BCS or Bust!
For a lot of NCAA Division – 1A soccer applications, attending to a bowl and having a successful season is a profitable season. Whereas that is the case for lower-tier and inconsistent BCS convention groups and high mid-major convention groups, others want to boost their targets. Texas Tech is an ideal instance of this, as Crimson Raider soccer has had twelve consecutive successful seasons and even higher has received 5 of its final six video games wherein it has appeared.
It is time to elevate the expectation of what these Crimson Raiders can do. This is an early outlook for subsequent season.
With 10 returning on the offensive aspect of the ball, together with Graham Harrell (the nation’s main passer) and redshirt freshman phenom Michael Crabtree (the nation’s main receiver and Bietnokiff Award winner), this group ought to focus primarily by not making psychological errors. Previous to the Gator Bowl, Graham Harrell has proven his weak spot in opposition to ranked opponents by throwing 16 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in a dismal 1-6 report over the previous two seasons. Subsequent season he’ll should be extra affected person and error-free when throwing the soccer in most of these video games. Texas Tech’s large receivers had loads of drops within the 2008 Gator Bowl, however what was most vital is that Harrell did not make too many errors along with his throws, apart from one go which may have been picked off within the second half. All the offensive line returns subsequent season, however Left Sort out Rylan Reed might want to make a full restoration from his latest damaged ankle within the Gator Bowl.
DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS
Defensively, 8 starters return and lots of others like linebacker Brian Duncan might want to step up and fill the gaps. An important facet of a profitable season subsequent yr would be the potential to cease, or no less than comprise, the run as a result of not many different Huge 12 groups will be capable of go as a technical offense. Texas Tech might want to discover a substitute for senior Alex Trlica, who went his whole profession with out lacking an additional level. That can seemingly be present in small ahead Cory Fowler.
As any Texas Tech fan will let you know, it isn’t very simple to recruit good soccer gamers to come back to Lubbock once they can go all the way down to School Station or Austin. Nonetheless, the nation’s No. 2 recruit, large receiver Julio Jones (1,181 yards and 16 TDs as a senior), continues to be contemplating Tech, as are different high receivers. Total, up to now Texas Tech has 11 gamers dedicated from the category of 2008, together with 7 defensive linemen – 3 of that are junior faculty transfers making a right away impression on the defensive aspect of the ball. Harrison Jeffers, an Oklahoma working again ranked eleventh nationally, additionally figures to have an opportunity to make a reputation for himself within the coming years as a Crimson Raider.
2008 is certainly the yr that Texas Tech soccer must make a press release within the Huge 12 convention, or else it is likely to be time for a change. It is going to be an extended offseason for the Crimson Raiders, however this fall it is BCS or bust!