Texas Tech football: Best JUCO tranfers in program history

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No. 8: WR Devin Lauderdale 2014-16

Adding to Texas Tech’s reputation for producing electrifying wide receivers was 2014 JUCO signee, Devin Lauderdale.  Rated a 4-star prospect in the class of 2013, the 5-foot-10, 175-pound speedster signed with the Red Raiders out of high school but had to go to Navarro Junior College because he did not qualify academically.

But when he made his way to Lubbock a year later, he became an instant factor starting four games and appearing in all12 contests in 2014.  He finished that year with 31 receptions for 589 yards and a career-high seven touchdowns.

The next season, he made nine starts and ranked second on the team in receptions with 43 and yards with 639 while finding the end zone four times.  That would prove to be his most productive season with the Red Raiders.

As a senior, he appeared in only seven games while making four starts.  He put up 307 yards and two touchdowns on 31 receptions as his yards per reception fell from almost 15 the previous season to just 9.9.

In all, he amassed 105 career receptions for 1,535 yards and 13 touchdowns.  Living up to his reputation as a big-play threat, he averaged 14.6 yards per reception and had a career-long 82-yard touchdown catch against Iowa State in 2014.

Playing with Pat Mahomes, it was a thing of beauty to watch Lauderdale hit his top-gear and run under a beautiful rainbow from the QB with the strongest arm in the game.  Though his size and the fact that he had to spend a year in the JUCO ranks prevented him from being an all-time great Red Raider receiver, he provided Tech fans more than a few exciting moments.