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Nate Night Thoughts: It’s the most wonderful time of the year

Football season is the best time of year and it’s back

Iowa State v Texas Tech Photo by John Weast/Getty Images

As Labor Day weekend looms, I can only think about one thing: college football. College football is back and the Red Raiders start their season this Saturday against the Ole Miss Rebels. To celebrate this magnificent time of year let’s take a look at some of my favorite Red Raiders over the past few seasons.

Jakeem Grant

Starting off with Texas Tech’s all-time leader in career-receiving yards with 3,164, Jakeem brought an excitement to the Red Raiders that many players could not. Every time Jakeem touched the ball, he had the potential to take it to the endzone. From kick returns, screens, jet sweeps, regular routes and even passing, Jakeem was a Texas Tech fan favorite throughout his time in Lubbock.

Patrick Mahomes

Possibly one of the best quarterbacks to play in Texas Tech’s famous Air Raid is Pat Mahomes. Mahomes could throw the ball from unorthodox angles while delivering accurate passes downfield. He was a bright spot during a rough stretch of Red Raider football and I’m excited to see him start with the Kansas City Chiefs. It’s unfortunate that he never had a chance to display his talents on a team with title aspirations as Mahomes easily wins the Heisman on a team that wins 9 or more games during his career.

Keke Coutee

Coutee brought a similar style of play to Jakeem Grant during his tenure as a Red Raider. While not quite as shifty as Jakeem, out of the slot Keke was deadly. He caught nearly everything that came his way and had lethal speed. Coutee was undoubtedly the star of last year’s receivers and had 1,429 yards last season.

DeAndre Washington

Washington was the best running back the Red Raiders have seen since Baron Batch. DeAndre was an absolute workhorse during his collegiate days. He made fantastic cuts and was not an easy man to tackle. Washington went on to be the Red Raider’s first back-to-back 1,000-yard rusher since 1995-1996 when Byron Hanspard accomplished that feat.