I did it! It’s official game week for the Texas Tech football team.
The Joey McGuire era begins this weekend. The Red Raiders host the Murray State of the FCS and it should be bloody. After all, the Racers went just 6-5 last season, and the aggregate score against their FBS opponents was 69-17, and he lost just two games.
Of course, all eyes will be on when head coach Joey McGuire makes his Red Raiders and college head coaching debut. When he does, he becomes the 17th man to lead the Red Raiders into battle.
Of that group, 10 (Grady Higginbotham, Dell Morgan, DeWitt Weaver, Jim Carlen, Steve Sloan, David McWilliams, Mike Leach, Tommy Tuberville, Kliff Kingsbury and Matt Wells) have won their Red Raider debuts. In fact, the Head of Tech his coach lost a game for the first time in the program since Spike his Dykes in 1987.
Additionally, EY Freeland, Morgan, Weaver, Carlen, Sloan, Rex Dockery, McWilliams, Dykes, Leach, Tuberville and Kingsbury produced winning seasons in the first round against Tech. However, with six opponents ranked in the 2022 preseason coaches poll, it will be difficult for McGuire to join that club.
It’s true that this year has been filled with ups and downs and unpredictable moments, but let’s try to predict what the next few months will bring. indicate.
No. 1: Tech needs a 1,000-yard receiver
There was a time when Texas Tech’s football program was churning out 1,000-yard pass catchers a year. For example, from 2002 to his 2018, the Red Raiders had him 1,000-yard receivers in all but four of his seasons.
But the last time the program recorded a receiver hit was in 2018, when Antoine Wesley had a huge breakout season with 1,410 yards and 9 TDs. Since then, no Tech player has hit more than Eric Ezcomma’s record of 748 yards in 2020.
But that will change this year, as Tech will run at least one receiver for 1,000 yards. There are several reasons to believe that it will.
First and foremost, new offensive coordinator Zach Kitley has a history of designing offenses that produce astounding pass numbers. Last year, he got his two receivers in West Kentucky for over 1,402 yards.
Second, Tech has fared better in the QB spot since the end of the Pat Mahomes era (2016). With Tyler Schoff, Donovan Smith and Bahren Morton on the roster, this year’s team should be further protected from the quarterback injuries that have befallen Tech his football in three of the last four seasons. If starter Shough goes down for an extended period of time, Tech won’t have to rely on an incompetent backup to help keep the offense on track.
On the other hand, the current Red Raider hasn’t even come close to a 1000-yard season in his career. Still, one Red his Raider seems poised for his big 2022 season. Miles Price.
After hitting 38 catches for 523 yards and two TDs last year, the junior inside receiver was voted everyone’s pick to lead the Tech in receiving this fall. Kitley’s offense has been led by receptions by inside receivers played by Price.
Last season, WKU inside receiver Jereth Stearns had a season of 1,902 yards and 150 passes. So Tech’s top internal target he shouldn’t be shocked to see Price run wild again this year. He may not come close to what Stearns accomplished last year, but he is sure to surpass 1,000 yards, which would be a welcome sight for Red his Raiders and his fans.