According to Sam Khan Jr. of ESPN, Keke Coutee is the most important player on the Texas Tech roster, and he is not wrong.
The Texas Tech offense stalled severely when Coutee was injured against Oklahoma State, and when he returned against Kansas it worked out just fine.
The junior receiver is averaging 15.0 yards per catch, and already has 586 yards receiving to go with five touchdowns. Texas Tech will need him to be explosive as they travel to Morgantown to take on West Virginia. The Mountaineers defensive strength is how their defense is specifically tooled to stop Air Raid attacks, and West Virginia has got the better of Texas Tech in their last three matchups.
This one might be different because the Red Raiders finally have a defense, but there’s still some offense that needs to happen. Coutee has to be able to break tackles in the open field against a solid group of WVU linebackers and stellar safety Kyzir White. If he can’t, it’ll be a long day for Texas Tech, who has a bunch of deep threats but relies on Coutee and Cameron Batson to be threats in the flats. It’s on the road, and Texas Tech hasn’t won in three years, but it’s not a bridge too far.
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