After what has felt like the longest offseason in history college football is finally on the verge of being back. Players are padding up and serenading those lucky enough to be in the practice facilities with the sweet, sweet music of football being played.
It’s year two of the Matt Wells era and it’s time to start the preseason out the right with some bold predictions. Here are five predictions for the Red Raiders this season.
Alan Bowman will lead the Big 12 in passing
This feels like a bold claim, but in the span of the 11 games Bowman has played in his career he leads the entire nation in passing yards. Injuries have robbed him of large chunks of his true freshman and sophomore seasons, meaning we never got the chance to see if he could still lead the nation in passing yards.
With a few new receiving threats this year and another offseason to get acquainted with Ned Yost’s offense Bowman will be ready to go to work on opposing defenses when football season finally gets here.
Adrian Frye will make first team All-Big 12
Last year was a challenging and disappointing season for Adrian Frye with the position change to safety. He often got beat in coverage and overall looked out of place as the deep man. His interceptions and pass break ups went down 80% from his excellent freshman season at cornerback.
Now Frye is back at his natural position and will get back to the elite level corner he showed he could be in his first year on campus. Texas Tech needs him to get back to this level if they want to have a chance at competing at the level they want in 2020.
Texas Tech will end its losing streak against Oklahoma
The Red Raiders haven’t beaten the Sooners since Tommy Tuberville coached them to a win in 2011. Oklahoma will have a new starting quarterback who, for the first time in several years, isn’t a Heisman-level transfer ready to take over.
Against an underclassman Texas Tech should have the edge at quarterback and with Kennedy Brooks opting out of the 2020 season the time is right for the Red Raiders to end Oklahoma’s streak.
The Red Raider rushing offense will improve despite losing 2 backs
Last season the Red Raider ground game started as a three-headed attack with Armand Shyne, Ta’Zhawn Henry and SaRodorick Thompson. Shyne graduated and Henry transferred, but the best back of the three stayed and is being given the keys to become the starter in 2020.
By sticking with one player, and getting back Jack Anderson healthy for a full season will help, the Texas Tech offense can establish consistency in the running game better than it did last season.
Loic Fuonji will lead Texas Tech in receiving yards
Texas Tech’s only four-star recruit in the 2020 class is poised to have a breakout freshman season. He’s got the speed (21.42 200-meter time) and size (6′4″) to physically dominate the competition from his first snap.
Erik Ezukanma led the Red Raiders with just 664 yards last season as a sophomore, and this year’s passing attack will be similarly balanced like years past. It is more than possible for Fuonji to put up at least 800 yards in his first college season.