Texas Tech could actually be a more effective running team than passing team this season. Yes, you read that right.
Since the Mike Leach era, Tech's offense has been predicated on short passes and a high tempo. Those things won't be much different this year as Kliff Kingsbury takes over, but depth at running back will help the team be diverse in the way they call plays.
Senior Sedale Foster, Junior Kenny Williams and Sophomore DeAndre Washington will headline the running back core.
Foster played in all 13 games last year and has a more shifty, finesse game where Williams, who started in 11 games, is more of a traditional power back that runs behind his pads.
Washington is coming back off a major knee injury, but is arguably the most exciting to watch out of all of them.
All three players have the ability to come out of the inside slot position and make a catch as well. The three will compliment each other nicely as the year goes on.
Williams commented on the strength of the running backs as a group:
"The good thing about it is that we have a lot of great players at running back. Any of us could start. In the long run I think that is going to benefit us."
Foster and Williams aren't the only backs that could have an impact this season. Tyler Middleton, a transfer from Navarro College, has impressed his teammates with his speed and versatility.
Williams talked about Middleton's progression:
"The thing I like about Tyler is I feel like he can do a lot of different things. He's a very versatile player and we can also get him out in the slot. He can do a lot of things for us."
Kingsbury has been praised during his time as offensive coordinator at Houston and Texas A&M for his ability to utilize the strength of his offense and bring that to the forefront. Coach knows this is still a high-flying offense but knows the importance of a quality running game in a conference with such similar offensive coaching styles.
Coach Kingsbury says he isn't afraid to base the offense on rushing:
"If that's what we can do, we will hand it to them every time. We are going to do what we are best at, and we have great backs. We would love to get them the ball as many times as we can, but we also have some great receivers outside as well."
Red Raider fans may be surprised by the amount of success the Red Raiders have on the ground this year as long as they can stay healthy.
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