One thing to be sure of any release of a depth chart, Week 1, is that it is going to change. Especially in the case of Texas Tech whose 2-deep in previous years has meant little to tell general fans who would be the next man at any given position. So while we all view the 2-deep with a grain of salt, let’s take a look at some of the surprising inclusions and omissions from Week 1’s depth chart.
Justus Parker - DB (SO-RS)
Parker sat out last season due to transferring from Texas Lutheran. Not much is known about his skill set as he widely went unnoticed compared to some of the more publicized transfers. Listed as 2nd Nickel Corner behind Douglas Coleman, it’s interesting that he made the 2-deep over those aforementioned defensive backs, such as, Thomas Leggett, Willie Sykes, Abraham Wallace and the plethora of true freshman that was heralded by Gibbs’ last recruiting effort.
JoJo Robinson - WR (JR-Tr)
A late transfer from Arkansas with a one year stop at Independence Community College, Robinson is a big surprise to be listed behind Cam Batson at the “H” position. According to his main bio, his playing time was limited at Arkansas and apparently didn’t see any action last year at his JUCO stop.
Jajuan Dulaney - LG (SR-Tr) & Dwayne Johnson Jr - RG (SR-Tr)
Both Dulaney and Johnson make sense here providing backup behind Jack Anderson and Jacob Hines (another transfer). Both have excellent size and bring much needed experience to a very youthful group up front for Texas Tech. Both are 6’4 305 and 310 respectively and would allow Kingsbury to redshirt his highly touted newcomers, Will Farrar and Dawson Deaton.
Houston Miller - DL
Someone who we have all been excited about the last couple of years is Houston Miller. Miller has done an incredible job both before and during his redshirt year to get bigger and stronger to play defensive line at the college level. Originally a defensive end, Kingsbury announced the plan was to move him inside, he’s probably been battling with Quentin Yontz, a transfer from Fullerton, for playing time. I can’t see that there is much daylight between the two, other than maybe learning the nuances of playing tackle rather than end. I expect to see Miller play quite a bit especially in passing situations as the year goes on.
De’Quan Bowman - WR
Bowman arrived nearly the same time as Derrick Willies, and while Willies played immediately, Bowman was redshirted last year. Bowman may be one of the more explosive players we’ve seen and has put up impressive numbers at his previous JUCO stops. Compares a lot to Cameron Batson, both as a receiver and kick/punt returner. Had 1,170 all-purpose yards in 2015 at Hutchinson Community College. Surprised JoJo beat him out for a spot on the 2-deep here in Week 1.
Joe Wallace - DL
Wallace is going to be a big deal this year on the defensive line. Don’t let his omission from the 2-deep, or any of these omissions really, worry you too much. Most likely listed 3rd, behind Mychealon Thomas and Nick McCann, he’ll be rotated in a lot and provide great depth this year.
Once again, it’s always interesting to see who is on and who is off, but in the middle of a game and rotations are going on almost every stoppage, like in the Big 12, I expect to see almost everyone who Kingsbury isn’t planning on redshirting. This is team is much deeper than most realize or can see on a 2-deep depth chart. With only 3 more days to go, we won’t have to wait much longer to find out.