Texas Tech’s scrimmage on Saturday was closed to the media, but the athletics communication office sent out a highlight reel of about a minute.
Among the plays that looked especially good were a touchdown run by sophomore running back Da’Leon Ward and two tough runs by true freshman running back Ta’Zhawn Henry.
Ward took a handoff from quarterback McLane Carter and followed a pulling block from Travis Bruffey. That seems like an indication that Carter and Ward are going with the first-team offense. Ward was a dynamic back when he played as a true freshman in 2016. He rushed for 428 yards and 3 TDs, making him the top producing RB despite starting just four games.
There has been some advice this preseason from head coach Kliff Kingsbury not to make assumptions about which groups are the first-unit and so forth. But with limited looks for the media and closed scrimmages, this is the best we’ve got.
Tre King didn’t show up in the video, but we’re not going to overthink that.
Henry, a true freshman from Houston Lamar, originally committed to TCU, then decommitted and picked the Red Raiders. He had his best season of high school football as a sophomore when he rushed for 1,415 yards and 22 TDs. Injuries limited him to only 600 yards as a senior.
Alan Bowman handed off to Henry for one of his scrimmage highlight runs, so that could’ve been a freshman-heavy group. But the second highlight featured Henry taking the ball from Jett Duffey.
Given that King was an effective rusher in 2017 (623 yards, 4.8 per carry, 10 TDs), it looks like the Red Raiders are developing good depth at running back.