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Quarterback conundrum: where Tech stands now

Quarterbacks in question after Bowman’s injury

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After five years of a less than stellar Texas Tech football team, I’ve been on the edge of my seat praying the lucky streak this season lasts. I mean, I really thought we had this game made after defeating a top-ranked Cowboy team in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Sure, Bowman wasn't as accurate as fans have seen in the previous games, but he wasn't trash. If you’ve seen this kid play, and yes he’s a kid, then you know he has the talent to be the second coming of Mahomes. But like all good things, they must come to an end, or at least a halt.

Then it happened. What Red Raiders see way too often. The big blow came. You see Bowman stay in the pocket as the West Virginia defenders came at him full speed ahead and pretty much turned him into a sack sandwich. I mean, these defenders came at him from both sides. It was a devastating injury for Bowman and the Red Raiders offense, which in turn could have lost them the game.

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Now, reports are saying that Bowman suffered from a collapsed lung after that hit in the second quarter, according to coach Kliff Kingsbury. There isn't a timetable for when the freshman will be back in the pocket, but Tech fans are hopeful we will see him returning to the field.

Not all hope is lost, however. There’s still Elite 11 backup QB Jett Duffey who showed he has some tricks up his sleeve when having the ball in his possession. Even, though he had a pass completion rate of 59% and threw two interceptions, there are some things to like about his game.

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Duffey led the Red Raiders in rushing yards with 101 yards on 15 carries. His mobility and ability to rush out of the pocket could be an asset Kingsbury and the crew could use on a 3rd and short situation. Now Duffey doesn't have Bowman’s arm. That kid just has a knack for tossing the ball. But give Duffey another shot and he should look more comfortable in the pocket.

Of course, the future isn't over for Bowman, as he should be back on the field before the season ends. (Fingers crossed)