Welp, the Less than 24 hours after quarterback Patrick Mahomes was selected as the 10th overall pick in the draft, Red Raider Nation has quickly been reminded that 2017 could be a long, tough season. Not only does a team that placed 7th last season in the Big 12 standings now have to go it alone without Mahomes, but Jonathan Giles, Mahomes’ favorite target last season, announced on Friday that he is transferring from the program.
— JonGiles2 (@_JonathanGiles) April 28, 2017
The Red Raiders have a talented receiving corps, but the loss of Giles is a major blow. He came to Lubbock as a 3-star member of the Red Raider’s 2015 class, and was quickly considered to be one of the best receivers in the conference. Last season he led TTU in receiving by hauling in 69 receptions for 1,158 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Since Giles is just a junior, the announcement of his transfer is surprising. There is no word yet on where he will end up, but if he transfers to another FBS-level school, he will have to sit out the 2017 season in compliance with NCAA transfer rules. Although, since he hasn’t used his redshirt year yet, he wouldn’t lose any eligibility.
“I would like to thank Mr. Kirby Hocutt, Coach Kingsbury and the entire Texas Tech staff for all they have done during my time here,” Giles said in his Twitter post. “I want to also thank my great teammates for their constant support. Lastly, to all Red Raiders fans, y’all are the best, showing up every game no matter what rain or shine. No matter where I end up, I will always have a piece of Texas Tech in my heart.”
Needless to say it’s a tough blow for coach Kliff Kingsbury and staff. The Texas Tech faithful are growing impatient waiting for results on the field, but 2017 road to hoe with non-conference games against Arizona State and Houston on deck. And now coach Kingsbury has to replace both his top offensive weapons.