Today’s edition of Red Raiders Daily features a breakout receiver, Texas Tech as a World Cup team and a schedule breakdown.
The folks over at NFL.com CFB 24/7 are identifiying breakout players in every major conference for the 2014 season and Tech’s tiny receiver is on the list for the Big 12.
9. WR Jakeem Grant, Texas Tech
Particulars: 5-6, 160, junior.
Buzz: Texas Tech’s high-flying offense produces some great receivers, and that’s one way a player who had 796 yards last season could possibly be termed a breakout star. With Jace Amaro and Eric Ward gone, Grant figures to be the top passing target in an offense perfectly suited to his size, speed and quickness. He’ll put up big numbers and has a chance to challenge Antwan Goodley and Tyler Lockett for first-team All-Big 12 in 2014.
Jake Trotter of ESPN.com is giving Big 12 football fans a rooting choice with World Cup counterparts of Big 12 teams.
Mexico: After an emotional roller-coaster ride through the qualifying stages, Mexico is feeling optimistic following a manageable World Cup draw and cleaner play of late. Texas Tech rode the roller coaster of a five-game losing streak last season, but is feeling confident these days coming off its dominating bowl performance against Arizona State.
Athlon Sports takes a comprehensive look at Texas Tech’s 2014 schedule.
October provides wins
Should Tech figure out a way to split with Oklahoma State and Kansas State on the road, things set up nicely for the Red Raiders to make a strong run in October. West Virginia and Kansas at home are must wins and should pose little threat to Texas Tech in Lubbock. The month wraps up with a road trip to TCU — another shot at a key upset — following a bye weekend. On a side note, the Xs and Os battle between Gary Patterson’s defense and Kingsbury’s offense should be must-see TV every year.
Should the Red Raiders make it to November still in Big 12 contention, the final month of the season should provide plenty of fireworks. Texas Tech will host both Texas and league favorite Oklahoma in back-to-back games with an off weekend between the two. This gives two weeks for Kingsbury to prepare for the Sooners. A long road trip to a distant Big 12 outpost (Ames) is the only comfort in the final month as a neutral site game in Arlington with Baylor looms on the final weekend.