A sneak peek at the big questions for TCU, Rice, Tech in the Winter Edition.
The 2013 Winter Edition of Dave Campbell's Texas Football is in its final days of production, and due to hit newsstands at the end of the month (of course, you can pre-order your copy right now!).
One of the features, as always, is a two-page recap of the season that was for each FBS program in Texas, including a lookahead to 2013. And with the college football season now officially over, each program faces its share of questions.
In this exclusive sneak peek inside the 2013 Winter Edition, here's a look at some of the biggest questions facing three of the state's FBS programs -- TCU, Rice and Texas Tech.
Biggest Offseason Questions: TCU
The most pressing question revolves around one-time starting QB Casey Pachall, who left the team in October to enter a drug rehab facility and could earn his way back onto the roster in early 2013. Though Trevone Boykin was sufficient in 2012 and Pachall would have to battle for the job, the former Frog star could be a make-or-break addition if he can get back to 100 percent. But other than that, the roster is largely intact — only LB Kenny Cain, OL Blaize Foltz, OL James Fry, WR Skye Dawson and TE Corey Fuller won’t be returning, meaning the only critical issues to resolve will be A) If this year’s injured rotation players can work their way back to full health, and B) If the rest of the roster can live up to the heightened expectations. -- Travis Stewart, DCTF
Biggest Offseason Questions: Rice
Rice won’t look that much different in spring practices than it did in the bowl preparations. The Owls lose just seven scholarship seniors, but one position on the depth chart will be completely wiped out.
“We’re going to have to find a tight end,” said Rice coach David Bailiff, whose offense utilizes the tight ends far more than most programs, “because we’re graduating three of them.” Rice’s only two remaining scholarship tight ends are freshmen.
Outside of that position, Rice loses just two other players who started in the Armed Forces Bowl, DE Jared Williams and WR Sam McGuffie. Bailiff said the loss of Williams means he’ll need to create more depth at defensive end. -- Jake Shaw, DCTF
Biggest Offseason Questions: Texas Tech
Who will Kliff Kingsbury’s attack spotlight? His Houston offense led the nation in passing, and his Texas A&M offense paced the SEC in rushing. Kingsbury could work a lot of angles, inheriting mobile quarterback Michael Brewer, proven receiver Eric Ward, towering tight end Jace Amaro and running back Kenny Williams.
But can Brewer handle expectations? They’re going to be high, given Kingsbury’s track record with Case Keenum and Johnny Manziel — and given Brewer’s winning pedigree as a QB in the Lake Travis dynasty.
Tech will have its fifth defensive coordinator in five years. Is information overload a concern? The Red Raiders have some confidence after going from 114 to 39 in total defense and lose only one player in the front seven. -- Don Williams, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
Greg Tepper is the associate editor of Dave Campbell's Texas Football and TexasFootball.com.