This will be a somewhat short series to catch everyone up on the current state of the eligibility remaining for each position group. We'll update these tables after National Signing Day. The black box is for available years and the grey box is if a redshirt is available.
|Offensive Line Eligibility Remaining|
Reason for Hope
This should be a really terrific and veteran offensive line group and if Clark does return, which I hope he does, then this may be the most dominant group since 2008. That's saying something and it has taken a while to get back to that level, but I do feel that Texas Tech, especially with the 2015 class, that Texas Tech is really recruiting some hosses up front. The only question is who plays right tackle and I think Texas Tech will miss the solid play of Reshod Fortenberry. My guess is either Thomas or Murphy. I think Murphy will be a fantastic left tackle because his footwork is great, but I think Thomas has been backing up Clark all of this year.
Reason for Concern
Not sure that you were aware how top-heavy the offensive line was in 2015 and it makes a lot more sense as to why Texas Tech went after so many offensive linemen in the 2015 class. We won't count our chickens before they hatch, but you can see the need and you can also see how the coaches did a good job of going after Castaneda and Murphy last year to help bridge the gap. And I'm also trying to figure out who might be at center in 2016 and who will be the backup center in 2015. We tend to forget how good Kaster has been even though he's not over-powering, but he sure is consistent.
Prognosis for 2015
It's hard not to like the prospects for 2015 and as stated above, if Clark returns, I think you have your best offensive line since 2008. It's taken that long to get back on that level. With the incoming recruits for the 2015 class you can see how this group will have a really nice mixture of youth and talent in 2016 next year.