The Red Raiders are coming off on of their biggest wins of the Kliff Kingsbury era, but it looks like it came at a cost. Kingsbury announced during his Tuesday press conference that receiver TJ Vasher is doubtful for Saturday.
If Vasher is unable to go, the Mountaineers, while obviously not liking the circumstances, might breathe a sigh of relief with him on the bench. Last season, West Virginia managed to edge out Texas Tech in Morgantown, but they got a good dose of what Vasher is capable of. He had just two catches, but he housed both of them for touchdowns and averaged 56.5 yards per catch.
Ever since, the 6-foot-5, 192-pound redshirt sophomore has proven to be a difficult difficult matchup for secondaries. He finished with 29 receptions for 545 yards and six touchdowns last season, and only had two drops in the last eight games of the season. This season, he already has 16 catches for 273 yards and three touchdowns, including an early contender for best catch of the year.
— LandGrant Gauntlet (@the_LGG) September 2, 2018
The quicker he can get back to the field, the better.
Texas Tech has some young talent at the Z outside receiver position behind Vasher, but it’s more likely that Kingsbury opts to go with someone more experienced considering this week’s opponent. De’Quan Bowman was moved outside last season, and Ja’Deion High also has experience on the outside.
The Red Raiders are hoping that last week’s obliteration of Oklahoma State was their coming out party. Unfortunately, there are no week’s off in the Big 12 gauntlet. Especially, with 12th-ranked West Virginia headed to Lubbock on Saturday. If they want to keep the momentum going for a coming out party part II, it looks like they may have to do it without the services of TJ Vasher.