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  09/23/20 - Alan BowmanrSo/2023, Texas Tech, 6-2, 215 (DS#16 QB) + More +

  It took three years, but Alan Bowman will finally get to introduce himself to Texas' defense this weekend. Bowman will likely be Texas Tech's starting quarterback when the Red Raiders host UT on Saturday afternoon. This is Bowman's third year at Texas Tech. He, however, has never faced the Longhorns. Bowman missed the 2018 meeting between these in-state rivals - a 41-34 win for Texas in Lubbock - with a collapsed lung. A shoulder injury sidelined him for his team's 49-24 loss at Royal-Memorial Stadium in 2019.

The 6-3, 215-pound Bowman was a three-star prospect when he was signed out of Grapevine High. He has shown flashes of brilliance at Texas Tech. Bowman threw for 605 yards in the third game of his collegiate career, and that effort against Houston is the fifth-best effort in school history. Over his 12 career games, Bowman has averaged 340.7 passing yards. "We had always thought, when healthy, this guy was one of the better ones in the Big 12. I think he proved that two Saturdays ago with his performance against Houston Baptist" Texas coach Tom Herman said on Monday. "We definitely know that he is more than capable. He is one of the better ones, again, in our league and we're going to have our work cut out for us." - Austin American Statesman


(DS#16 QB) rSo/2023 QB Alan BowmanTexas Tech
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  A second Texas Tech football player accused of racing vehicles during an incident in late June was arrested Monday. SaRodorick Thompson, a 20-year-old running back from Irving, was booked into the Lubbock County Detention Center just before 2 p.m. Monday, according to jail records. After posting a 10% personal bond at $2,500, Thompson bailed out later in the afternoon. Records indicate he faces a Class B misdemeanor charge of racing stemming from a June 27 racing incident in which he's accused of fleeing the scene while a fellow teammate was arrested. Thompson was the Red Raiders' leading rusher last season and again in the 2020 season opener.

Tech announced later Monday that he can play in Saturday's Big 12 opener against Texas. Texas Tech running back SaRodorick Thompson was the Red Raiders' leading rusher last season. (Ray Carlin/USA Today) "SaRodorick Thompson was notified late last week that there had been a misdemeanor warrant issued in his name," the statement said. "Thompson and his lawyer are currently cooperating with the Lubbock Police Department and have done so since the incident in late June. Texas Tech Athletics will handle the matter consistent with its student-athlete discipline policy and any discipline will be handled internally. Thompson is expected to play in Saturday's Big 12 opener versus Texas." - Austin American Statesman


(DS#29 RB) rSo/2023 RB SaRodorick ThompsonTexas Tech
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  09/17/20 - Tyree WilsonrSo/2023, Texas Tech, 6-5, 280 (DS#999 DE) + More +

  Sophomore defensive end Tyree Wilson has been granted an NCAA waiver that makes the former Texas A&M transfer immediately eligible to play for Texas Tech. Texas Tech announced the waiver Wednesday, four days after its season-opening win over Houston Baptist. Wilson will have three seasons of eligibility remaining at the Big 12 school. The 6-foot-6, 280-pound Wilson played 12 games as a redshirt freshman for Texas A&M last season, when he had 12 tackles. He entered the transfer portal last spring, and got to Lubbock midway through preseason camp last month. - AP College Football

(DS#999 DE) rSo/2023 DE Tyree WilsonTexas Tech
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  09/15/20 - Colin SchoolerSr/2021, Texas Tech, 6-0, 230 (DS#21 ILB) + More +

  Colin Schooler's much-anticipated debut with Texas Tech didn't happen Saturday night, and DaMarcus Fields didn't add to his 32 career starts. The transfer linebacker from Arizona and the three-year starting cornerback were among more than a dozen Red Raiders who didn't suit up for the season opener against Houston Baptist. Tech issued a policy on Friday saying it would not answer questions about players who were deemed "unavailable" for games this season. However, Tech coach Matt Wells said Monday that, of 12 active COVID-19 cases among players that the athletic department announced on Sept. 2, only three had returned to action. Tech also said it will update its COVID-19 numbers weekly on Mondays. - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

(DS#21 ILB) Sr/2021 ILB Colin SchoolerTexas Tech
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  SEPT 14 BIG 12 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Krishon Merriweather, LB, Jr., Texas Tech,...Texas Tech linebacker Krishon Merriweather, who led the NJCAA in tackles a year ago before transferring to Texas Tech, led all Big 12 players with 12 tackles in Texas Tech's victory over Houston Baptist. He became the first Red Raider newcomer since 2000 to record double digits in tackles during a season opener. Merriweather's ranked tied four fourth nationally in the FBS. - Big 12 Football

