Coach Matt Wells has been on a tear recently, but there was one piece that got swept under the rug from the commits from this weekend. Former Rice quarterback Jackson Tyner announced via his Twitter page that he would be attending Texas Tech this fall and would be coming to the football team and a quarterback group that needs some experience to back up the young talent in front of him.
At 6’5” and 250 pounds, Tyner is a big quarterback that will sit in the pocket and make some accurate throws. He has thrown for over 1,000 yards in three seasons at Rice University and has thrown for 4 touchdowns.
Let’s be honest. Is Tyner going to play this season? No, unless a couple of guys in front of him get injured. I see him fitting in as the third stringer behind Jett Duffey and starter Alan Bowman. What he can do is provide a senior mentor to all of these guys as someone who has played football at the Division 1 level for a few seasons now.
He’s had playing time in the last three seasons for Rice where he’s not been great but has been good in spots. He has a decent arm and will provide great depth for the Red Raiders. He comes from a system similar to the one that Matt Wells is looking to implement here to there won’t be such a learning curve for Tyner.
Like I said before, Tyner will most likely not see any valuable time this season for the Red Raiders. What he does do is provide some crucial depth for a quarterback group that has seen a ton of injuries over the Kliff Kingsbury era. We hope we won’t see him unless we’re up by 50 or so.
Welcome to Lubbock, Jackson!