Coy Eakin is emerging as one of Texas Tech’s top targets
All season, this team has been waiting for an outside receiver to emerge as a consistent threat. While slot receivers such as Myles Price and Xavier White are proving to be go-to options, no one on the outside has really stepped up.
However, Stephenville, Texas native Coy Eakin is starting to stake his claim as this team’s best target on the outside. Against TCU, he had one of his best games thus far catching eight passes for 78 yards, including a 30-yarder.
"“Coy, he’s been trending in a great direction,” McGuire said. “You know, Coy never surprises me. Again, he’s one of the hardest practice guys, does a great job on the perimeter.”"
Earlier this season, Eakin, a redshirt freshman, put up 102 yards on just five catches against Kansas State. But on Thursday, he set a season-high in receptions to help Morton find his groove.
It appears that Morton and Eakin have a connection on the field. Since Morton took over as the QB in the middle of the West Virginia game, Eakin has 209 yards on 16 catches with one TD (in games that Morton started).
So far, returning starters Loci Fouonji and Jerand Bradley have not lived up to expectations after each had strong 2022 seasons. Also, former Kansas transfer Jordan Brown has not shown during the season what he did in spring football and fall camp.
That’s opened the door for Eakin to earn some snaps and as the season has progressed, he’s become the most reliable outside receiver on the roster. Now, with Morton back, Eakin will likely continue to see plenty of passes thrown his way.