(DS#999 ILB) Jr/2022 ILB Krishon MerriweatherTexas Tech
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  Junior college transfer Krishon Merriweather had 12 tackles in his Texas Tech debut against Houston Baptist. Merriweather is taking over for Jordyn Brooks, the first-round pick of the Seattle Seahawks. - Dallas Morning News

(DS#999 ILB) Jr/2022 ILB Krishon MerriweatherTexas Tech
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  09/13/20 - Alan BowmanrSo/2023, Texas Tech, 6-2, 215 (DS#16 QB) + More +

  SEPT 12 WEEK 2 STARS: Alan Bowman, Texas Tech, threw for 430 yards and two TDs and Texas Tech stopped FCS team Houston Baptist on a 2-point conversion attempt late in the fourth quarter, hanging on for a 35-33 victory. - AP College Football

(DS#16 QB) rSo/2023 QB Alan BowmanTexas Tech
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  09/12/20 - Alan BowmanrSo/2023, Texas Tech, 6-2, 215 (DS#16 QB) + More +

  Alan Bowman threw for 430 yards and two touchdowns and Texas Tech stopped FCS team Houston Baptist on a 2-point conversion attempt late in the fourth quarter, hanging on for a 35-33 victory Saturday night. SaRodorick Thompson ran for two scores in the opener of the pandemic-shortened season for the Red Raiders in front of a socially distanced crowd of 11,157. Bailey Zappe threw for 567 yards and four touchdowns in the first game for Houston Baptist (0-2) against a Power 5 opponent a week after finishing with 480 yards passing and three scores in a 57-31 loss to North Texas.

Zappe's final TD pass to Jerreth Sterns pulled the Huskies within two with 3:23 remaining, but his pass to the sideline on the 2-point play was wide and high. The Red Raiders then ran out the clock. Josh Sterns had 209 yards receiving and two touchdowns, including a 75-yarder to get Houston Baptist within eight early in the fourth quarter. Jerreth Sterns had 12 catches for 130 yards. The Huskies set up their chance to tie by stopping Bowman on a quarterback sneak on fourth-and-1 from the Houston Baptist 4-yard line. Bowman spread the ball around, with five receivers getting at least four catches and 46 yards. KeSean Carter, who led Texas Tech with 86 yards receiving, and Erik Ezukanma had receiving TDs. - Texas Tech/AP College Football


(DS#16 QB) rSo/2023 QB Alan BowmanTexas Tech
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  09/11/20 - Colin SchoolerSr/2021, Texas Tech, 6-0, 230 (DS#21 ILB) + More +

  As a Pac-12 linebacker for the past three years, Colin Schooler got used to making all sorts of split-second decisions: calls, checks, angles to take on opposing skill-position players. Perhaps no single one of those carried the gravity of the quick decision he had to make over the past month. When the Pac-12 postponed fall sports on Aug. 11 as a precaution for COVID-19, the former Arizona star decided not to sit tight. But then he had to choose a new home. He had his name in the NCAA transfer portal by Aug. 21 and announced on Aug. 30 he was joining Texas Tech as a graduate transfer. "The really tough part about it is Arizona did nothing wrong," Schooler said Tuesday. "It was a conference choice for them to not play, and I have no bad blood over there. I still wish everybody the best at Arizona. "But personally I couldn't sit back and watch the rest of the teams that decided to not opt out of the season play. I feel like when it's fall time, it's football time and that's what my family and I chose to do."

Few, if any, transfers into the Texas Tech program have been more heralded. The 6-foot-1, 230-pound senior achieved some level of all-Pac-12 recognition each of his first three years after posting single-season tackle totals of 95, 119 and 98 - and tackles for loss totals of 13 1/2, 21 1/2 and 11. He's impressed his new coaches and teammates by being a quick study. "At Arizona, we ran kind of the same scheme," Schooler said. "But in terms of football, defense is defense no matter where you are. It's just a matter of getting down the terminology and calls and certain checks like that. "I've had a pretty smooth transition, getting extra time with coach Cos (linebackers coach Kevin Cosgrove) and just being in the film room a lot." - Lubbock Avalanche Journal


(DS#21 ILB) Sr/2021 ILB Colin SchoolerTexas Tech
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  09/08/20 - T.J. VasherrSr/2021, Texas Tech, 6-5, 215 (DS#35 WR) + More +

  2021 SENIOR BOWL WATCH LIST: TJ Vasher, Texas Tech,...Vasher, a native of Wichita Falls, Texas, continued to be a big play threat for the Red Raiders last season as he led the team with six touchdown catches, giving him 19 for his career. Four of his six touchdown catches came during Big 12 play as he finished the year with 42 receptions for 515 yards. - Texas Tech Football

