Texas Tech’s quarterback depth chart picked up a much needed insurance policy from Utah State transfer, Henry Colombi. While Alan Bowman and Maverick McIvor are arguably the no. 1/no. 2 spot going into the 2020 season, there is some debate surrounding their game readiness in the wake of previous injuries. Colombi, a David Yost/Matt Wells recruit at Utah State, puts the Red Raiders in a much more comfortable position should one (or both) of our scholarship quarterbacks get injured throughout the season. Anybody can agree with that after losing Bowman last season and being unable to play McIvor whenever Duffey lost rhythm.
The semi-substantial tagline that comes along with Colombi’s transfer is that he’s arriving in Lubbock as a regular walk-on; meaning that he would have to sit out a season to satisfy the NCAA transfer rule. Per some interviews it’s apparent that Colombi will appeal for a waiver... *stares at camera* ... so we’ll see about that, and we’ll see if we have a season, and we’ll see about whatever dramatic event piles on next to keep us from enjoying football.
As a junior Colombi has two seasons of eligibility remaining, but unless he receives that waiver then he’ll have to spend one of them riding the bench. Or, if we’re lucky, he might receive some sort of concession should the season come to an abrupt end. It is all normal and yet incredibly uncharted territory. Regardless, as a quarterback Colombi brings a lot of promising talent to Lubbock. Wells recruited Colombi back in 2017 over P5 schools like Arkansas and Iowa State to an up and coming Mountain West team.
Behind the recent first rounder Jordan Love, Colombi only managed to appear in 13 games between two seasons. He completed 53-of-69 passes for 460 yards (2 touchdowns) and rushed 27 times for 139 yards and 2 touchdowns. By his own admission Colombi is a dual threat quarterback, and hopes to utilize his skillset in a familiar offensive scheme under David Yost.