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Roster countdown #10: Tre King

Can King be one of the top running backs again this year?

NCAA Football: Kansas State at Texas Tech Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Position: Running Back

Class: Senior

Jersey Number: 24

Height: 5’11”

Weight: 190

Hometown: Wichita, Kansas

Tre King’s story is one of the most inspiring. He didn’t have any D-1 offers prior to transferring to Texas Tech, but worked his way to Lubbock, Texas after playing a couple of seasons at Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, Kansas.

King was the starting running back for HCC his sophomore year, racking up 352 yards on 90 carries and scoring five touchdowns. An injury hindered him from getting any more playing time for the rest of the season, but that was not before he caught the attention of one Mr. Kliff Kingsbury.

King took a 22 hour bus ride straight to Lubbock right before preseason began in 2017. He made a statement and worked immensely to become one of the team’s leading backs. King played in all 13 games of the 2017 season, averaging 4.76 yards per carry. In 131 carries, he had 623 rushing yards and scored five touchdowns.

Not only did he run the ball, but King was also used as a receiver. He totaled 104 yards on 17 catches and put together 727 all-purpose yards for the Red Raiders. He was just behind Justin Stockton in total carries by one. In the Big 12, he ranked ninth in rush yards per carry, 11th in total rushing yards, 12th in rushing yards per game and 13th for rushing touchdowns.

NCAA Football: Texas Tech at Baylor Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Now that Stockton is in the NFL, King is looking to become the starting back. I think he has what it takes to become Texas Tech’s top running back, and will propel the Texas Tech offense to the top of the Big 12.