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Texas Tech Football Notebook: Transfer Ratings

There’s things to be ranked.

I’ve mentioned this last week and I’ll mention this again, but I’m in the last week of me closing down my law practice (17 years worth) and I’m pretty well exhausted, but we’re soldiering on because that’s what I do. The content will probably be a bit lighter for the next week and a half and things should clear up quite a bit.

Athlon Sports’ Steven Lassan ranks the top 50 impact transfer quarterbacks. The mere fact that there are 50 quarterbacks to rank is amazing. When going through the list, the question for me was whether or not I’d want Texas Tech quarterback Tyler Shough or the player on the list and at the top of the list is Florida State’s McKenzie Milton, then Utah’s Charlie Brewer, and then WKU’s Bailey Zappe before you get to Shough.

Texas Tech coach Matt Wells hasn’t been shy about dipping into the transfer portal for help, and Shough’s performance is crucial to Texas Tech’s hopes of making a bowl in 2021. The Arizona native played in eight games for Oregon as a reserve from 2018-19 and won the job to replace Justin Herbert last year. Shough started on a high note with eight touchdown passes and two 300-yard games over the Ducks’ first three contests. However, his production and accuracy dipped over the final two games and backup Anthony Brown cut into Shough’s playing time. The talent is there for Shough to make a big impact this fall. Can he shake off the uneven ending at Oregon and rebound with a different supporting cast and play-caller in ’21?

I’m sure I’d take Milton, but I think Brewer is damaged goods (unfortunately), and we all know how Zappe played against Texas Tech while he was at Houston Baptist. I think I’d take him, but that’s tough for me. As an aside, I think this description of Shough’s time at Oregon is more accurate than the description below.

College Football News’ Pete Fiutak ranks the key impact transfers and of all things ranks Shough as the top impact transfer. I think there are probably better players, but I hope I’m wrong:

There’s still work to be done – the game needs to slow down a bit – and he’ll have to prove he can quickly read his progressions better than he did at Oregon, but it’s not crazy to think that he’s one mammoth statistical season away from being the No. 1 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.

He was supposed to push for the starting job with the Ducks as a freshman, but that Justin Herbert guy was too good and kept the gig. Shough split time as a sophomore, but he hit 64% of his passes for close to 1,600 yards with 13 touchdowns and six picks – and ran for 271 yards and two scores – on the way to a Pac-12 title.

Via the official site, we find out that linebacker Colin Schooler was named on the Bednarik Award watch list and Erik Ezukanma is on the Maxwell Award, which is the best player.

Let’s do some tweets.

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