Stepping up

Taurean Henderson was one of only two Red Raiders to gain over 100 yards of total offense per game. As a freshman, Henderson rushed for 5.2 yards a carry and caught 98 passes. These numbers place Henderson among the best all-purpose backs in the Big 12. Henderson hopes to improve on these numbers in the coming season.

Taurean Henderson knows his job will be even harder next season after his performance as a freshman. "Last year everybody wasn't expecting for me to do the things that I did, and now they'll come in and they know that I can catch the ball and run the ball as well. They're going to be looking for me to some more things", said Henderson. This increased attention will make his job harder, but he knows that he needs to improve on the previous season. "If I was to come back and play the same I would be letting myself down as well as my teammates", said Henderson.

Henderson has spent the off-season improving his rushing and receiving. He has focused mostly on "being able to read the offensive line better, and set my blocks up better, and being able to receive the ball out of the backfield", said Henderson. Opponents must be wondering how he can improve on 98 receptions. The only obvious place for improvement is in yards after the catch. If Henderson can improve this one aspect, he could be one of the most dangerous offensive players in the Big 12.

Henderson thinks that Texas Tech has a good chance of competing for the Big 12 title in the upcoming season. "We have a good team on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball, so we can compete with anybody", said Henderson.


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