Friday Night Lights

Join us as we look back on a couple of Tech commits that played well this past weekend.

First off, the quarterback situation for Tech has become one of the most interesting stories out of Raiderland since Robert Johnson switched to Inside Receiver. That said we decided to take a look at the two quarterback commits, Taylor Potts (and teammate Lyle Leong) and Greg McElroy, and Plainview stud, Jamar Wall. This is a new feature that will be brought to you weekly, looking around the country at Tech commits and bringing you the latest stats and news.

With Taylor Potts being the first commit, we decided to look at him first this week. The Abilene High Eagles who are undefeated and ranked in the Texas Top 10 by the AP took on top-ranked, and undefeated Missouri powerhouse, Rockhurst in Texas Stadium. The Eagles came out soaring as did both Taylor Potts and Lyle Leong. Abilene jumped out to a very early 20-0 lead over Rockhurst at the half, thanks in large part to the Potts-to-Leong connection. Potts ended the night going 24-36 for 220 yards and 2 TDs, both to Leong, who ended the night with 7 catches for 113 yards and 2 TDs. Abilene, who barely lost to Southlake Carroll last season in the State Semifinals are on a roll starting out 5-0, defeating Rockhurst (MO) 33-14. On the season, Potts has gone 94-132 for 1,096 yards, 9 TDs, and 2 INTs. Leong has caught 36 passes for 577 yards and 7 TDs.

Thursday, Greg McElroy became the second quarterback to join the Texas Tech Red Raiders. McElroy, who will replace transfer Philip Daugherty, is in his first and only season as starter for the Carroll Dragons of Southlake, TX. Last season, McElroy sat behind current Missouri Tiger, Chase Daniel and is now making the best of his opportunity. So far on the season, McElroy has gone 80-120 for 1,077 yards, 15 TDs, and 2 INTs. Most recently, SLC and McElroy dismantled Keller Fossil Ridge to the tune of 55-24 on Friday night. McElroy ended the game completing 17 of 23 for 215 yards and 5 TDs with no INTs. McElroy also rushed for 87 yards on 10 carries and 1 TD.

Jamar Wall continued his dominating ways with Hereford on Friday night in a huge way. With Tech you hear about the "playstation-esque" passing stats, but Tech isn't the only local team with insane stats. Enter Jamar Wall, the RB/DB from Plainview High. After ripping apart two class 5A teams (El Paso Montwood and Lubbock Cornado) and 4A Wichita Falls for over 200 yards a piece, Wall blasted away the Whitefaces of Hereford (former home of Cody and Slade Hodges) with a 400 yard first-half. Wall ended the game with a massive 466 yards rushing and 5 TDs as Plainview dismantled hapless Hereford 50-12. Wall would have had more, but was sat down after the first series of the third quarter. On the year, Wall has rushed for 1,095 yards on 99 carries for an enormous 11.1 ypc average in only 4 games, averaging nearly 274 yards a game. The most impressive stat is Wall's 15 TDs on the year. Against Hereford, Wall had TD runs of 71, on the first play from scrimmage, 48, 7, 70, and 50 yards.

Every week we will cover different Tech commits. So until next week, enjoy those Friday Night Lights.

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