Yesterday, the Austin American-Statesman’s Suzanne Halliburton posted an article about Texas Tech’s deadly trio of Davis Webb, Jakeem Grant and DeAndre Washington. This follows a series of articles detailing each schools most productive trio on offense.
We’ve seen some productive trios in the past, like that of Graham Harrell, Michael Crabtree and Shannon Woods in 2008 who had their regular ridiculous passing and receiving yards, but also a respectable ground game as well.
Last year, the Red Raiders really lacked a running game and it cost them in the second half of the season. Head coach Kliff Kingsbury has stated that he wants to utilize the rushing attack more this year, but does he have the horses to do this?
Quarterback Davis Webb is primed to be one of the best quarterbacks in the Big 12 this year, and has weapons in Bradley Marquez, Reginald Davis, Devin Lauderdale, Dylan Cantrell and of course, Jakeem Grant. The Webb to Grant passes this year should be an exciting sight to see, but what about the hand offs to DeAndre Washington?
In our article asking whether or not Texas Tech could have a 1,000 yard rusher this year, the majority of fans think Washington is the mostly likely back to get it done. The 5-foot-9, 190-pound speedster out of Missouri City, Texas has the agility and moves to have a breakout junior season, but whether or not he gets enough touches is probably the biggest question mark.
In two seasons playing second string running back behind Kenny Williams, Washington has rushed for 851 yards and seven touchdowns on 184 carries for an average of 4.6 yards per carry. Assuming Washington secures the starting running back role, and can keep his average but gets around 135 carries, he can break into the 620+ yards in 2014 range and really give the Red Raiders an option on the ground.
If Washington can give the Red Raiders a legitimate running game, coupled with the proven success of Webb and Grant, Texas Tech could very well have one of the best trios in the Big 12. Something the Red Raiders have lacked for a very long time is the ability to keep defenses honest with a strong running game. This year could be different with an offensive game plan that promotes the run out of the spread formation, and an experienced, quick running back in Washington. Speed will be the key for the Red Raiders and they have plenty of it. We will get to see this three headed monster in action when Tech takes on Central Arkansas at 6:00 p.m. CT at Jones AT&T Stadium.