In 2017 Kingsbury had the benefit of Nik Shimonek who while not playing much in 2016, did shine in his brief appearances. The Red Raiders returned a group of talented receivers for Shimonek to throw to as well. The most significant question was Tech’s defense and whether the Red Raiders could hold opponents below a reasonable scoring total to steal wins.
In 2018, Texas Tech will break in a new quarterback who hasn’t demonstrated competency on the field, and the Red Raiders lose Cameron Batson, Dylan Cantrell, Keke Coutee, and Derrick Willies from the receiving corps. They also lose Justin Stockton at running back.