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Texas Tech Football Notebook: Colombi and Fouonji Break Down 4th Quarter Play

It was a big play.

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Enjoyed Henry Colombi and Loic Fouonji break down that big 4th quarter completion. This was fun to watch and gives you some ideas as to what they are watching as plays develop and how quick it all happens.

Dallas Morning News’ Ryan Mainville has three takeaways for Texas Tech as they are set to fact TCU, here’s one item:

The Red Raiders’ run defense has shown signs of being an asset throughout this season, but they’re in for another test on Saturday. TCU running back Zach Evans leads the Big 12 in yards per carry, averaging 7.8 every time he’s handed the ball. He’s picked up 443 yards and three touchdowns in four games this season. Only accounting for Evans is a mistake Texas Tech can’t make, as quarterback Max Duggan has consistently proved himself as a runner throughout his collegiate career. Duggan shredded the Texas Tech defense last season, picking up 154 rushing yards and three touchdowns in a 34-18 Horned Frogs’ win.

“When you talk about the rushing attack, you talk about two people — No. 6 and No. 15,” Wells said on the TCU run game.

“Those two guys can flat go. They pose a real threat with our run defense.”

RedRaiderSports’ Randy Rosetta writes about Josh Burger and how his versatility has served Texas Tech well this year:

There are a couple of methods to accomplish that. One is to carve a niche as a jack-of-all-trades, which is something Texas Tech super senior Josh Burger has certainly mastered, with a memorable new chapter added last week in the Red Raiders’ gritty 23-20 victory at West Virginia.

And for a program that has to rely on any means possible to be creative with personnel compared to fellow Power-5 competitors, Burger is a perfect example of getting the absolute maximum value from one scholarship.

In the 15th start of his Red Raiders’ career, the affable Ohio native slid down two spots to the center position to fill in for injured linemate Dawson Deaton. It was Burger’s first career start in the middle of the offensive line in college and a full-on look at how versatile and valuable he is to the Texas Tech program.

Via NBC Sports, the NCAA approved a one-year waiver to allow each team to to sign 7 players over and above the 25 that is permitted to be signed in each given year:

Looking to address the growing number of transfers, the NCAA Division I Council approved a one-year waiver Tuesday that will allow college football teams to sign up to seven players to replace those that leave.

Current NCAA rules state a team can sign no more than 25 players to a scholarship in any year. That includes incoming high school prospects and college transfers. The waiver will allow teams to sign 25 players, plus as many as seven transfers – not high school players – to replace those who transfer out in the first term.

Football players still cannot transfer during the season and become eligible to compete at their new schools.

With the loosening of transfer rules leading to more players switching teams, combined with the bonus year of eligibility granted to athletes who competed during the pandemic in 2020, coaches had two main concerns:

– Not being able to replenish a roster after a potential mass exodus of transfers.

– Not being able to sign a full complement of high school prospects because an increased number of scholarships were being used on transfers.

I think that Matt Wells had projected to sign 10 or so players to their class and was going to use the other 15 spots to fish in the transfer market, but I wonder if this will change with this new rule set to take place. There’s 8 commitments now in the 2022 class and I think the the staff was going to go above their limit for certain players, but this gives Wells & Co. some more room for that transfer market. I think this is a pretty big deal for this staff who had used so many scholarships on transfers rather than high school players.

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