After a week (and a couple of days) of holidays, RRR comes back to you all, and it there couldn’t be a better moment to write about these Red Raiders. This victory and its dimensions completely caught me off guard, and I really hope this won’t be an impromptu exploit.
We can name many unexpected heroes in this early ride that allowed Texas Tech to be again a ranked team. There are three running backs, freshmen Ta’Zhawn Henry and SaRodorick Thompson, and senior Demarcus Felton, who was a forgotten item and almost transferred during the offseason.
They stepped up when starters Tre King and Da’Leon Ward went down with injuries and made the running game a dangerous threat. I’m not afraid to say they won the game against the Cowboys.
There are Antoine Wesley, Ja’Deion High, Seth Collins, and Zach Austin, senior and junior receivers who had to wait years to find their space on the field and now are offering high-level performances. There’s Clayton Hatfield, who’s 32/33 in the kicking game, and there are many others.
But there’s another true freshman, who seemed to be nothing more than a third-stringer, who took his chance, in the form of an injury to McLane Carter, and now is the second quarterback in the nation in passing yards. Obviously, his name is Alan Bowman.
The numbers he put up in these four games are impressive, and the impression is the Red Raiders found a rare gem, a player who is reliable on and off the field, and seems to know in every moment what he’s doing.
In order to have another evidence of his qualities, we have to wait only four more days, when Texas Tech will face West Virginia in a ranked vs. ranked matchup that was unthinkable at the beginning of the season.
This will be a test for the entire team, as the Mountaineers were impressive in their first three games, and their leader, Will Grier, is probably the best quarterback in the Big 12. And Bowman seems to have all the weapons to dethrone him.