After its worst season since 2014, Texas Tech has a couple of points to iron out coming off a 4-Eight file.
Head coach Matt Wells got here in with excessive hopes for his first season in Lubbock, however issues went off the rails shortly when beginning quarterback Alan Bowman went out with what would change into a season-ending damage earlier than Tech even made it to Huge 12 play.
Now Wells gained’t have the identical grace he did in his debut season, and the Pink Raiders nonetheless have some points to kind out if and when the 2020 season takes place.
Right here’s a have a look at 5 points Tech should deal with heading into subsequent season.
Discovering offensive stability
Wells got here into the 2019 season speaking about how the Pink Raiders had been going to be a extra balanced crew by way of the run and cross recreation. However Tech had fewer rush makes an attempt per recreation final season (33.7) than it did in 2017 (35.3) and 2018 (36.4).
In Wells’ ultimate two seasons at Utah State, his offense had extra rush makes an attempt than cross makes an attempt. The Pink Raiders want to determine their offensive id below Wells this coming season.
Determine Adrian Frye’s greatest place
As a sophomore final 12 months, Adrian Frye’s transition to security in Keith Patterson’s protection didn’t go effectively. In 11 video games, Frye had simply two cross deflections and one interception in comparison with his 10 deflections and 5 interceptions in 9 video games as a freshman cornerback.
If this protection is to rebound subsequent season, discovering a match for Frye on protection is of utmost significance.
The Tech protection below Patterson relies on inflicting havoc and forcing turnovers. Final season, the Pink Raiders pressured a mean of 1.6 turnovers per recreation.
That quantity wants to extend if the Tech protection is to function on the ranges it must subsequent season.
Changing Jordyn Brooks
Discovering one participant to exchange Jordyn Brooks is a close to inconceivable ask. The Pink Raiders will want a number of gamers to step up in his absence, like Riko Jeffers and Xavier Benson.
Within the one recreation Brooks missed final season, towards Texas, the Pink Raiders gave up 262 speeding yards and 5 speeding touchdowns.
Single-score video games
Final season, Tech went 0-Four in video games determined by a single rating. The Pink Raiders had been outscored within the fourth quarter and extra time 109-79 by their opponents.
An enchancment in one-score video games may very well be the distinction between making a bowl recreation subsequent season and lacking a bowl for the third straight 12 months, one thing that hasn’t occurred in Lubbock because the early ’90s.
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