There is some bad news for Red Raider fans this morning, LB Dakota Allen, OL Robert Castaneda and OL Trace Ellison have been dismissed from the football team.
Texas Tech has removed LB Dakota Allen, OL Robert Castaneda and OL Trace Ellison from the team.
— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) May 5, 2016
Of course, exactly why they’ve been dismissed is unknown other than they “failed to uphold [student athlete] expectations”.
The biggest loss is the Red Raiders’ leading returning tackler, Dakota Allen. Allen came to Lubbock with the 2014 recruiting class as a three-star recruit out of Humble, TX. After redshirting his freshman year, he became a force behind the line in 2015 by recording an astounding 87 total tackles.
Texas Tech doesn’t exactly have the best reputation on defense, and losing a guy like Allen will make DC David Gibbs’ job that much harder.
On the offensive side of things, losing Robert Castaneda and Trace Ellison will hurt depth across the line. Especially since Le’Raven Clark will be suiting up for the Indianapolis Colts in 2016, and after graduations, the o-line cupboard is a little bare.
Ellison, a three-star recruit out of Frisco, TX, was a member of the 2015 class. He redshirted last year, and it is unclear just how much he was expected to contribute in 2016. However, Texas Tech offensive line coach Lee Hays has spoken highly of him, and there was a good chance he would have at least picked up a few minutes.
“Trace has been a pleasant surprise.” Hays said. “He’s got a little nasty streak in him that I didn’t realize he had. He has looked good in one-on-ones, he has picked it up good.”
Castaneda joined the Red Raiders out of Round Rock, TX as a 3-star member of the 2014 class. He redshirted as a freshman, but played in all 13 games in 2015, and was expected to be a regular contributor in 2016.
To make things a little more interesting, Castaneda’s brother, Tyler Castaneda is a three-star, 2017 recruit and was at one time committed to the Red Raiders to follow in his brother’s footsteps. He reopened his recruitment in March, but has still shown interest in Tech. We will have to wait and see whether or not he completely cools on the Raiders now that his brother is no longer on the team.
You hate to lose so much talent after spring workouts (not that you like to lose it at anytime), but given the scrutiny coaches are under these days, we can’t fault coach Kingsbury for his decision.