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Texas Tech Running Backs Preview

Conner continues his 2015 Red Raider position previews. On the docket this week is the running back squadron.

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1998. Bill Clinton addressed the nation claiming to have not had an extramarital affair with Monica Lewinsky. Tom Hanks and Stephen Spielberg continued to rule Hollywood with the highest grossing film that year, Saving Private Ryan. John Elway and the Denver Broncos finally broke through and won the Super Bowl. Prior to last year, 1998 was also the last year that the Red Raiders had a rusher rack up over 1000 yards in a season with Ricky Williams.

Key Thought:

This is the easiest key thought I will have in these position preview. Will DeAndre Washington go for over 1000 yards for the second consecutive season? In last week’s offensive line preview, you saw that Tech is has four returning starters up front. Couple that with the fact that DeAndre Washington is an experienced runner, I would say that there is about a 75% chance that he will repeat last year’s yards performance.

Depth Chart:

Us Tech fans are still waiting on a depth chart to be released. I do think it is pretty obvious that DeAndre Washington will be the starter in week one. Second-string is where things get interesting, but Justin Stockton should be Washington’s backup.

Notable Additions:

Tech just picked up one running back in this signing class. Corey Dauphine is 4-star from Port Arthur, TX.

Bottom Line:

Tech needs the running game to be great. Both these quarterbacks have, at times, shown flashes of brilliance. However, they have both shown the growing pains that young quarterbacks go through. If the running game can put pressure on the defense, that will help both Davis Webb or Patrick Mahomes by taking a load off the QB.

How do you think the Tech running backs will fair this year? Will the Red Raiders have another 1000 yard rusher? Either comment below or tweet me @ConnerCrisp. Thank you for reading and Guns Up!