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The Morning Stake | 2023.04.05

24/7 Sports’ Chris Hummer writes about teams that could be on a Cinderella run in 2023, which includes Texas Tech:

Things could be even better in Year 2. Texas Tech ranks just 64th nationally in returning production — the defensive loss of likely top 10 pick Tyree Wilson looms large — but there are double-digit seniors who chose to return and most the nation’s 27th scoring offense is back.

That unit should be better, too. Texas Tech had a revolving door at quarterback and o-line because of injuries. A healthy Tyler Shough and more stable line in front of him would bring some much-needed stability. It’s also likely that Zach Kittley gets a bump in his second year as OC. This offense should score in bunches.

The defense has some production to replace. But there are a projected eight senior starters on that side of the ball. That group will be also be fortified by a strong recruiting class and plug-and-play transfers like defensive end Steve Linton (Syracuse).

There’s a bit more there, so check it out.

South Oak Cliff receiver Trey Jackson (6-6/210) announced his commitment to Texas Tech, with other offers from Arkansas State, UTSA, Rice, Texas State, Illinois State, Jackson State, and Louisiana Tech. Although Jackson is listed as a receiver, my guess is he’ll play tight end at 6’6″. You can check out his profile pages at Rivals, 24/7 Sports, and On3. He’s not rated at any of the services and you can check out some highlights below.

Red Raider Sports’ Jarrett Ramirez summarizes the media scrum with running backs and special teams coach Kenny Perry:

On improving the return teams:
“That was one of my goals this spring. Last year with punt return, we should have been better. Myles (Price) was banged up, he got banged up early. So then we started going after it, tipping a bunch of balls and blocking balls and I think we were like sixth or seventh in the country in that. But that’s not what we want, we want to be able to get first downs. I think with Myles this year being healthy, I think we’re going to be able to do some things with him in the return game. Drae McCray did some at Austin Peay, he’s a fast kid. And then Jordan Brown you know, actually when we put him in there last year he ended up averaging I think 27 yards returning on kickoff. But we got to get better at punt return. That was our goal coming into the spring.”


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