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December 1, 2009
Report Card: Grading the Raiders' season
For probably the first time in Mike Leach's Texas Tech tenure, the defense out-performed the offense. Not that the Air Raid was a complete dud, mark you. The Red Raiders have the No. 9 scoring offense in the nation, the No. 2 passing offense, and are ranked No. 7 in total offense. Still, this was boom-and-bust offense. It produced marvelous outcomes against Nebraska, Oklahoma, Kansas and Kansas State, but foundered against Houston, Oklahoma State and Baylor.
The Red Raider defense, on the other hand, was steady as a rock all season long with the exception of the Texas A&M game. Under Ruffin McNeill, Texas Tech's defense has turned the corner and is now one of the best units in the Big 12.
Special teams, too, saw dramatic improvement in 2009 under the direction of new coordinator Eric Russell. He's transformed a liability into an asset. In 2010 he just might turn an asset into a weapon.
Now for an assessment of each position group on the Red Raider football team.