Texas Tech 2020 Season Preview: Matt Wells’ Take Two

Offensive Preview

In 2019, Texas Tech ranked 11th nationally in total offense, averaging more than 474 yards per game. There’s a good chance offensive coordinator David Yost could continue this momentum in 2020.

QB

After the transfer of last year’s starting QB Jett Duffey, it will be interesting to see how the QB position shakes out for Texas Tech. Chances are, Alan Bowman will get the start. He threw for over 1000 yards and 6 TDs in 3 games last season before his injury, and 2,638 yards and 17 TDs the year before as a freshman. However, concerns still loom over his longevity due to his history of injuries (lung in 2018, shoulder in 2019). Fortunately, Texas Tech also has redshirt freshmen Maverick McIvor, (returning from foot injury), and Logan Greene. McIvor was a 3-star recruit according to 247 Sports composite rankings, while Greene was a walk on. If Bowan can stay healthy the sky is the limit for this this offense, otherwise look for McIvor to step up and hopefully play as well as Duffey.

WRs and RBs

Regardless of who is QB, they will haves someone to throw to. Between WRs and RBs, seven of the nine players who caught 20 passes or more are expected back.

Last year, Texas Tech really spread the wealth among their recievers and I expect more of the same. Still, expect Senior TJ Vasher and sophomore Erik Ezukanma to stand out, as they are the returners with the highest production. Also keep an eye on newcomer Loic Fouonji to make a few plays. Fouonji is the prototypical WR. He is a whopping 6-4, 194 lbs and he knows how to use it. He recorded 73 receptions for 1,471 yards and 22 touchdowns with Lee High School last year.

As for the RBs, the transfer of Ta’Zhawn Henry isn’t great but SaRodorick Thompson (redshirt shophomore) returns with, Jax Welch (redshirt senior), and Chux Nwabuko III (sophomore). In addition, Alabama graduate transfer Chadarius Townsend is expected to help the backfield in 2020. Between Thompson – who led the Red Raiders with 765 rushing yards last year – and Townsend I think Texas Tech will be just fine.

Offensive Line

The last piece of the puzzle is the offensive line. Three starters return including Jack Anderson, who’s coming back from a shoulder injury. Look for names like Josh Burger, Casey Verhulst, Zach Adams and Weston Wright to fill in the holes at left guard and both tackle positions. This offensive line has a few moving parts that could pose an issue in 2020. Their play will be crucial in keeping Bowman on the field and therefore are a deciding factor in how this offense will preform in 2020.

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