We first take a look at the quarterbacks, plus a look ahead at the running backs, wideouts, tight ends and offensive line to immediately follow.
Sonny Cumbie called the signals for the Red Raiders last year, his fifth-and-final season for the Scarlet and Black. Some point to last year's choice of QB and say it begs the question: ‘Is Cody Hodges already penciled in as the trigger-man to run the 2005 version of the Mike Leach O?'
Does Graham Harrell really have a shot?
Evidenced by the distribution of reps, the top two clearly have to be Cody Hodges and Graham Harrell. Hodges, the favorite to win the job heading into 1-a-day/2-a-days, actually lost some ground for those keeping score in my opinion. Hodges had a good day I thought. But Harell was more accurate and just appeared to have the better day overall. For those who are worried about the RS-freshman's return from a broken ankle I wouldn't worry too much. Harrell didn't seem to favor it at all, which could shape up to provide an interesting QB competition for the rest of August. Without a doubt, Harrell is being given every opportunity to win the job.
The remaining four (Phillip Daugherty, Ryan Rowland, Chris Todd, and Jordan Melugin) all split reps for the third spot. Todd is indeed a physical specimen, but I see a redshirt in his future. No one will question his arm strength. But he will have to learn the offense first.
Rowland and Daugherty are the two leading candidates for the #3-job, and Melguin is just a freshman.
Projected Order as of 8-13-05:
Get the low down on the running back climbing the ladder who combines really good size with scat-back type speed by clicking the link to the RB Breakdown...
Available simply by Clicking Here: RB Notes & Evals/2005 Outloook
8/13 Practice Report: WR Notes & Evals/2005 Outlook
There are a lot of wide receivers on Tech's roster. But we'll focus more so on those who stand a decent chance of making the 8/9-man rotation co-offensive coordinators/wide receiver coaches Sonny Dykes/Dana Holgorsen prefer (at minimum) to shuttle in and out on game day.
X: Jarrett Hicks is obviously the X-man in Texas Tech's spread attack -- which favors 4-wide receivers sets and one back the majority of the time. No question about it, he is the top receiver for the Red Raiders and one of the best in the Big 12, if not the No. 1. He's considered by many around the country to be one of the best in the nation. And, as expected, Hicks was his usual self, snatching passes with ease, showing off great footwork throughout Saturday's practice.
Brandon Douglas is the back-up X, but not many have seen what he can do with Hicks almost refusing to come out of games.
Anthony Jenkins is getting a lot of reps at X and is one to watch also. He has great speed and quite a bit of upside to tap. When he puts it all together (just a RS-Frosh), he could surprise some folks.
For access to the entire wide receiver breakdown, 13 pass-catchers in all, including the up-and-coming Robert Johnson who is expected to upgrade the Y position, find the "Wide Receiver Practice Notes & Evals" link at the bottom of the page.
The comprebhensive look at the wideouts, arguably one of the most important positions in the Red Raider Offensive Juggernaut, also includes info on the Trio of True Freshmen WR Blue-Chippers -- all members of the Scout.com Texas Top 50 Signing Day, '05 final rankings, with two of those garnering State Top 25 honors. What are you waiting for? Get the Scoop on those three wideouts, ALSO, by clicking the link below!