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2010 Preview: Wide Receivers

12 returning receivers make up 92 percent of the team's receiving yards and receptions from a year ago

12 returning receivers make up 92 percent of the team's receiving yards and receptions from a year ago
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Aug. 29, 2010

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TexasTech.com will be giving Red Raider fans exclusive access all week long as we preview the upcoming football season, position-by-position. Each day we will feature a different position and will provide insider access to the assistant coaches who have been working with these players each and every day.  Assistant coaches are not made available to the general media so TexasTech.com will be providing fans with these exclusive interviews.

Perhaps the most prolific unit of the Texas Tech football team over the past decade has been the wide receivers. Now granted, the quarterbacks are who get the ball to them, but without hauling in the passes and putting up the yards after catch, it is hard to move the ball down the field as productively as the Red Raiders have year after year.

That unit is back, and back in a big way.

The top six receivers for the Red Raiders return. The top five Tech receivers all caught at least 45 passes in 2009. How does that stack up in the Big 12? First, and by a long shot. Only Texas had more than two receivers (3) catch 45 or more passes and out of those three receivers only one is back for the 2010 campaign.

PLAYERS IN THE MIX (NUMERICAL)
#2 Cornelius Douglas (5-10, 200, So./Sq)

#4 Derrick Mays (5-10, 174, Fr./RS)

#6 Austin Zouzalik (5-11, 191, So./1L)

#8 Jacoby Franks (6-0, 195, Jr./2L)

#11 Tramain Swindall (6-3, 184, Jr./2L)

#14 Darrin Moore (6-4, 210, So./TR)

#17 Detron Lewis (6-0, 208, Sr./3L)

#18 Eric Ward (6-0, 202, Fr./RS)

#19 Lyle Leong (6-1, 175, Sr./3L)

#23 Brett Hume (6-0, 193, Fr./HS)

#28 Brent Mitcham (5-9, 171, Fr./HS)

#34 Ben McRoy (5-9, 160, Fr./HS)

#82 Adam James (6-3, 233, Jr./2L)

#83 Blake Kelley (5-10, 188, Sr./Sq)

#86 Alexander Torres (6-1, 199, So./1L)

#87 Aaron Fisher (6-2, 186, Fr./RS)

#88 Shawn Corker (6-1, 191, Fr./HS)

NEW LOOK - SAME FACES
The 2010 season is a fresh start for the Red Raiders under first-year head coach Tommy Tuberville. But that new look will feature some familiar faces at the wide-out position. Taking a look at the breakdown of what returns from last season makes it very apparent that quarterback Taylor Potts will be playing catch with receivers he is very familiar with.

PERCENTAGE RETURNING IN...
Receptions: 92% (413-of-448)
Receiving Yards: 92% (4,614-of-5,028)
Receiving Touchdowns: 89% (34-of-38)

LEWIS LANDS ON BILETNIKOFF WATCH LIST FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE SEASON
Detron Lewis led Texas Tech with 844 yards in 2009 and for the second straight season he begins the year on the prestigious Biletnikoff Award Watch List, which is a national award honoring the top wide receiver in the country. Lewis enters his final season with Texas Tech after playing in 37 career games with 1,877 yards and 12 touchdowns in his three seasons in Lubbock. Twice he has scored a pair of touchdowns in a single game (vs. Northwestern State in 2007, vs. Kansas State in 2009) and he tallied a career-high 163 receiving yards against Eastern Washington in 2008. In his most recent game - the Alamo Bowl - he recorded a career-high 10 catches against Michigan State.

TORRES SHINES IN DEBUT SEASON WITH TECH
Sophomore wide receiver Alexander Torres was named a Freshman All-American third team selection in 2009 after leading the team with 67 catches with 806 yards and scoring six touchdowns. After his breakout season he was named All-Big 12 honorable mention. His 67 receptions led all Big 12 freshmen and are the most by a freshman in the conference since former Red Raider Michael Crabtree set the school record for catches in a season with 134.

DON'T FORGET ABOUT Lyle Leong
Making the big catch in 2009 might best be described by looking at Lyle Leong's numbers. Out of his 45 catches, nine went for touchdowns. His nine TDs led the team and are tied for the most by any Texas Tech receiver NOT named Michael Crabtree since Joel Filani caught 13 touchdowns in 2006. Leong was fifth on the team in catches and his 571 yards were fourth on the team. His top performance in 2009 was against Rice when he caught nine passes for 117 yards and three touchdowns - all of which are career-highs. He also caught three touchdowns in 2008 against Kansas State.

BATCH IS A WEAPON IN THE PASSING GAME AS WELL
Baron Batch carried a big load as a junior. He led the team rushing (884 yards), but he was also third on the team in receptions with 57. He averaged over 30 yards per game through the air and tallied 395 total yards receiving. Batch led all Red Raiders with 98.4 all-purpose yards per game.

OTHER KEY RETURNERS INCLUDE:
Tramain Swindall (55 REC, 694 Yds., 12.6 Avg., 5 TD)
Austin Zouzalik (35 Rec., 469 Yds., 13.4 Avg., 2 TD)
Jacoby Franks (26 Rec., 313 Yds., 12.0 Avg., 2 TD)
Harrison Jeffers (27 Rec., 218 Yds., 8.1 Avg., 1 TD)
Adam James (17 Rec., 154 Yds., 9.1 Avg., 1 TD)

 

 

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