From Inside the Red Raiders
1. Who do you think will be the most effective QB next season? Bowman, McIver, Smith or Colombi (assuming his eligible)? Why?
Steven Chapman (DbltFarmer), Photographer: I think Bowman will be ahead of everyone else in the second year of Yost’s offense and he will excel because of it. Tech’s offense will be able to attack defenses and keep them off balance. With weapons such as Easy, Vasher, Thompson and Townsend, they could make Bowman look really good and make it harder for defenses to get to him. The biggest question is the offensive tackles.
Bradley Fernandez, Staff: I think that over the season, Bowman will be more effective due to more consistent play than McIvor. However, there will be some stretches where McIvor is the more effective QB.
Jarret Johnson (Wreckem98), Publisher: Maybe it’s just a case of liking the shiny new toy, but Colombi sure has me intrigued. He’s a legit dual threat, he has Division I experience, he knows the system and David Yost has brought him on board twice. If he gets the waiver than this will a great storyline next season.
Kenny Romero (okieredraider01), Staff: I’m going to go with Colombi, he was recruited by this staff out of high school for their system and probably has a better grasp then the others. I just don’t believe Bowman can stay healthy and Mcivor and Smith need more time in the system.
Joe Yeager, Senior Writer: If he’s eligible I think Colombi could be the guy. His experience level is similar to Bowman’s, he appears to be an accurate passer, and he’s got much better wheels than Bowman.
2. What position group has the current football coaching staff recruited the best in their short time here?
Chapman: Tough question. Tech would be in serious trouble at linebacker without the transfers since Benson is taking the year off. Plus there looks to be some up and comers in the signees and commits.
Fernandez: Between Loic Fouonji, Ja’Lynn Polk, and Jerand Bradley, WR is probably the answer. It’s also worth mentioning the work they’ve done at defensive end and tight end.
Johnson: Receiver sells itself at Texas Tech and the current staff has certainly kept that going, but I have been extremely impressed with what they have done at linebacker in a short time. This last cycle for example they landed two of their top high school targets in Derrick Lewis and LB Moore (who will probably end up playing defensive end, but is starting out at Raider), signed one of the top junior college recruits in the country in inside linebacker Krishon Merriweather and brought in a top grad transfer at outside linebacker in Brandon Randle, who now has two seasons of eligibility remaining. Jacob Morgenstern, a grad transfer from Duke, is another solid addition in terms of depth and for what he also brings on special teams.
Romero: I would say linebacker.
3. Which Red Raider hoops veteran returning to the roster for next season intrigues you the most and why?
Chapman: Shannon, it became evident during last season that he had things to work on. It will be interesting to watch and see how much he improves in a year.
Fernandez: Without a question, Terrence Shannon is the most intriguing to me. If he can at least keep defenses honest with his 3-ball and improves his off-the-dribble game, then look out. We’re talking an all-time talent and athlete in Red Raider basketball history.
Johnson: Tyreek Smith, because I believe I have a pretty good idea what the ceilings are for the rest of the fellas returning, and while they are pretty high I have no idea what to make of Reek, but I can’t wait to find out. Is he going to be a bully on the block, just another big body or something in between?
Romero: Kyler Edwards. I want to see if he can bounce back from the sophomore slump he went through last year. When he’s confident he is extremes talented and dangerous.
Yeager: I’m very pleased Clarence Nadolny has apparently made it through the roster convolutions, and am extremely curious to see how much he improves. Nadolny is my kind of player.
4. Assuming each of these sports plays a season in the next school year, which one has the best chance of winning it all? Texas Tech baseball, basketball, golf or track? Feel free to write-in another team.
Chapman: Texas Tech Baseball.
Fernandez: If Mac McClung is eligible, I’ll go with basketball. If he’s not, I’ll go with Baseball.
Johnson: Probably baseball.
Romero: Gotta go with the fighting Tim Tadlocks.
Yeager: I’m going with track based upon their…ahem…”track” record.
5. What’s your go-to restaurant in Lubbock? The crowd pleaser.
Chapman: Abuelo’s or Double Nickel
Fernandez: It used to be Spanky’s, but I’m not the biggest burger fan in the world, so I stopped going there. Now it’s Capital Pizza. Some of the best pizza I’ve ever had was from there and I’ll be glad to take anyone there.
Johnson: Teddy Jack’s has become one of my favorites in Lubbock because it’s consistently good, has a diverse menu, good atmosphere, nice drink menu. Get the triple dipper as their combo of salsa, queso and guacamole rivals any Tex-Mex place in town. The spicy Texan pizza made in their brick oven is one of my favorite pies in town as well.
Romero: We always have to hit up Spanky’s when we go, the whole family loves it.
Yeager: I’m taking a flyer on a new joint called Table 82. Went there this past Friday for the first time and it was tremendous. The flat-iron steak I had was easily the best restaurant steak I’ve had in Lubbock and the only one that was on par with what you might get at a place like Bob’s Steaks and Chops. If Table 82 can consistently crank out steaks that good, it’ll be my go-to.