Symons Passes Early Tests

In just two games, Texas Tech quarterback B.J. Symons has already established himself as a worthy replacement to Kliff Kingsbury. His confidence is easy to see, both on and off the field, and the numbers from his first two starts give some good reasons for this confidence.

The first key to being successful in the spread offense is to make the right reads and throw the ball with accuracy. Symons has completed 60 of 92 (65%) of his passes in the first two games. There was a slight improvement against New Mexico, as Symons completed nearly 69% of his passes against the Lobos. These numbers are impressive, especially when the number of long pass attempts is factored in.

Symons isn't just an accurate quarterback though, this season he has demonstrated his ability to throw medium to long passes with good precision. Symons has completed 60 passes for 715 yards. In order to average nearly 12 yards per completion, Symons has had to complete a number of passes for more than 10 yards. This has forced defenses to back off, which should help the running game later in the season.

Completion percentages and yardage are great but how is Symons doing as far as point production is concerned? Symons has 8 touchdown passes in his first 2 games. He also scored the only rushing touchdown against New Mexico. Red Raider fans should be happy with a quarterback who has been involved in 9 touchdowns in just 2 games. Overall, Symons has started the season well, but there is still some room for improvement. Symons should make a lot of progress in the bye week as he prepares to face North Carolina State.

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