I’ll admit, I’ve gone back and forth with this whole Jett Duffey guy but right now I’m convinced that he might be the guy to lead this program going forward. Who knows, I might be crazy, but you all probably know that if you’ve read my other stuff.
Saturday’s game did a ton for my confidence in the junior from Mansfield. His abilities fit really well in this offense where Alan Bowman’s just don’t. Is Bowman the better pure quarterback? Yes. But Duffey’s ability not just to run the ball but use the threat of his legs to run more zone reads, more play-action, and more run-pass options.
For the first time all season long, we saw the playbook get used to its full capacity. I saw plays that we hadn’t seen all season long and they were working pretty well. We saw shots down the field that should have been converted and will be in the future. Kingsbury limited his playbook for Duffey while Coach Yost so far has seemed to expand the playbook for Duffey with more read options and more of rolling Duffey out of the pocket to make throws.
Let’s jump from Duffey’s great performance this weekend to down the road. What happens when Alan Bowman comes back from injury? Popular opinion says to play Bowman, but I don’t know if that’s the right answer at the moment.
Look, I’m not saying to bench Alan Bowman, but maybe shut him down for the rest of the season. He can comeback next season a red-shirt sophomore and we’ll see what happens. Bowman wasn’t up to what we saw last season in the three games we did see him play. Yes, I understand that he had some really good numbers against an FCS team and right on the brink of being an FCS team UTEP but those were against really bad opponents.
He missed some throws that just really confused me because as much as I expect Jett Duffey to miss a couple of throws here and there, I didn’t expect that from Bowman. Maybe he hadn’t been healthy from the get-go. Maybe his grasp of the offense isn’t what it needs to be because he ran pretty much the same offense from his freshman year in high school on into college and then all of the sudden, it was different.
Playing with a Tight End, running the ball the majority of the time, it was a bunch of new things for Bowman to pick up on so quickly and that was part of the reason I think the playbook looked hampered and why the offense looked stale in the three games he played.
Mansfield Lake Ridge connected with Keller Timber Creek.— Joseph Hoyt (@JoeJHoyt) October 5, 2019
I mean, Jett Duffey found Erik Ezukanma for the TD in Texas Tech’s win today. pic.twitter.com/KudePypKSv
Simply opening up the running game with the option play has really opened up this offense overall. Giving the defense one more thing to worry about with the running ability of Jett Duffey has really made the offense a bigger threat on the whole. I think it is part of the reason that the offense went vertical more this weekend.
We saw Coach Yost use the seam as a good option when Bowman was quarterback but with Duffey, there were more deep throws to the outside and Ezukanma and Vasher really capitalized on those opportunities. Could this just be a change in play-calling?
The answer is maybe. Look, I’m not sure why there weren’t as many deep shots when Bowman was still healthy. Maybe he wasn’t really healthy at all this season or maybe it was because Yost didn’t trust Bowman or maybe it was because Yost was being overly-conservative with the play-calling, using mainly screens and inside runs with Bowman.
Either way, it might be an interesting end of the season in Lubbock, especially if the program decides not to rest him the remainder of the season and give him a red-shirt. If Duffey can keep up his production and pace of play, the coaching staff might even have something to think about all off-season.
Could Duffey be headed to being the starting quarterback for the remainder of his time in Lubbock? Remember that this was still the guy that got passed by a true freshman and Jackson Tyner on the depth chart going into the season. As much as the hype is really high for Duffey at the moment, remember that this is just one game.
Duffey has had his issues in the past but I really saw some great strides in his plays this weekend. He has more control of the ball in the pocket and has been so much better making the correct throws in this offense. Maybe it’s an issue of the complexity of the Kingsbury offense or it might be how simple Yost and Wells have made this offense for Duffey.
Jett Duffey!!!!!!!! Duffey keeps it himself and takes it in for the 16 yard TD to put Texas Tech up 10-0 on Oklahoma State! pic.twitter.com/wRbugsm1H7— #BusinessAintBoomin (@ftbeard_17) October 5, 2019
No matter what way you shape it, it appears as though the quarterback position could be in for a big change in Lubbock. Bowman is still recovering from his injury and it appeared that the team was doomed going into the remainder of the year without him. Duffey really came in and sparked this team, and we as fans should not forget that. No matter what with the win this weekend, the program and team appear to be in heading in the right direction with Duffey at the helm.