR spot behind starter TJ Vasher. Lots of white faces on the roster and hopefully some new guys can emerge this year!

    QB McLane Carter (JR)/Alan Bowman (FR)
    FB Tyler Carr or Mason Reed (both played last year, Reed started but had a season ending injury)
    WR Zach Austin (SR)
    OL Travis Bruffy (JR)
    OL Paul Stawarz (SR)
    OL Jack Anderson (SO)

    DE Eli Howard (SO)
    DB Justus Parker (JR)

    Key Backups:
    WR Dalton Rigdon, WR Brandt Schilling, WR Caden Leggett, OL Dawson Deaton, OL Zach Adams, OL Jack Reichel, DL Houston Miller, DE Quentin Yontz, LB/DE Tony Jones, LB Brayden Stringer
     
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  2. Shadowlight

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    Thanks Raider.

    Every year my expectations for Tech are too high and I leave disappointed at the end of the day. I never learn. Even WR Cantrell was never their main attraction the past few seasons.They just keep wheeling out black, usually small, WRs year in and year out.

    The emergence of Justus Parker cheered me up some and I look forward to his continued growth as a player. Just a Junior perhaps he is NFL material and we all know here given the lack of white DBs that any DB with a shot at the NFL is a Godsend.

    But Raider hits the nail on the head. If some of those white WRs emerge we could be looking at an improvement and perhaps for once I won't leave disappointed. If the teams skews more white in the key positions I just hope it happens sooner rather than later. The opportunities seem ripe but closing the deal is another story.

    Certainly a team to monitor closely.
     
  3. Bucky

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    Nice write up, refreshing to see an uptick in starters at Tech!
     
  4. Red raider

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    Zach Austin won a starting slot receiver job, walk on redshirt freshman Dalton Rigdon won the backup job to TJ Vasher and beat out 2 highly regarded freshman that are both at least 5 inches taller than him. Tony Jones, Quentin Yontz, Braden Stringer all on the 2 deep for defense.
     
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    DE/LB Tony Jones has 13 tackles 4 tfl 2 sacks and a pass deflection in 2 games and isn’t even a starter! He had 6.5 tfl last year, looking for him to get at least 12 tfl and 5 sacks this year in his senior season. He backs up a black Notre Dame transfer that is decent but not as good as Jones, he had less tfl’s and sacks than Jones last year and only has 6 tackles and .5 for a loss this year. LET TONY BE THE FULL TIME STARTER
     
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    Tony Jones of course recorded the only sack for TTU against Houston and he’s now up to 17 tackles 5 tfl 3 sacks and a past deflection through 3 games, I know this is a long shot but he could be a dark horse candidate for the All-Big 12 team if he keeps playing the way he has, at least a sack in a each game so far. Also it’s been great to see Alan Bowman flourishing, hopefully he can get Zach Austin and Dalton Rigdon the ball more, they only have 10 combined catches and Austin is a starter.
     
  7. Leonardfan

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    Did Justus Parker play at all vs Houston?
     
  8. Red raider

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    I believe so, he hasn’t had any impact at all in any of the 3 games so far this season, which is disappointing considering our best DB has been out all 3 games and our best corner is out for the season, I thought he’d step up and prove to be the #1 DB. I’m not too worried though because he’ll have plenty of opportunities once conference play starts. He was making plays all offseason it’s only a matter of time until it happens in game. His skinny black backup has given up at least 3-4 TD’s already this season so his spot isn’t in jeopardy by any means.
     
  9. Jimmy Chitwood

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    i haven’t watched a single Texas Tech game, but no stats for a corner usually means he’s doing an incredible job shutting his man (or zone area) down. is that the case with Parker?
     
  10. Red raider

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    Pretty much, he hasn’t done anything wrong. He just hasn’t been a playmaker yet like he was last year. But every time I’ve seen a touchdown given up it hasn’t been him
     

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