Texas Tech football: The best seasons by a receiver in Red Raider history

LUBBOCK, TX - SEPTEMBER 30: Keke Coutee /
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No. 3: Keke Coutee 2017

Texas Tech has produced some fantastic slot receivers over the course of the “Air Raid” era.  But none had a better season than Keke Coutee in 2017.

His 1,429 yards are the second-most in a single-season in Red Raider history.  What’s more, he caught 93 passes, 6th-most in Tech history.

That year, Coutee had five games over 100 yards.  In fact, all five were over 160 yards.  He also had five more games of at least 70 yards.

That year, he ranked fourth nationally in receiving yards, fifth in receiving yards per game, eighth in receptions per game and, 16th in receiving touchdowns, and 18th in all-purpose yards per game (135.3) as he was also a kickoff returner.

That was good enough to garner second-team All-Big 12 honors and consideration as Biletnikoff Award semifinalist.  Somehow, both seem to be a bit of a slight given his numbers and it’s hard to fathom a player from Texas or Alabama with the same numbers not earning All-American honors with similar stats.

Like Wesley, Coutee also skipped his senior year for the NFL.  But fortunately, he was drafted by the Houston Texans in the fourth round.

Since then, he’s caught 50 passes for 541 yards and a TD as injuries have taken their toll.  Hopefully, one day he will be able to put together a season in the NFL similar to the one he had for the Red Raiders in 2017.