From Inside the Red Raiders
Texas Tech head coach Matt Wells announced Wednesday during his press conference that the Red Raiders have made a change at quarterback. Henry Colombi is now QB1, supplanting Alan Bowman, who started the first four games of the season.
The announcement comes during a bye week in the midst of a three-game losing streak ahead of Texas Tech’s next contest against Big 12 foe West Virginia. That game is scheduled to kick off 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24 at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, TX.
“We’re going to make a change at quarterback. Henry Colombi’s going to start against West Virginia,” Wells said. “I think Henry has come in and played well. The quarter that he got this past week against Iowa State and then the three-plus quarters that he played at Kansas State I thought he was aggressive, he kind of jump started the offense.
“Like I said before, he started a little slow at Kansas State, but once he started getting through his progressions I think guys around him responded. We moved the ball better and I thought he came in (last week) the last couple series and tried to rally us back and did a nice job with the offense. He pulled the ball down and scrambled a little bit and moved it.”
Colombi, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound junior originally from Hollywood, FL, has completed 40-of-54 passes for 359 yards, three touchdowns and an interception, plus ran for another 51 yards in two relief appearances this season. He played most of Texas Tech’s 31-21 loss at Kansas State after Bowman went down with an ankle injury in the first quarter then played the final eight minutes and change of last week’s 31-16 loss at Iowa State.
“Henry’s getting the reps right now with the 1’s,” Wells said. “Alan will take the reps with the 2’s and as I have experienced personally, at the quarterback position that No. 2 quarterback has to be ready and at some point Alan Bowman will (get) another chance, I just don’t know when it is.”