Red Raider Offense Moves Forward Without Amaro, Ward

Published 07/30 2014 04:01PM

Updated 07/30 2014 06:39PM

The Red Raiders will open camp with plenty of experience on offense except for two huge pieces on that side of the ball in Jace Amaro and Eric Ward.

The two were centerpieces of the Texas Tech offense during their careers particularly last season when they combined for 189 catches, accounting for 41 percent of the catches from the entire offense. The bad news is the Red Raiders are returning seven of their top nine pass catchers from a year ago, and it will take that collective unit to replace them.

"It's good, it's just like any other, we have a good relationship as a receiving corps, we have a really great group," said Bradley Marquez, Texas Tech wide receiver. "Two good guys have left the room, but we have others that have come in, and we've embraced them. We have a good time in there. You know, it's something -- we're excited about our receiving corps."

Texas Tech Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury shares his player's confidence in this year's receivers.

"Yeah, everbody, It will be a collective unit, I think Brad moving over to Jaces' position," said Kingsbury. "You've got Jakeem, who will be much better than last year, Reginald Davis, D.J. Polite-Bray, Devin lauderdale,all guys that can really run, really run by people. It will look like a completely different group. It's hard to replace that much production but I expect them to step up and embrace that challenge."

Copyright 2016 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.