Mike Leach, Texas Tech’s winning-est coach, and his prolific offense is gone.
So now what?
Tommy Tuberville is now the Red Raiders new football coach, and with him comes some impressive records (110-60 all time) including 6 bowl wins and an undefeated season at Auburn in the toughest league in the nation, the SEC.
Can Tuberville lead Texas Tech to a 10+ win season? It won’t be the easiest task, but it’s not the hardest either. The Red Raiders were a combined 20-6 the last two years so expectations are very high in Lubbock.
For the most part, Texas Tech doesn’t lose a whole lot on both sides of the ball, but they are losing a few key players. These players are Edward Brittion (WR), Brandon Carter (OG), Brandon Sharpe (DE), and Jamar Wall (CB). The Red Raiders are returning 8 starters on offense and 7 starters on defense.
The biggest play makers to look out for in the 2010 season on offense are Taylor Potts (QB), Steven Sheffield (QB), Baron Batch (RB), Alex Torres (WR) and Detron Lewis (WR). Some other offensive players to look out for are Eric Stephens (RB), Harrison Jeffers (RB), Austin Zouzalik (WR) and Tramain Swindall (WR).
On defense, the biggest play makers should be Colby Whitlock (NT), Bront Bird (SLB), Brian Duncan (MLB) and a dark horse is D.J. Johnson (CB)
The offense shouldn’t take a huge hit, as Neil Brown was hired as Tech’s offensive coordinator. He lead the Troy Trojans to a Sun Belt championship and a 9-3 record losing to powerhouse Florida and Arkansas. Brown runs a similar spread offense and has the weapons to lead the Big 12 on offense.
The biggest question is the defense. James Willis from Alabama was hired as the defensive coordinator and Tommy Tuberville is known for a stout defense. Texas Tech will be changing from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defense. I expect improvements with an emphasis on linebackers and going for big plays instead of giving up big plays and playing soft defense. The biggest problem is that Tuberville might not have the right type of athletes for this scheme, but we will see in September.