Texas Tech had its first spring scrimmage over the weekend, and it was the public’s first look at this team in the post-Mahomes era. Tech will hold three games throughout three weeks at Midland’s Grande Communications Stadium, The Star in Frisco (Cowboy’s new training facility), and Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock. They are offense vs. defense with a tweaked scoring system, where the defense receives points from three and outs and turnovers. The offense not only gets scores traditionally but picks up extra points for big plays and such. This is the fourth year that the Red Raiders have held this event in Midland, obviously to appease a lot of the team’s biggest boosters…coughOILMONEYcough. Anyways it’s a good time, there’s tailgating, and it’s the first time this team’s really played since last November. Unfortunately, the game wasn’t televised, and I couldn’t make the trip in person, but there’s a hodgepodge of play by plays, news articles, and clips available that I’m going to try to make sense of.

Holy Defense, Batman

Tech’s defense came out swinging causing the Nic Shimonek led offense to go three and out four consecutive times. The defense kept the offense out of the endzone for the entire first half. The biggest playmakers were Jah’Shawn Johnson, Douglas Coleman, and newcomer Octavius Morgan. They each registered six tackles each while D.J Polite-Bray and Brayden Stringer also had an impressive day, clock five each. The defense also mustered four sacks. From what was displayed Saturday, Gibbs’ defense looks to be coming into its own, but I’m hesitant to applaud the statistically worst FBS defense just yet.

Uh, So Should Fans be Concerned About the Offense?

Every single article that mentions Shimonek begins by mentioning, the shoes he has to fill, because they’re huge. He stumbled a little bit in his starter debut but caught his footing as the game progressed. He looked serviceable and was able to connect with Zach Austin on a 24 yard TD. Justin Stocking got the starting nod at RB but struggled to find any big yardage plays or breakaways. This was largely in part to the inexperienced offensive line, who also struggled on Saturday. This is a little worrying considering how much Kingsbury has reiterated the focus on establishing the run game this offseason.

QB Rankings

  1. Shimonek – 20/28, 196 yds, 1 TD
  2. Payne Sullins – 10/13, 115 yds, 1TD
  3. McLane Carter – 7/13, 70 yds, 1TD
  4. Xavier Martin –  4/7, 48 yds (but impressively channels his inner Cam Newton with 15 yd scramble on opening play)

 Highlights

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My name is Eduardo Cruz and I’m recent Texas Tech alum currently working on my master in Mass Communications. I’m a native Texan from the DFW and an aspiring adman. I’m obsessed with Red Raider sports, queso, and r/cfb. I’d like to think my writing style is a combination of Tom Wolfe and George Carlin.
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My name is Eduardo Cruz and I’m recent Texas Tech alum currently working on my master in Mass Communications. I’m a native Texan from the DFW and an aspiring adman. I’m obsessed with Red Raider sports, queso, and r/cfb. I’d like to think my writing style is a combination of Tom Wolfe and George Carlin.

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