| Further Analysis
In the six years under Leach, the Red Raider attack has
averaged 35.89 points per game. If you just took that number and
applied it to last season, the scoring offense would've finished
tenth in the nation. Now spread that out over the course of six
years with fewer than 20 points scored in just 16 of the last 76
games, and even the harshest critics have to be impressed.
Fine, so the NFL isn't littered with Red Raider offensive players
and the times the attack bogs down means a Tech loss with a 2-14
Leach when dipping under the 20 point mark, but this isn't some
gimmicky, fad of an offense; the thing really does work.
So why don't more teams use Leach's passing system? Why has the
spread offense become so fashionable and the offshoot of the run 'n'
shoot become sneered at? Maybe it's because stodgy coaches always
believe that running the ball has to be the most important aspect of
any offense. Leach has proved that you can still run effectively
with his attack while still keeping the chains moving with the short
range passing game. Maybe it's because it's not as easy to teach as
it might look. Maybe it's because when the offense doesn't rock
and roll, the critics scream and yell so everyone notices.
Head coach: Mike Leach
7th year: 48-28
Off. 20, Def. 26, ST 4
Lettermen Lost: 19
Best Tech Players
1. WR Jarrett Hicks, Sr.
2. WR Joel Filani, Sr.
3. WR Robert Johnson, Sr.
4. OG Manuel Ramirez, Sr.
5. LB Fletcher Session, Sr.
6. LB Keyunta Dawson, Sr.
7. QB Graham Harrell, Soph.
8. LB Brock Stratton, Jr.
9. NT Chris Hudler, Sr.
10. WR Danny Amendola, Jr.
at Texas A&M
at Iowa State
CFN Prediction: 9-2
2005 Record: 9-3
Preview 2005 predicted wins
at Nebraska W 34-31
at Texas L 52-17
at Oklahoma St
Alabama L 13-10
It looks like the offense is just about lining up and winging to one
of the seemingly endless array of targets, but part of the effectiveness
is being able to find those receivers in places where they can make big
plays. A quarterback can't just step in and start throwing; he needs to
know what he's doing, which is why the top passers under Leach have
mostly been veterans.
For the first time, a quarterback has to be developed to shine right
away with sophomore Graham Harrell and redshirt freshman Chris Todd
battling it out for the honor of being one of the nation's top
statistical players. Also, for the first time under Leach, he has
potential NFL talents running his system with three marvelous wide
receivers in Jarrett Hicks, Joel Filani and Robert Johnson almost
certain to combine for over 200 catches. The line will provide plenty of
help the four starters returning and the open fifth spot at left guard
to be occupied by either future NFLer Ofa Mohetau or top prospect Louis
The defense won't be up to snuff like last year when several veterans
came through with big seasons, but the linebacking corps should be solid
and there's speed to burn in the secondary. Fortunately for this D, it's
not going to have to pitch shutouts for the team to get wins.
The program turned a corner last season with nine wins and a Cotton Bowl
appearance, and with better and better recruiting classes, the momentum
doesn't appear to be slowing down. This is the team no one wants to face
because deep down, everyone knows this offense is really that good.
far better than last year's non-conference slate with two tough road
games at UTEP and TCU to go along with the opener against SMU and the
empty-the-bench tune up against SE Louisiana. The four Big 12 road games
are bears playing at Texas A&M, Colorado, Iowa State and Oklahoma, but
the Red Raiders should be good enough to get a split. Playing Missouri
and Texas at home is a major plus, and there are two almost certain home
wins late in the year against Balyor and, barring another brain cramp
like last year's 24-17 loss to Oklahoma State, against the Cowboys to
Offensive Player: Senior WR Jarrett Hicks. Likely to be the first
Red Raider receiver under Leach to make a splash in the NFL, Hicks is
6-3, 208-pounds, and fast enough to be a dangerous outside receiver. He
showed off last year that he has the hands to get the next-level scouts
even more interested.
Defensive Player: Senior LB Fletcher Session. But this could quickly
change to any of the Red Raider linebackers with Brock Stratton looking
to come back from a knee injury and Keyunta Dawson making the switch
from end. Session is a huge 232-pound weakside linebacker who should be
an intimidating force.
to a successful season: Sophomore RB Shannon Woods. The quarterback
situation will turn out to be fine, but the offense needs to replace
scoring-machine Taurean Henderson to provide a bit of a ground attack.
Woods isn't Henderson fast and he struggled through an ankle injury this
spring, but he should turn out to be fine in time.
will be a success if ... Texas Tech wins ten games. It hasn't happened yet under Leach
despite coming close last year. A win over Oklahoma and/or Texas would
do wonders and there can't be any mistakes, but this team is good enough
to simply outbomb most of the better Big 12 teams.
Oct. 28 vs. Texas. The Longhorns have hung 103 points on Texas Tech
over the last two seasons, but the Leach offense had success over the
previous two seasons. With Oklahoma still ahead, a win over the
defending national champions should put the Red Raiders in a position to
win the South.
The Last Time Texas Tech…
- First quarter scoring: Texas Tech 103 - Opponents 37
- Penalties: Texas Tech 113 for 1,001 yards - Opponents 89 for 833 yards
- Rushing touchdowns: Texas Tech 25 - Opponents 15
…played in a bowl game…2005 (Cotton Bowl vs. Alabama)
…missed a bowl game…1999
…pitched a shutout…2005 (Baylor)
…was shutout…1997 (Nebraska)
…scored 50 points…2005 (Texas A&M)
…won a conference title…1994 (share, SWC)
…had a 3,000-yard passer…2005 (Cody Hodges)
…had a 1,000-yard rusher…1998 (Ricky Williams)
…had a 1,000-yard receiver…2005 (Joel Filani)
…had a first-round draft choice…1983 (DT Gabriel Rivera)