While most of the college football world is descending upon New Orleans for the national championship game on Monday, there will be at least one person who won’t be heading toward the Big Easy despite previous plans to do so.
In a tweet on Saturday, Texas Tech quarterback Jett Duffey announced he was no longer going to transfer to Tulane as he previously said but will instead re-open his recruitment by remaining in the NCAA Transfer Portal.
A former three-star recruit who wound up starting 11 games for the Red Raiders, Duffey had tweeted that he was joining the Green Wave just a few days prior. Nola.com reported, citing a source, that the signal-caller was denied academic admission at Tulane as the reasoning behind the sudden change of heart.
It’s not yet known what schools Duffey will start to look of now but chances seem high they fit a similar profile of being a Group of Five school with an opening under center not too far from the state of Texas. The redshirt junior is considered a graduate transfer so he should be immediately eligible in 2020 at whatever program he winds up at.
Duffey started the last eight games of the 2019 season at Tech and appeared in 10 total contests, throwing for 2,840 yards, 18 touchdowns and five interceptions. With him out of the picture, Willie Fritz could wind up finding another QB on the market or just stick with what’s on the upcoming roster in the form of a few inexperienced freshman or Southern Miss transfer Keon Howard, who was the primary backup to starter Justin McMillan.
For one member of the Texas Tech football team, a collegiate career that could’ve ended will instead continue.
Friday, the Texas Tech football program announced that Seth Collins has been granted a sixth season of eligibility by the NCAA. The decision will allow the wide receiver to play for the Red Raiders in 2020.
Collins had missed the entire 2019 season because of a shoulder injury suffered during spring practice.
“We’re happy for Seth that he will get to continue his career and return to the field next season,” Texas Tech football head coach Matt Wells said in a statement. “He has worked diligently with our training staff to rehab from a significant injury. We look forward to him participating in our offseason strength and conditioning program and spring practices.”
In his first season at Tech in 2018, Collins caught 32 passes for 317 yards and two touchdowns. Prior to that, Collin’s collegiate career was a roller coaster out in Corvallis.
In January of 2016, Collins, amidst speculation that he would be moved from quarterback to wide receiver, made the decision to transfer from Oregon State the first time; three months later, he returned to the Beavers — as a receiver.
Collins was second on the team in catches (36) and yards (418) during the 2016 season. After three games in 2017, Collins was ruled out indefinitely because of what was described by the team as a health-related issue; he didn’t play again for the Beavers that season. In the three games in which he played in 2017, he caught 12 passes for 130 yards and a touchdown.
That illness was unrelated to the unspecified health event the year before that left him hospitalized and caused him to miss not only the last two games of 2016 but spring practice the following year as well.
In April of 2018, Collins announced that he would be transferring to Texas Tech.
Jett Duffey has unofficially landed at a new college football home.
In mid-December, the Texas Tech quarterback entered the NCAA transfer database. Nearly four weeks later, Duffey announced on Twitter that he will continue his collegiate playing career at Tulane.
As the redshirt junior quarterback is leaving Lubbock as a graduate transfer, he is eligible to play for the Green Wave in 2020. The upcoming season will serve as his final year of eligibility.
Jett Duffey, a three-star 2016 signee, started 11 games during his time with the Red Raiders. Eight of those starts came over the last eight games of the 2019 regular season.
In 10 games total this past season, Duffey passed for 2,840 yards, 18 touchdowns and five interceptions in completing just over 65 percent of his 367 pass attempts. He threw for 300-plus yards in five straight games and seven times overall in 2019, including a season-high 424 in the early October win over Oklahoma State; his career-high is 444 against Texas in November of 2018.
In 2018, Duffey became the first Red Raider quarterback to lead the team in rushing (339 yards) since Joe Barnes in 1973. This past season, he ran for 212 yards.
Matt Wells is making some changes as he tries to get Texas Tech back to the postseason and turn things around in Lubbock.
In a pair of moves that surfaced around the same time, the Red Raiders will apparently see a bit of a staff shake up on the defensive side of the ball as safeties coach Kerry Cooks will not return to the program for 2020. At the same time, recently fired Texas defensive coordinator Todd Orlando is reuniting with several familiar faces as Tech’s new linebackers coach and assistant head coach:
Orlando is no stranger to Wells, having been DC under the head coach when the two were at Utah State from 2013-14. He eventually left for the same position when Tom Herman was hired at Houston and then followed Herman up the road to Austin.
With Orlando onboard at Tech coaching linebackers, current DC Keith Patterson will shift to coaching safeties. That’s the result of Cooks departure, a former fifth round pick out of Iowa who spent a few years in the NFL before transitioning into coaching. Well regarded for his recruiting skills, he occupied a variety of high profile positions at Wisconsin, Notre Dame and Oklahoma before joining the Red Raiders last offseason.
Texas Tech and their new look staff will open the 2020 season in El Paso against UTEP before returning home to face an FCS team and Arizona in the non-conference slate.
Unlike most programs around the nation, Texas Tech was on the receiving end of some positive early-entry news this weekend.
Jack Anderson confirmed via his personal Twitter account Saturday that he feels “that it is in my best interest to forego the 2020 NFL Draft and remain at Texas Tech for my senior year.” Added the offensive lineman, “This decision has been difficult for me due to positive feedback I have received about declaring early, and my lifelong dream of having an opportunity to play in the NFL.”
Anderson was first-team All-Big 12 at guard in 2018 after earning first-team Freshman All-American honors the year before. He started the first four games in 2019 before suffering what turned out to be a season-ending upper-body injury.
That injury ended the 6-5, 320-pound lineman’s streak of consecutive starts at 29 in a row.
Because he played in four or fewer games in 2019, he could take a redshirt that would leave him with two years of eligibility he could use in 2020 and 2021. Given the feedback he says he received, though, that seems unlikely.