Tyler Shough Background
Tyler Shough announced in February that he would be joining the Texas Tech Red Raiders Football team. Transferring from Oregon and regarded as a top pro-style quarterback, the news of this transfer has Red Raider nation ready for the first game.
High School Career
Tyler Shough is a native of Chandler, Arizona where he began his football career at Hamilton High School. Shough would earn the spot as the varsity quarterback in 2016 of his junior year, he earned an honorable mention in Arizona’s 6A Premier League. In his senior year, Shough would throw for 3,071 yards and 30 touchdowns in only 12 games. In his final season at Hamilton High School, 247Sports ranked Shough as a four-star pro-style quarterback in the class of 2018. Shough would rack up over 20 college offers, after ultimately deciding on The University of Oregon.
Early Time at Oregon
247Sports rated Tyler Shough as the 140th best player in the class of 2018. Oregon had the 16th best-recruiting class according to 247Sports in 2018. In his freshman year, Shough would appear in only three games allowing him to red-shirt the rest of the Ducks season. Starting in front of Tyler Shough was NFL prospect Justin Herbert who would be drafted sixth overall by the Los Angeles Chargers in 2020. Herbert would help mentor Shough in the 2019 year as Tyler was set to take over as the Ducks starter in 2020.
Tyler Shough’s Last Season at Oregon
In the 2020 season, the Pac 12 decided on a seven-game schedule due to Covid. The Ducks would go 4-3 overall which was good enough to make it to the Pac 12 Championship. Shough’s stats would be down due to the shortened season, but Tyler would still throw for 1,500 yards, 13 touchdowns, and 5 interceptions with a 62.7% completion percentage. Tyler also added two rushing touchdowns down the stretch of the season. In the Pac 12 Championship, Tyler Shough would throw two touchdowns to help the Ducks defeat #13 USC to secure their 14th title in program history.
Tyler Shough and the #25th ranked Ducks faced off against the #10 Iowa State Cyclones in the Playstation 4 Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Arizona. The matchup was pretty intriguing since both QB’s were good friends in high school. Brock Purdy would get the best of Tyler Shough in this matchup as Iowa State pounced Oregon 34-17. Tyler Shough and Boston College transfer Anthony Brown switched off taking snaps which created uncertainty at the QB position.
Tyler Shough arrival at Texas Tech
In early February of 2021, Shough announced he would be entering the transfer portal with three years of eligibility left. Tyler Shough announced he would be transferring to Texas Tech on February 22nd, 2021. The Red Raiders have had a quarterback carousel the past few years and the departure of Alan Bowman opens up the QB competition.
Texas Tech Red Raiders QB Situation
The Red Raiders return Henry Colombi, Donovan Smith, Maverick Mcivor, and bring in four-star dual-threat quarterback Behren Morton. Morton is one of the highest recruits the Texas Tech Red Raiders have ever gotten. With first-year offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie who was a Red Raider, many are interested in who he will choose to lead the Red Raiders 2021 campaign. Coach Cumbie is known for his high pace passing attack. Many think Tyler Shough with his big arm could lead Texas Tech in the right direction. Shough also gets one of the nation’s top weapons at wide receiver. That being 1st team All-Big 12 receiver Erik Ezukanma.
Red Raiders Expectations
Tyler Shough has shown that he can run the RPO just about as good as anyone. However, the Red Raiders look to get back to the famous air-rade offense. Coach Cumbie will use a lot of Run-pass-options included for whoever is playing quarterback. Matt Wells and Sonny Cumbie look to turn the tables in 2021 after the past few losing seasons and last year’s 4-6 finish. With all the talent Texas Tech is bringing in this year don’t be surprised if the Red Raiders get out to a good start.
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By: Campus Live Intern Jack Damon