Texas Tech Red Raiders’ freshman running back Corey Dauphine announced his intention to transfer from the program on his Twitter account on Wednesday afternoon.
“I will always have love for you boys, this town, and this University. #wreckem”
After a redshirt season in 2015, Dauphine has received just two carries this season en route to a mere 25 yards, one of which was a touchdown in the team’s season-opener against Stephen F. Austin. The 6-0, 185-pound running back was stuck on the depth chart behind junior Justin Stockton and senior Quinton White, who have a firm handle on the majority of the carries.
The former four-star recruit out of Memorial High School in Port Arthur, Texas, chose the Red Raiders over other in-state options such as Baylor, TCU, Houston and Texas A&M, but also had offers from Notre Dame, USC, Tennessee and Michigan. According to 247sports’ Crystal Ball Predictions section – of which 14 predictions were cast – all votes went towards Baylor, Texas A&M or Washington State.
Texas Tech is off to a 3-3 start in the 2016 season, having lost two games in a row, with their next four coming against the powerhouses of the Big 12 Conference in Oklahoma, TCU, Texas and Oklahoma State.
The Red Raiders’ offense runs through the quarterback and the vertical passing game, putting the running back in a unique position. While former Texas Tech quarterback, turned head coach Kliff Kingsbury, like the ball in the hands of quarterback Patrick Mahomes as much as possible, last year’s primary running back, DeAndre Washington, was selected in the fifth-round of the NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders and is seeing his fair share of snaps as a rookie.