Texas Tech Red Raiders Football Season Previews
2011 Texas Tech Red Raiders Preview:
It’s year two of the Tommy Tuberville experience in Lubbock, and the sky is looking as high as the balls the teams’ string of successive powerful quarterbacks can throw it. After a winning season that saw them take the first TicketCity Bowl trophy, the Red Raiders are setting their sights on the Big 12 Title.
First issue Tuberville has to address is the quarterback one—TicketCity Biowl MVP Taylor Potts is gone, and the players next in line don’t have much experience. It looks like junior Seth Doege has the line to line up behind center, but will have sophomore Jacob Karam to challenge him. Luckily for the team, their best offensive player will have plenty of experience -- feature back junior Eric Stephens. Stephens finished last year 16th in the nation with 150 all-purpose yards per game, meaning he’ll be a good outlet for whoever is quarterback.
Defensively, the Red Raiders are looking to bolster their front line by inserting sophomore Kerry Hyder and senior Donald Langley—both who played end last season—into tackles spots. Taking their places out at end will be sophomore Aundrey Barr and senior Sam Fehoko. The push up front will give the secondary a lot of work, including strong safety sophomore Terrance Bullitt, who had 23 tackles in 12 games in 2010.
2010 Texas Tech Football Preview:
Texas Tech lost iconic coach Mike Leach after he was fired at the end of last season and, thanks to loyal Leech fans, replacement coach Tommy Tuberville has a lot to prove in his first season in Lubbock.
The Red Raiders have been famous over recent years for their pass-happy offense - ranking first in the conference in both passing yards and total offense in 2009, and this season should be no different. Seniors Steven Sheffield and Taylor Potts are competing for the starting job, with early indications pointing toward Sheffield. The top-five receivers from a year ago are all returning, so another year full of gaudy offensive numbers is likely.
The defensive line was the strength of a solid Texas Tech team last year but, unfortunately for Tuberville, the top six linemen from that squad are gone. The success of the defense will rest in how nosetackle Colby Whitlock and linebacker Bront Bird can clog the middle.
Playing in the Big 12 South is always difficult. With perennial powerhouses like Oklahoma and Texas leading the way, coupled with an upstart Texas A&M team, it is unlikely that Texas Tech will be able to eclipse its 9-4 record from 2009.
2009 Texas Tech Football Preview:
Head Coach: Mike Leach
The 2009 Texas Tech Red Raiders are entering the season trying to replace the talents of Graham Harrell and Michael Crabtree. For the last couple of seasons Harrell and Crabtree have been the top pass-catch combo in college football. So what does Texas Tech do after losing these studs? When pirate loving Mike Leach is your Head Coach, you just baton down the hatches and plug in two new studs on offense. That is because Leach has become the architect of the most successful offense in college football today, so to him it doesn't matter if it's Harrell or new QB Taylor Potts. The offense remains unchanged, which means you can expect the Red Raiders to be a contender in 2009.
2008 Texas Tech Football Preview:
Head Coach: Mike Leach
The Texas Tech Red Raider football team has one of the most explosive and exciting offenses to watch in all of college football. Competing in the ultra-competitive Big 12 Conference, the Red Raiders have proven to be a tough competitor over the years. Under the leadership of head coach Mike Leach, Texas Tech will look to win its first Big 12 title and compete for a BCS Bowl bid. Historic Jones Stadium will be teeming with fans this season as Texas Tech puts up incredible scores and offensive numbers on their way to a conference title.
In the 2008 preseason, the Texas Tech Red Raiders are already racking up strong reviews. As of July 2008, the team is ranking as low as #12 and as high as #8 in the nation, according to several preseason polls. This means that if the Raiders keep a strong defense - and learn to run the ball better than they did in 2007 - they could be prime contenders against Texas and Oklahoma for all the marbles in the Big 12 south. Quarterback Graham Harrell is a key mover for the team, and should have no trouble keeping their passing game alive. Also, the entire offensive line is returning in 2008, making the Red Raider offense a force to deal with.
Head Coach Mike Leach is looking for another bowl game berth this season, after winning in last year's Gator Bowl. This year is either going to be a huge season for the Raiders, or a huge disappointment. As long as Texas Tech's defense keeps up with their heralded offense, the Red Raiders are going to make the plays they need to dominate the Big 12. Make sure to come watch this dynamic team make moves at Jones AT&T Stadium in 2008!