Now, though, it appears the Red Raiders have somewhat reinforced its under-center personnel.
Nic Shimonek confirmed to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal earlier this week that he has decided to transfer to Tech. The Texas native had been at Iowa for one season and was expected to compete or the No. 3 job with the Hawkeyes in 2014.
Instead, Shimonek will return to his home state and, after sitting out this season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules, and possibly compete for the backup job in 2015.
The player will come to Tech initially as a walk-on, and will have three years of eligibility remaining beginning next season.
“I ran a similar offense to what Texas Tech runs all four years that I was on varsity in high school,” Shimonek told the paper. “I went up to Iowa, and that’s a pro-style offense. It would have taken two or three years to get adjusted to. In college football, you only have five years maximum to play.
“Plus, Texas Tech’s closer to home. My family can make more games. I just feel like Texas Tech, from what I’ve been doing, would be a better fit for me.”
Shimonek took a redshirt during his one and only season at Iowa. Houston, Rice and SMU were also considerations after he opted earlier this month to leave the Hawkeyes.
If Shimonek went to the Red Raiders looking for a better shot at playing time, that route is fraught with obstacles. True sophomore Davis Webb will enter 2014 as Tech’s unquestioned starter at quarterback and as a player with two more years of eligibility remaining after this season. Additionally, Jarrett Stidham, the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in the Class of 2015, announced back in March that he is verbally committed to the Red Raiders.
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