The Texas Tech Red Raiders have released their official two-deep depth chart for this weekend’s game against the Ole Miss. The depth chart is shown below and now I will share my thoughts on the chart.
No Quarterback Yet
The main question lingering over the Red Raiders is the quarterback battle, and there’s four days until the first game and we still don’t have a solid answer. The order of the Quarterbacks on the chart are what I believe to be the current standing right now as most signs point to junior McLane Carter starting with Jett Duffey being the backup. Alan Bowman will most likely use his redshirt this year as with the new redshirt rule, he can appear in four games without having to forfeit his redshirt and I think Coach Kingsbury wants to get Bowman more acclimated to the offense so that he can take the reins next year or in 2020. This will also fit more into the gameplan as both Duffey and Carter are mobile quarterbacks who can make a contribution in the running game compared to Bowman who is definitely a pocket passer.
Running Back Separation
Another big speculation from this off-season was how the carries at running back would be split up. From the chart it appears as though Da’Leon Ward has taken the position and will get the majority of the carries. The backup role will be split between seniors Tre King and Demarcus Felton. All three of these guys should see pretty significant playing time as King is still a great threat out of the backfield and Felton will probably be used as a third down scat back for the Red Raiders, helping with pass blocking and catching passes out of the backfield.
Inexperience at Receiver
Looking at the wide receiver group, the group seems like a ton of guys who have little to no experience. The only exception to this rule of course is TJ Vasher. With seniors Zach Austin and Jadeon High, both of which have never had a huge role in the offense starting at the inside position, one wonders how short of a leash Coach Kingsbury will have these guys on going into Saturday’s game. Their backups, freshman KeSean Carter and junior transfer Seth Collins are both athletic guys looking to make an immediate impact as well. A guy not on this two deep depth chart that needs to be looked at as well is true freshman Erik Ezukanma, who will be playing the outside receiver position. If any of the four outside guys on the depth chart go down with an injury or don’t perform up to expectation, look for Ezukamna to take their place.
Defense Looks Familiar
Looking at the defensive side of the depth chart, most of the guys look the same with the exception of nosetackle and new backups at the cornerback spot. This defense looks deeper than it has been in a very long time, something that Red Raiders should be excited for. Look for new transfer John Bonney to make an impact backing up someone at the safety and cornerback spot.
That’s all I have for you guys today. If I missed any position groups you wanted heard broken down a little bit more let us know in the comment section below!