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Texas Tech Football Notebook: Tyler Shough’s NFL Draft Prospects

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One of the things I’ve noticed since the offseason is really underway is how Texas Tech quarterback Tyler Shough is somewhat shooting up the NFL draft boards, maybe even to the extent that if Shough has the season we hope, that he might be a one-and-done, which I think would end up being great. The idea that Shough has a great year would hopefully mean a good year for Texas Tech.

Yahoo’s Eric Edholm writes about 12 quarterback match-ups to watch this year and the #2 match-up is Tyler Shough vs. Spencer Rattler.

Red Raiders head coach Matt Wells told Yahoo Sports he’s thrilled to have him.

“I love that dude,” Wells said. “Mature beyond his years. I mean, big arm. I am not oblivious to what some people have written about him. But I love the guy so far.”

The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Shough did enough in seven starts (64.8% completions, 9.4 yards per attempt, 16-6 TD-INT ratio; 271 rush yards, two TDs) to land in Lubbock. Paired with a strong supporting cast, Shough should be allowed to have a longer leash this season.

Wells believes Shough could have a big 2021 season — and is preparing for the idea he could declare early after it.

“He might play two years here, he might play one,” Wells said. “If he plays one, Texas Tech had a really, really good year. I am good if he plays one and he’s done.

“He’s better in the building than I thought. He came fairly highly advertised, but he’s better in the building than I realized. Comes early, stays late. Football junkie. Three months he’s been here? He’s shown tremendous leadership. The dudes love him.”

The quotes about Shough are ones I haven’t seen before, the part about Shough being a football junkie isn’t new, but the part about how Shough could be a one-and-done is new and I sort of get the feeling that Wells is salivating a bit at what Shough can do.

USA Today’s Mark Schofield scouts Shough and sort of tells the story about how Shough was replaced a bit while at Oregon by Boston College transfer Anthony Brown. The article is very good and you do get a good idea about what Shough needs to work on in Schofield’s estimation:

Now anytime you start talking about reads in the passing game you have to offer a massive caveat: We do not know exactly how he is being coached/instructed to read concepts.

There’s also an accompanying video that helped explain a ton as well. Go read the article and please watch.

The official site announced the official transfer of Kaylon Geiger last week and including quotes from Wells on Geiger, there was also this note at the end of the release as what seems like a pride-point for the program:

His signing continues the reshaping of the Tech roster under Wells, who has inked eight transfer student-athletes alone for the 2021 season, including seven from a power-five conference.

This is definitely a program that is transfer heavy, something that I think Wells had decided a couple of years ago after watching Chris Beard take on transfers with significant success.

Congrats to center Dawson Deaton for being named to the Academic All-District list voted on by the College Sports Information Directors of America!

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