Crisp play from Shough
Apparently, all offseason, Tyler Shough was this team’s best QB and from what the coaches have said, many believe that the gap between him and the others was rather noticeable. So now, it’s time for Shough to show up on Saturday and give us all a look at why he won the job.
Last year, Shough had only one game that could be considered excellent. Against lowly Florida Atlantic, he threw for 399 yards and four TDs with no picks while completing 26 of 35 passes in the Red Raider blowout.
In his other two full games though, he was merely adequate in one and downright bad in the other.
Against Houston in the opener, Shough was steady but not spectacular. Completing 17 of 24 passes for 231 yards and a TD, he didn’t make any crucial mistakes and that was the difference in the game as his counterpart, Clayton Tune, was picked off four times helping Tech secure the win.
However, a week later, Shough struggled against an FCS team, Stephen F. Austin. Completing just 12 of 22 passes, he was picked off twice and had only 174 yards through the air as Tech held on for a 28-22 win.
In that game, Shough and his receivers seemed to be out of sorts. That’s something to watch for this week because he will be throwing to a group of outside receivers that will be playing key roles for the first time in their careers. Also, he will be operating a new offensive system as he plays for his fourth different offensive coordinator in his college career.
Regardless, Shough needs to look crisp and play efficiently on Saturday. If he does, it will be a great sign that Tech is in for a huge season on that side of the ball.