The three-year Alan Bowman period has come to an finish in Lubbock, so a brand new beginning quarterback shall be named this offseason. The query is: Who will or not it’s?
Right here’s the quarterback place outlook for Texas Tech in 2021.
Key returnees: Henry Colombi (junior; 6-2, 205), Donovan Smith (freshman; 6-5, 215), Maverick McIvor (redshirt freshman; 6-3, 210)
Key losses: Alan Bowman (switch)
Newcomers: Behren Morton (Eastland Excessive College; 6-3, 185)
Greatest unanswered query: Who would be the starter Week 1?
Whether or not Bowman determined to remain or not, there was going to be a quarterback battle this offseason. Now there are not less than 4 completely different gamers with a foot within the race. At 146th nationally, Morton is available in as Tech’s highest-rated recruit from the 2021 class and looks like the early frontrunner. Nevertheless, there are issues about him being a real freshman beginning quarterback. Colombi bought expertise as a starter final season, and don’t be shocked if Smith finds himself within the warmth of the battle this spring and summer season.
Why 2021 manufacturing may very well be higher: Merely, the passing sport can not get a lot worse after the 2020 season. Actually, 2020 was Tech’s worst yr by way of passing yards per sport, at 266.7, since Spike Dykes’ closing yr as coach in 1999. Mix the low bar with the truth that no different quarterback within the prestigious historical past of Tech passers was ranked larger than Morton popping out of highschool, and there ought to be optimism for Crimson Raider followers.
Why 2021 manufacturing may very well be worse: Whereas the quarterback room is filled with expertise, it’s missing in expertise. If Morton will get the nod in early September, he’ll achieve this as a real freshman. Smith and McIvor have but to play in a sport as collegiate athletes due partly to harm issues they’ve confronted. Colombi is the one quarterback on the roster with enjoying expertise however struggled at instances throughout his first yr in Lubbock, averaging 177.5 yards per sport whereas throwing eight touchdowns, 4 interceptions and getting sacked 14 instances.
General outlook: The competitors shall be good for all 4 quarterbacks. It’s going to give Morton expertise enjoying with and towards Division I expertise in follow. It’ll give some helpful reps to McIvor and Smith, who may have spent almost three and two years with out enjoying in a sport, respectively. Between a brand new offensive coordinator and a head coach on the new seat, there shall be plenty of stress on the winner to return in and succeed instantly. The expertise of the offensive line and operating backs, plus the play-making capability of Biletnikoff candidate Erik Ezukanma, ought to assist.