The Red Raiders are three games into the season and find themselves in a difficult position. Texas Tech sits at 1-2 (0-2) headed into Aimes, Ia. to take on no. 24 Iowa State. Like Texas Tech’s last opponent, the Cyclones are riding high after upsetting Oklahoma and taking the Sooners out of the AP top 25.
On top of the difficulty of playing in a stadium where Texas Tech hasn’t won since 2014, the Red Raiders could also be without starting quarterback Alan Bowman. The redshirt sophomore left the game against Kansas State with an apparent leg injury in the first quarter and did not return for the remainder of the game.
“Nothing’s broke. Nothing’s fractured. He’s day-to-day,” Wells said of Bowman’s injury.
When asked if his injury status would change who gets snaps with the first team at practice Wells said “if he doesn’t practice today then [you’ve] got to. It’s day-to-day”
Colombi performed well in Bowman’s absence, throwing for 244 yards and a pair of touchdowns in his first action with the Red Raiders. This bright performance had fans and media speculating if Bowman’s starting job was safe, but Wells quickly quelled that notion.
“Alan Bowman is our starter,” Wells said. “He won the job. He’s played well and [Colombi] played very well in relief of him. We’ll make that decision based on Alan’s health as we go through the week.”
During his two seasons in Lubbock, Bowman has suffered two major injuries. As a freshman Bowman tried to play through, then ended up re-injuring a punctured lung. Last season Bowman suffered a shoulder injury that sidelined him through November, when he decided to redshirt the season.
Though still a backup, Wells had high praise for Colobmi, a player who transferred to Texas Tech this offseason after playing for Wells as a freshman and sophomore at Utah State before Wells left for Lubbock.
“I think Henry [Colombi] did a nice job coming in. [He] started a little slow… but you could really see him get into the flow of the game. The cool thing is we didn’t change our game plan, we kept rolling with it and Henry handled a lot of stuff for the first time live. He handled a lot of stuff on his plate that coach Yost gave him…”
Last season, Texas Tech’s backup quarterback Jett Duffey started nine games after Bowman’s shoulder injury and entered the transfer portal this offseason. Behind Duffey, the Red Raiders had no backup quarterbacks with college experience until Colombi came to town.
Not that any team would want to lose a starting quarterback for any amount of time, but having the luxury of a battle-tested and trustworthy backup is comforting during Bowman’s potential absence.
“I’ve had confidence in him since the day I recruited Henry Colombi,” Wells said. “I’m proud of that young man.
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