This season has been brutal from an injury standpoint at the quarterback position. True freshman Maverick McIvor broke his foot before the season even started. Alan Bowman hurt his shoulder in the third game of the season. Then Jackson Tyner... well he didn’t get hurt but it still hurt to watch. Finally it was all eyes on Duffey - which for many fans felt like the end of the season.
Delightfully Jett Duffey played way beyond our expectations and did what was needed of him throughout his last season at Texas Tech. Now the team is going into the 2020 season with two quarterbacks, both coming off major injuries, that are most likely to be the 1-2. While true freshman Donovon Smith is coming in, Texas Tech still has three total scholarship quarterbacks coming into 2020.
There are some options out there when it comes to quarterbacks. Looking to the NCAA transfer portal, there aren’t too many guys out there that can come in and immediately play. There are probably even fewer that would want to try to challenge McIvor or Bowman for the starting job. So with that, let’s look at some guys who might have interest in playing for the Red Raiders.
Mike Beaudry - Transfer from UConn
Beaudry has had an interesting timeline in college so far as he has played at both the Division 2 and Division 1 levels. I see him maybe coming in as a walk-on and could even have a role similar to Jackson Tyner (only better).
Beaudry started his college career playing for Division 2 West Florida and led them to the National Championship in the only season he started for them. He set school records for passing yards and touchdowns in a season. He defeated 5 straight ranked teams including the No. 1 team in Division 2 before losing to Texas A&M Commerce in the National Championship Game.
He transferred to UConn and only played one game in 2018 before being injured for the remainder of the season. He also saw time in 5 games this past season, throwing for one touchdown. Although he probably won’t have to play, Beaudry would be a solid depth option to use a scout team quarterback and even if he has to have some sort of playing time, he has had success winning games in the past although it may not be at the Division 1 level.
Jack Richardson - Transfer from Stanford
Richardson has been in a very successful program at Stanford for the past 4 seasons. He hasn’t been able to crack the rotation but has played in 6 games over the last 3 seasons. Although he doesn’t have any great stats of note, Richardson has been in a successful program and that is something that this coaching staff has been looking for in their transfers.
Richardson would most likely come in as a walk-on and play scout team quarterback. He has a decent arm but his running ability isn’t quite as good as Beaudry. Richardson would come in with one year of eligibility just like Beaudry would.
Either of these guys might be someone that Coach Wells and Coach Yost would want to bring in to play scout team and maybe step in and play if there is a disaster at the quarterback position just like there was this past season. Although neither one of these guys will be looked at potential starters, this team needs a solid, experienced quarterback that can help the defense get better in practice and that is what both of these guys provide.