2004 Texas Tech Football Season Preview

<b>Head Coach:</b> <A HREF=[PlayerNode:1400342]>Mike Leach</A> (31-21)<br><br><b>Last Season's Record:</b> 8-5 (4th place in Big 12 South Division)<br><br><b>Last Bowl Appearance:</b> Houston Bowl (38-14 win over Navy)<br><br><b>Key matchup(s):</b> Sept. 18 <A HREF=http://tcu.TheInsiders.com>TCU</A>, Oct. 9 <A HREF=http://nebraska.TheInsiders.com>Nebraska</A>, Nov. 13 @<A HREF=http://tamu.TheInsiders.com>Texas A&M</A>, Nov. 27 <A HREF=http://oklahomastate.TheInsiders.com>Oklahoma State</A>.

Star Power: Adell Duckett, DE Sr. 6-4 265; Chad Johnson, S So. 5-11 197; Nehemiah Glover, WR Sr. 5-8 180; Taurean Henderson, RB, 5'9 205.

Notable Additions: Anthony Jenkins, WR, Ennis, Texas Fr. 5-11, 180; Brett Bischofberger, DE Oroville, CA (Butte College)Jr. 6-3, 270; Darcel McBath, DB, Gainsville, Texas, Fr. 6-0, 176.

Notable Subtractions: BJ Symons, QB, Sr. (Houston Texans); Carlos Francis WR, Sr. (Oakland Raiders); Mickey Peters WR, Sr. (Tennessee Titans); Wes Welker WR, Sr. (San Diego Chargers)

Notable Returnees: Jarrett Hicks WR, So. 6-4, 208; E.J. Whitley OL, 6'6, 305; Brock Stratton LB, So. 5-11 233; Mike Smith LB, Sr. 6-3, 245.

09/04/04@Southern Methodist
09/11/04@New Mexico
10/30/04@Kansas State
11/13/04@Texas A&M
11/27/04Oklahoma State
Offensive Overview: After BJ Symons broke numerous NCAA records last year, all eyes are on fifth year senior quarterback Sonny Cumbie. In addition to losing Symons, three starting senior wide receivers left for the NFL; however, the Red Raider offense is far from toothless. The offensive line returns four starters and several other players with significant playing time. Taurean Henderson is a dangerous running back that pretty much does it all-- blocks, catches and runs very well. Glover only needs three TDs to break the school's TD reception record held held by Mickey Peters (22). Jarrett Hicks is a big target and showed some flashes of brilliance as a red shirt sophomore. Though this offense might not lead the nation again in yards per game, expect this unit to put up some pretty good numbers as this is the first year that every player on the roster is a Mike Leach recruit. Joel Filani was the surprise of the spring offensively, and Bristol Olomua is a huge target at 6'5, 250, giving Cumbie a few more options in this pass-happy offense.

Defensive Overview: The Red Raider defense took its lumps last year learning a new scheme with young and inexperienced players throughout the two deep. Eleven players on the two-deep roster were freshmen and sophomores. The defense improved as the year progressed in stopping the run, giving Red Raider fans some hope for next season. Also factor that Tech played some potent offenses in Ole Miss and NC State, who are no longer on the schedule. The Red Raiders will face a rebuilding OSU offensive squad in Lubbock and will get the Longhorns at home as well. With a Big12 record 14 sacks, Adell Duckett was the lone bright spot last year on defense. This defense is more talented than the numbers suggest from 2003. The Tech defense will not have a stifling, shutdown type of defense; however, fans should expect to see a marked improvement over last year's unit due to more experience, depth and incoming JUCO transfers Bishofberger (DE), Sylvester Brinkley (LB), Dek Bake (DE) and Dewayne Slay (S). The defense returns 9 starters including all three of its starting linebackers. The secondary looks to be stronger with Vincent Meeks moving to corner and Johnson moving over to safety. Red shirt freshman cornerback Chris Parker and true freshman defensive back Darcel McBath will have the opportunity to challenge for playing time in the secondary. The defensive line will have a deeper and stronger rotation. Look for this unit to finish closer to the middle of the pack in the Big12 than the bottom.

Special Teams Overview: Keith Toogood kicked with some injuries hindering his performance toward the end of the year. Wes Welker set an NCAA record in punt returns returned for TDs. Glover will take over that chore this year. Kick returners have not yet been decided, but Vincent Meeks, Johny Mack and Glover are candidates.

With OU being so strong..., the Red Raiders will likely have to fight it out with the Longhorns for second place-- not an unlikely scenario, given the fact that the game will be in Lubbock. October is a brutal month with games at OU and KSU. UT and Nebraska round out the home schedule that month.

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