After leaving Saturday’s game against Ole Miss with an injury, Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury confirmed on Sunday that quarterback McLane Carter is dealing with a high-ankle sprain. Kingsbury added that Carter will be a game-time decision for this weekend’s match up against Lamar.
When Carter left the game against Ole Miss he was 4/7 for 49 yards, along with three carries for 13 yards. Carter was replaced by true freshman Alan Bowman, who completed 29 of 49 passes for 273 yards and one touchdown. The Red Raiders went on to lose to the Rebels 47-27 in what was as bad an opener as Kliff Kingsbury could’ve had heading into a must-win season.
But it remains to be seen, if Carter is out for the Lamar game, does Kingsbury turn back to Bowman or does he roll with Jett Duffey, who was believed to be in the closest quarterback battle with Carter for the offseason. There is speculation that Duffey may have been serving a team suspension for some offseason off-field issues. The former Mr. Texas Football and Elite11 quarterback who threw for 2,756 yards and 29 touchdowns and ran for another 1,688 yards and 19 scores his senior season at Mansfield Lake Ridge.
With the Red Raiders getting a bit of a break against Lamar before the schedule beefs up with Houston, Oklahoma State and West Virginia, it might be best to let Carter sit this one out and make sure that ankle is 100% good to go before throwing him back onto the field.
The Red Raiders kick off their home opener at 3:00 on Saturday from AT&T Stadium.