Following his performance last week, Erik Ezukanma balled out again and was the sole receiving option this week as Texas Tech barely escaped against Stephen F. Austin. This marks the second week in a row to start the season that he is the offensive player of the week!
He opened up the scoring with an amazing display of speed as he took a slant route to the house in the first quarter. He finished off the night with 143 yards on 6 receptions including the 75 yard touchdown.
The more performances that he puts up like this, the more national attention he’ll receive. While it’s awesome to see him put up these numbers that we know he is capable of, hopefully in the weeks to come the targets through the air will be a lot more spread out.
According to PFF, EZ finished with a solid 70.2 offensive grade to go along with a 73.2 receiving grade. The reason these numbers aren’t a lot higher would be because of his 2 drops that he had this game. When you’re getting the ball as often as he is, it’s understandable that he won’t be able to haul in every single on of them.
Without his touchdown to open up the scoring, who knows what would’ve happened in this game. Week after week he has proven to be the key guy that we need to target in order for us to be in games like we are. Once we see the ball being spread to our other playmakers, this offense could take that next step that is going to be needed if we want to finish above .500 in conference play which should be easily attainable.
Both Tahj Brooks and Xavier White had solid games as well, and both were considered for this award. If they continue to carry the load while SaRodorick Thompson is out, I am more than confident that we can survive with the both of them carrying this running game.