(DS#35 WR) rSr/2021 WR T.J. VasherTexas Tech
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  09/02/20 - Colin SchoolerSr/2021, Texas Tech, 6-0, 230 (DS#21 ILB) + More +

  The Arizona pipeline to the Big 12 expanded further Sunday, when former Wildcats linebacker Colin Schooler announced his commitment to Texas Tech. Schooler became the fourth UA player to transfer to a Big 12 school this year. He joined his brother, Brenden Schooler (Texas); fellow linebacker Tony Fields II (West Virginia); and safety Scottie Young Jr. (West Virginia). The Schooler brothers entered the NCAA transfer portal after the Pac-12 announced it was postponing the fall football season because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Big 12 is pushing forward with plans to play. Texas Tech is slated to open its season Sept. 12 against Houston Baptist. In the original, pre-pandemic schedule, the Red Raiders were slated to host the Wildcats on Sept. 19. Arizona defeated Texas Tech 28-14 in Tucson last year. Colin Schooler appeared in 37 consecutive games for the UA over the past three seasons, including 33 straight starts. He compiled 312 tackles, including 46 for losses, plus 11 passes defensed, four interceptions, three fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles. - Arizona Star News

(DS#21 ILB) Sr/2021 ILB Colin SchoolerTexas Tech
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  08/30/20 - Colin SchoolerSr/2021, Texas Tech, 6-0, 230 (DS#21 ILB) + More +

  Former Arizona linebacker Colin Schooler will be eligible to play immediately this fall at Texas Tech after leaving the Pac-12 team for which he started the past three seasons. The Pac-12 has opted against playing football this fall because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Big 12 plans to play a reduced 10-game schedule that starts Sept. 12. Coach Matt Wells said Sunday that Schooler, a graduate transfer, joined the Red Raiders last week. Schooler had 318 tackles in 37 games at Arizona, and goes into his final season with 46 tackles for loss, the most among any active FBS player. Texas Tech is scheduled to open the season at home against Houston Baptist. - AP College Football

(DS#21 ILB) Sr/2021 ILB Colin SchoolerTexas Tech
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  08/29/20 - Henry ColombirJr/2022, Texas Tech, 6-2, 205 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Texas Tech's newest quarterback transfer Henry Colombi has been granted a waiver from the NCAA granting him immediate eligibility to play in the 2020 season. The junior transferred from Utah State, where he was a backup to Jordan Love for the last two season.Love was a first-round pick in the 2020 NFL draft. Colombi has two years of eligibility remaining and will likely be the backup to Alan Bowman this season. After Bowman's history of injuries the Red Raiders finally have another backup with starting experience at the collegiate level. Over the course of the last two seasons at Utah State, Colombi played in 13 games, passing for 460 yards, completing 53 of 69 passes, and 139 rushing yards. - Dallas Morning News

(DS#999 QB) rJr/2022 QB Henry ColombiTexas Tech
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  08/25/20 - Tyree WilsonrSo/2023, Texas Tech, 6-5, 280 (DS#999 DE) + More +

  Texas Tech coach Matt Wells continues to beef up his roster with transfers. On Monday, Tech announced the addition of Tyree Wilson, a former blue-chip defensive end who made his college debut last season with Texas A&M. The 6-foot-6, 280-pound sophomore from New London West Rusk played in 12 games last season for the Aggies as a redshirt freshman. He was credited with 12 tackles, including three tackles for loss and 1 1/2 sacks. Wilson had his name put into the transfer portal in February. Tech will apply for an NCAA waiver for immediate eligibility on Wilson's behalf. He began practicing with the team on Friday. Unlike in recent years when early portions of most preseason workouts were open, the Red Raiders' practices are closed this year as a precaution during the COVID-19 pandemic. - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

(DS#999 DE) rSo/2023 DE Tyree WilsonTexas Tech
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  08/22/20 - T.J. VasherrSr/2021, Texas Tech, 6-5, 215 (DS#35 WR) + More +

  Wide receiver T.J. Vasher was back on the practice field in uniform Friday, a source confirmed, four days after Tech coach Matt Wells said the senior from Wichita Falls Rider continued to be diverted from football workouts to taking care of academic responsibilities. Vasher suggested in a tweet early Friday that he had accomplished what he needed. "Pulled it off. Catch y'all between the lines," he wrote. Wells was not available to media on Friday. - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

(DS#35 WR) rSr/2021 WR T.J. VasherTexas Tech
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