Harrison Jeffers Ready for Action

With multiple shake-ups at the running back position over the off-season, news that 4-star RB Harrison Jeffers is academically qualified to play next season is music to the Red Raiders coaching staff's ears. RaiderPower.com gives an in-depth analysis of what Harrison's qualifying will mean for Texas Tech next season.

With multiple shake-ups at the running back position over the off-season, news that 4-star RB Harrison Jeffers is academically qualified to play next season is music to the Red Raiders coaching staff's ears. RaiderPower.com gives an in-depth analysis of what Harrison's qualifying will mean for Texas Tech next season.

Eisenhower Head Coach Boone Copeland confirmed that Jeffers will be suiting up with the Red Raiders next season.

"I heard this morning that he was cleared by the NCAA to play next season," Copeland said. "He was waiting on a score from his summer school class, and it came through this morning.

"Harrison plans on heading down to Lubbock next Monday," he continued.

With Kobey Lewis suspended indefinitely from the team and Shannon Woods trying to work his way out of Mike Leach's dog house, Jeffers could very well see the field next season. The way things are shaping up over the summer, Aaron Crawford will most likely be the starter unless Woods is able to prove to the coaching staff that he has changed his attitude and is ready to play team ball. Baron Batch will likely be the back-up, but after facing multiple injuries in the past couple of years, his status is not guaranteed.

At 5'9", Jeffers is a smaller back who relies mostly on his strength and balance to make plays. While not extremely fast, he can hit holes quickly and is shifty enough to make up for his lack of top end speed. He was one of the most productive running backs in the state of Oklahoma as a senior, with over 1,800 total yards.

Jeffers' playing time will largely depend on two factors: what Woods' and Batch's statuses are come August and how quickly he is able to pick up the offense. Because Eisenhower ran a shotgun formation hat is similar to the Air Raid's spread offense, learning his role in the offense may not be as big of a stretch as it would be otherwise. However, his late start in getting to Lubbock to begin workouts with the team may put him behind enough that the coaches decide to redshirt him.

Regardless of the whether Jeffers redshirts or plays next year, his qualification is great news for the Red Raiders, as he will undoubtedly be one of the feature backs for the offense in the years to come.



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