The Texas Longhorns begin their Big 12 list against rival Texas Tech Tech on the road in Week 4. This will again be an attacking game as each of the last four games has combined at least 73 points. Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian needs to make sure his defense is prepared for Donovan Smith and the rest of the Red Raiders offense.
The Red Raiders have consistently put out an incredible offensive product. Last year was no different as they averaged 30.3 points, including a 35 loss to the Longhorns. What makes it difficult to prepare for Texas Tech is the consistent pace and substitutions in their air attack offense. Having SaRodorick Thompson and Tahj Brooks in the backfield creates a matchup problem for opposing defenses.
Stay tuned to our Season Preview series at LonnghornCountry.com, where we’ll analyze every opponent on the Longhorn calendar for 2022, as we’ve already looked at Texas Tech’s overall preview.
Now let’s take a look at the offensive weapons Texas should look out for:
QB Donovan Blacksmith:
Sophomore quarterback Donovan Smith officially takes the reins after starting quarterback Tyler Shough was injured in the first week. Smith is known for his strong arm and ability to throw the deep ball. So far, Smith has 785 passing yards and seven touchdowns in three games. The main concern at quarterback is turnover. So far, Smith has five interceptions in the past two weeks. You can bet head coach Steve Sarkisian will make this a priority ahead of the game.
RB SaRodorick Thomas:
Thompson was number two back to start the season. He is extremely gifted and doesn’t turn the ball over (a fumble in 2021). He ran for 500 yards along with 10 touchdowns last year. Against TCU, he rushed for 118 yards, had 75 yards receiving and had three touchdowns. Thompson has 98 rushing yards on 21 carries so far this year. While Texas Tech isn’t running all the time, it’s nice to have Thompson as a backup.
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RB Tahj streams:
Brooks is the other running back threat who will be difficult to deal with when she’s sitting at 5’10” and 220lbs. Last year he rushed for 568 yards on 7 touchdowns and averaged 6.5 yards per carry. He carried his bowl game performance into this season, rushing for 132 yards and four touchdowns. Brooks is also involved in the passing game, where he has 79 yards on 11 receptions this season. Expect Brooks to be a key focus against the Longhorns.
WR Myles Price:
Price returns for his junior season looking to build an excellent second campaign. Last season, he was Tech’s third-best receiver with 523 yards and broke out with the Raiders’ best win of the season. He had a career-high 175 yards receiving and one touchdown in the 41-38 win over Iowa State. He also had 75 receiving yards and one touchdown last year against the Horns. Price hasn’t missed a step this season with 167 yards and two touchdowns.
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