Texas Tech football: Forgotten players that could be factors in 2020

HOUSTON,TX - DECEMBER 28: Texas Tech Red Raiders take the field against the Minnesota Golden Gophers during the Meineke Car Care of Texas Bowl at Reliant Stadium on December 28, 2012 in Houston, Texas. Texas Tech defeated Minnesota 34-31. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON,TX - DECEMBER 28: Texas Tech Red Raiders take the field against the Minnesota Golden Gophers during the Meineke Car Care of Texas Bowl at Reliant Stadium on December 28, 2012 in Houston, Texas. Texas Tech defeated Minnesota 34-31. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /
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Seth Collins #22 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders  (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)
Seth Collins #22 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders  (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images) /

WR Seth Collins

Despite missing all of 2019 with a shattered collar bone, senior receiver Seth Collins remains one of the most productive offensive weapons on the roster.  The problem is that almost all of his production came at Oregon State, where he played for three years before transferring to Tech prior to the 2018 season.

For his career, he’s caught 80 balls for 865 yards and 4 TDs.  However, all but 32 of those catches, 317 of those yards, and two of those TDs were in a Red Raider uniform.

Still, he could provide some much-needed age and experience to the Red Raider receiving corps in 2020.  We can likely assume that Collins won’t be competing for a starting spot this year with T.J. Vasher and Erik Ezukanma as the starters on the outside.

But Texas Tech football fans know there is always a need for quality depth at WR, especially if offensive coordinator David Yost runs the 2020 offense at the intense tempo that he prefers.  Thus, Collins could have an important role to play.

Outside of the presumed starters, Tech has no proven answers at outside receiver (which is what we assume Collins will play as he did at Oregon State rather than at inside receiver where he played for Tech in 2018).

It is thought that the two 2020 signees, Loic Fouonji and Ja’Lynn Polk will be in the mix to play immediately but counting on true freshmen receivers is never reassuring.  That’s the position where it seems like it is the toughest for a first-year player to make an impact so being able to turn to Collins as a top backup is a great luxury to have.

The 6-foot-3, 195-pounder has the size to be more useful outside the numbers and that’s where Tech needs some depth to form behind the starters.  After a year away from the field, many fans may have forgotten about Steh Collins but he could be a player that steps forward in 2020 being as he is one of the few seniors that this offense will be able to turn to.