Editor’s word: That is the primary of a five-part collection analyzing points surrounding the 2021 Texas Tech Pink Raiders.
Texas Tech isn’t any stranger to shedding a quarterback by way of switch.
Michael Brewer and Baker Mayfield left for Virginia Tech and Oklahoma in 2014, Davis Webb left for Cal in 2016, and most lately, Alan Bowman left for Michigan. These are simply current examples of high-caliber quarterbacks leaving Texas Tech for an opportunity to begin elsewhere.
With the addition of Tyler Shough from Oregon, it will not be stunning to see one other Pink Raider quarterback enter the switch portal.
There are five quarterbacks in what is now a less competitive offseason battle as early indications recommend the job is Shough’s to lose. For Tech and first-year offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie, the query turns into: What is going to occur to the opposite 4 guys within the race?
Henry Colombi is the one one with collegiate expertise and will have a adequate resume to earn a spot with a Group of 5 program.
Maverick McIvor has not performed aggressive soccer in three years, however a faculty from a smaller convention might wish to take an opportunity on the previous three-star and Kliff Kingsbury recruit. If the Tech teaching workers was concerned about testing McIvor’s potential on the gridiron, the proper time would’ve been throughout a four-win season when gamers didn’t lose a 12 months of eligibility, but he by no means noticed the sector in 2020.
4-star recruit Behren Morton and former Frenship Excessive College standout Donovan Smith appeared to be the highest two canines within the combat earlier than the pickup of Shough. Since each classify as freshmen, mixed with the actual fact some have Shough as a high decide within the 2022 NFL draft, it could be extra helpful than dangerous for the 2 rookies to remain in Lubbock and develop underneath the expertise of Shough.
Moreover, the freshmen each have ties to Lubbock that transcend themselves. Morton’s sister is at the moment a scholar at Tech and his dad, James, was an 11-year head coach at Lubbock Monterey Excessive College. Smith’s dad, DeAndre, is at the moment the working backs coach for the Pink Raiders, a place he has held since 2019.
All indicators level to Morton and Smith staying at Tech whereas a departure for Colombi or McIvor wouldn’t come as a shock or with blame. The Pink Raiders’ lengthy line of quarterback transfers doesn’t appear to be carried out simply but, so who would be the first to check new waters?