Year One under Matt Wells offered a mixed bag full of a few encouraging wins and disappointing losses. The Red Raiders finished 4-8 and went 2-7 in Big 12 play.
Close losses and young skilled players should give Texas Tech fans legitimate hope for the future of the Wells era.
Here are five reasons Texas Tech will go bowling in the 2020season :
A full year of Matt Wells at the helm will do nothing but help the consistency heading into this recruiting class. Players next season will know exactly what to expect from their coordinators and head coach which will make life much easier for the players.
Figuring out the tendencies of a coaching staff takes time and provides one more thing for players to think about that isn’t the actual game. With a year under their belts, players will be able to better focus on the task at hand when they know what to expect from their coaches.
Adding more depth to Keith Patterson’s defense will be huge for this team next season. Wells excels at finding transfers and graduate transfers and he should be able to recruit a healthy amount of veteran players to help stabilize the defense. What sank the defense most last season was a lack of depth.
Recruiting their own players will benefit this defense to the point where their short stints of strength Tech showed this year should be more sustainable next season. Instead of getting gouged in the fourth quarter because the starters played are gassed this unit will hold up much better late in games.
Spending an entire offseason with David Yost should make either Alan Bowman or Jett Duffey more dominant in the upcoming season. Yost will be able to recruit players more suited to his specific style of offense.
Getting an offensive line more suited to a ludicrously fast pace will help the offense run more smoothly, in addition to getting more depth on the offensive line.
A return of Bowman for more than three games will improve the offensive consistency next season. Losing Bowman to another freak injury for almost the entire season shouldn’t happen again next year. Forget the injury-prone label some are unfairly casting upon him.
Bowman sustained a shoulder injury that would have kept anyone out for multiple months. A full, or even mostly a full year of Bowman will be nothing but positive for this offense.
The most impressive growth towards the end of the season came from young skill position players. SaRodorick Thompson was just a freshman and put up a dozen rushing touchdowns last season and will get even better next season.
Late in the year, KeSean Carter exploded on the scene as did Erik Ezukanma. Both are potentially deadly deep threats and building a chemistry with Duffey in addition to their deeper understanding of the offense will make them even better next season.
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