Officially Official in Signing De’Quan Bowman and Derrick Willies. The official site has a write-up on both De’Quan Bowman and Derrick Willies and a short comment from head coach Kliff Kingsbury:
“We are excited about both De’Quan and Derrick,” Kingsbury said. “Both are outstanding players on the field, but exceptional young men off the field. We look forward to working with them this spring.”
This is a bit on Bowman:
Concluded his two-year career at Hutchinson with 84 receptions (fourth most in school history) for 1,306 yards receiving (fifth most in school history)…As a sophomore in 2015, led the Blue Dragons in receiving (50-770 yards, five TD), all-purpose yards (1,170 yards) and punt returns (17-191, 11.2 avg.)…Also finished with 17 kick returns for 387 yards (22.5 average)…Ranked No. 12 in the nation in all-purpose yardage (1,419 yards) and No. 5 in the state with 50 receptions…
And this is a bit on Willies:
Caught 49 passes for 1,115 yards and 14 touchdowns…Leads the nation in yards per reception (23.6) and ranks among national leaders in receiving yards (No. 3, 1,115), yards receiving per game (No. 4, 115.5) and touchdown catches (No. 5, 14)…Finished year with six 100-yard receiving games and four multiple touchdown games…
AP All-Big 12 Honors. Via the official site, OL Le’Raven Clark, RB DeAndre Washington and IR Jakeem Grant were all named to the Associated Press All-Big 12 first team. Grant was named as the all-purpose player. You can view the entire team at the AP’s site. OL Alfredo Morales and LB Micah Awe made second team All-Big 12. Congrats to Morales and Awe, they weren’t recognized as much as they probably should have been, but I didn’t notice Morales for pretty much the entire season, which usually means he did a great job. That left side was as tight a group as I can recall.
Charbonnet on Texas Bowl. Via Red Raider Sports, former Red Raider footballer Daniel Charbonnet pens an article about what the Texas Bowl means to him. This is a terrific read because it tells Charbonnet’s story, who has a grandfather who played for LSU in the 1950’s, Levi “Chuck” Johns, and his earliest memories of football are with LSU. I can’t recommend this enough.
Texas Tech Makes Top List for Two Louisiana Players. Both stories are via Nola.com, but last night, Tevin A. Bush (5-8/175) announced his top three, including Texas Tech, Cincinnati and Tulane. Bush is a 2017 all-purpose back from Landry-Walker in New Orleans. You can check out his 24/7 Sports and Hudl profiles. And Bush’s teammate, Michael Lee (5-11/185) announced his top three, including Texas Tech, Georgia and Texas A&M. Lee is a safety / cornerback and you can check out Lee’s 24/7 Sports and Hudl profiles.