Red Raiders youth will hinder in 2013

Texas TechThe Texas Tech Red Raiders are starting a new regime this season after the sudden departure of former head coach Tommy Tuberville to Cincinnati. Now enter “prodigal” son Kliff Kingsbury, whose ties run as deep in Lubbock as anyone else within the program. Kingsbury took over the Tech program at the end of last year, while Kingsbury has no previous head coaching experience, he is a former Tech quarterback and has been the offense coordinator at Houston and Texas A&M. His hire has fired up people in Lubbock for the first time since Mike Leach was pacing the sidelines. But can a rookie head coach take a very young team and turn them into a winner?

Kingsbury’s first task will be finding a quarterback to run his offense and the front runner is going to be Sophomore Michael Brewer, but going into the first year under the new head coach, there will be learning curves abound because Brewer has not started a game in college as of yet. He was the backup last year and saw a little playing time, but not enough to be ready to take the reins of what looks to be a high powered offense. If Brewer can come in and prove he is ready, then look for him and the Texas Tech offense to put up impressive numbers because Kingsbury looks to bring back an “Air Raid” type system that fans in Lubbock loved under Mike Leach. Obviously if Tech is going to throw the ball around at will, then they will need some sure handed receivers to be able to make the plays.

Two of the top three receivers return from last year Led by seniors Eric Ward and Javon Bell, look for the receivers to be able to at least match last year’s production and possible even surpass it because Kingsbury’s system will rely more on the pass than his predecessor’s did. But if the defenses are queued in on the passing game, then they will need to make sure there is a running back strong enough to pick up some slack and give them hope to move the ball. Junior Kenny Williams hopes to be able to fill that void and help the offense gain yardage in chunks. Don’t look for the running game to always be a hand off, with a good passing attack, there will be chances for the running back to make plays off of a pass play too. Even though this offense is young and only has five returning starters from last year, they will probably put up points in bunches and eat up yards like crazy because of the new scheme.

The defensive side of the ball looks to be more experienced, but not by much and Tech will need them to make big stops to be able to come close to matching last year’s win total. With eight returning starter’s returning for the defense, they will rely on their experience to help keep them in games when it is late and in a hostile environment. First team Big XII defensive end Kerry Hyder will be the leading force on the defensive line, look for him to find creative ways to get into the back field and come close to getting his hands on the quarterback. Luckily for the defense the Line backing unit will return intact this year and could be the difference makers when the d-line can’t get the push into backfield. Look for some changes though as the defensive line will now be a three man unit and the linebackers will be a four man unit.

It will be up to the defensive front to make more plays because the defensive backs are less experienced this year and could be a troublesome spot for the Red Raiders against teams with a solid passing attack. I don’t see the defense being a huge game changer for Texas Tech this year, but I think they could be the difference maker for one or two extra wins this year.

Overall Texas Tech looks to have a team who can be on the verge of matching last year’s win total, but with the inexperience in key positions, I don’t see them working out 8 wins this year. They have a favorable schedule early in the year and that is where most of the wins will come from. The final six games of the year will be a tough test for the young team and if they find a way to squeak out two wins in that stretch will be a miracle for the Red Raiders. They fall back this year, but will only look to improve under Kingsbury.

8/30- SMU – W
9/7- Stephen F. Austin – W
9/12- TCU – L
9/21- Texas St. – W
10/5- At Kansas – W
10/12- Iowa St. (HC)- W
10/19- At West Virginia -L
10/26- At Oklahoma -L
11/2- Oklahoma St –W
11/9- Kansas St. – W
11/16- Baylor -L
11/28- At Texas- L
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2013 Record: 7-5

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  1. Another good post Kody with lots of information. Enjoying you going through the teams in Big 12.

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