From Inside the Red Raiders
Who do you think will be the starting QB against West Virginia, Texas Tech’s next opponent on Oct. 24?
Steven Chapman (DbltFarmer), Photographer: Henry Colombi should be the starting QB as of today. He should get every first team rep during this bye week and next week. The problem is that Yost may be too stubborn and continue to give the reps to Bowman and we may be in the same position in two weeks.
Bradley Fernandez, Staff: It must be Colombi. He’s clearly the more effective QB, and it shows in the numbers. There’s no way that Wells can start Bowman again when his offense continues to struggle to get into a flow under him.
Jarret Johnson (Wreckem98), Publisher: If it’s not Henry Colombi I will be greatly disappointed.
Kenny Romero (okieredraider01), Staff: I believe it will be Henry Colombi. Coach Wells has always been quick to say Bowman is the clear starter but when asked after the game he said they would be reevaluating the position so I believe they will make the change.28COMMENTS
Joe Yeager, Senior Writer: Henry Colombi starts. Sanity prevails.
How would you describe the state of Texas Tech football recruiting right now?
Chapman: I dare say that Football recruiting is at the top of a mountain peak with a taller peak beside it. The only way Tech can move up toward the taller peak is to win out. Otherwise there is nowhere to go but down.
Fernandez: It has glimpses of hope. Overall, the recruiting rankings are on the same level as they have been for the last 10 or so years. But a closer examination brings hope. Being in the mix for all-American JUCO linebacker Jimmori Robinson, landing Loic Fouonji, Jerand Bradley, and Behren Morton, shows that this staff can draw attention from nationally touted recruits.
Johnson: The lack of quantity of high school recruits has been disappointing, but the quality has been very good. Several of the high school recruits signed in the 2020 class are already making a big impact such as Caleb Rogers, Philip Blidi, Ja’Lynn Polk, John Holcomb and Myles Price. I’m also a big fan of how Tech has upgraded the roster in terms of talent and experience through the transfer portal, especially since all of them will be able to play two seasons here and a handful even three season. The 2021 class is likely about to take a hit because the junior college defensive commits likely won’t end up signing. Then there are some top targets the staff is trying to reel in such as running back Cam’Ron Valdez, offensive lineman Jacoby Jackson, linebacker Nick Martin and safety Lyrik Rawls. How those recruitments shake out will likely define how we remember this recruiting cycle though landing top targets such as Behren Morton, Jerand Bradley, E’Maurion Banks, Jack Tucker, Mason Tharp, Jed Castles and Charles Esters has me hopeful.
Romero: Slow, the extended dead period has really hurt them since they cannot get guys in to see the facilities and what Lubbock has to offer. Losing is also not going to help, I think it has really hurt DB recruiting because Coach Jones has not had any opportunities to get on the road and build any relationships in Texas.
Yeager: Best case: a holding pattern while the staff evaluates and carefully selects its top priorities. Worst case: dead in the water.
Give us a reason for optimism moving forward this season.
Chapman: Two bits of optimism I can see are Colombi becomes the starter and Tech starts playing better defense in the first half. Colombi at this point is getting better results on offense and the Tech defense has done better in most of the second half of games against Iowa State and Texas.
Fernandez: Following the performance against Iowa State, it should be clear to Wells and Yost that Colombi is the starting QB. If he had played a full game against Kansas State, it’s very likely that Tech would’ve left Manhattan victorious. Hell, if he had led the offense all of Saturday’s outing, Tech could’ve kept things interesting against Iowa State. Assuming that Colombi is now the starting QB, the team should win at least three more games.
Johnson: The two main problems I foresaw heading into the season were the secondary and quarterback play. I’m not saying he’s an All-American, but I believe Colombi running the show will make this offense much more formidable and competitive while the secondary, though still ultimately a liability, has at least shown some improvement. There’s no reason why this team can’t win half its remaining games.
Romero: I believe Colombi will give the Red Raiders a much better chance to win a few games going forward and be competitive against all of the remaining teams left on the schedule. The offense just seems “right” when he is in there.
Yeager: Henry Colombi. Assume he takes over the starting QB role, I can see Tech’s offense being much more productive, which will make the team much more competitive. I could even see Tech beating somebody other than Kansas.
We’re inching closer and closer to Red Raider basketball season. If you had to choose one Tech player to buy a ticket and go watch play who would it be and why?
Chapman: That is a tough question. Terrence Shannon Jr. for his athletic ability and to see how he has improved. Nimari Burnett because of the hype that has surrounded or Joel Ntambwe just to see how good he can be.
Fernandez: If he’s deemed eligible, it’s got to be Mac McClung. He’s such an electric player with his quickness, flash, and elite athleticism at 6-foot-2. If you haven’t seen any film of him, you must watch his mixtapes and highlight videos on YouTube.
Johnson: So many choices. Shannon’s high-flying exploits, McClung’s scoring ability, dunks and flair, Santos-Silva’s technique and skill on the block, McCullar’s on the ball defense and all-around winning brand of basketball… I could go on and on, but I’m truly intrigued to see what Nimari Burnett, the first McDonald’s All-American to ever sign with Texas Tech, adds to the program. He can do it all. One night he might nail seven treys and the next night dish out a dozen assists then the next one throw down a thunderous alley oop. I hope I’m lucky to be on hand the night he does it all in one game.
Romero: Mac McClung because with his vertical leap he is a highlight waiting to happen and who doesn’t love watching somebody dunk on the opponents head.
Yeager: Assuming he gets his waiver, Mac McClung. He’s a very exciting, dynamic offensive player, and I think people will be surprised at how well he does on the defense end once Beard and Adams light a fire under him.
Tech isn’t playing this week. How do you plan on spending your Saturday?
Chapman: Gotta go back to their Permian Basin for photography for a bank. Also will go to a Kermit football game for some shots for the same project.
Fernandez: This past weekend I did a lot of walking. My brother came into town to visit and I took him to campus, the windmill museum, the Depot District, Ransom Canyon, and Palo Duro, so I’m going to relax this upcoming weekend and watch some football.
Johnson: Between now and the West Virginia game, my wife and I will celebrate our 14th anniversary and our son’s ninth birthday so I’m looking forward to a lot of quality family time during the off week.
Romero: We will probably take the oldest daughter to do a campus tour or two since they are on fall break this week.
Yeager: I’ll watch a B12 game or two, provided they don’t all get Covided. And I’ll be whomping up a batch of chicken, ham and sausage jambalaya for dinner.