The Texas Tech Red Raiders made an explosive impact on the Big 12 race in Kliff Kingsbury‘s debut season as head coach in 2013 and will be looking to take the next step this fall. While Tech has many pieces already in place to be serious players in 2014, including sophomore quarterback Davis Webb, but need to replace some serious firepower in their offense to be a real threat. That will start with receiver Jakeem Grant taking a major step forward next season.
Last season, Grant finished third on the team with 65 receptions for 796 yards and seven touchdowns. He emerged as a serious part of the offensive scheme during his sophomore season and will be the leading returning receiver as a junior in 2014. He’ll be the veteran presence in a receiving corps that will be incorporating plenty of new talent into the mix, including a trio of sophomore receivers in D.J. Polite-Bray, Devin Lauderdale, and Reginald Davis.
But the pressure will be on Grant to fill some very big shoes this fall. Last season, the Tech offense was led by the dynamic duo of Jace Amaro and Eric Ward in the passing game. Together, the tight end and wide receiver combined for 2,299 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns as Kingsbury installed his Air Raid offensive style in Lubbock last season.
Texas Tech is building something special under Kingsbury and will be a very dangerous player in the Big 12 title race this season. But for them to get over the top in 2014, Jakeem Grant has to step up and be a difference maker at receiver this fall.