Big 12 Wire: Texas Tech trying to be more than just offense

By Amon Kehr

Sports Blogger



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Texas Tech had one of the most prolific and exciting offenses last season but it struggled to turn that into a winning record. The Red Raiders finished sixth in the Big 12 last season with a 5-7 record. They had wins against conference opponents Kansas, Baylor and TCU but failed to really compete in the conference. Texas Tech’s defense finished last in total defense. However, the Red Raiders had the one the best passing offenses in the country, averaging 388.2 passing yards per game. Tech also averaged 45.1 points per game. The Raiders will have to replace last year’s conductor of the offense in Patrick Mahomes, who was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs. The expected replacement for Mahomes at quarterback is Nic Shimonek, a 2014 transfer from Iowa. Shimonek has played in five games for the Red Raiders and attempted 60 passes, but he seems set to take his place at the helm of the offense this season. Tech will also have to deal with the loss of its leading receiver Jonathan Giles, who transferred to LSU. Tech will start its season against Eastern Washington on Sept. 2 in Lubbock. Games against Arizona State and Houston will round out the rest of its non-conference schedule. The Red Raiders begin conference play in Lubbock against Oklahoma State on Sept. 30.


Sept. 2:          Eastern Washington

Sept. 16:        Arizona State

Sept. 23:        at Houston

Sept. 30:        Oklahoma State

Oct. 7:            at Kansas

Oct. 14:          at West Virginia

Oct. 21:          Iowa State

Oct. 28:          at Oklahoma

Nov. 4:           Kansas State

Nov. 11:         at Baylor

Nov. 18:         TCU

Nov. 25:         at Texas

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