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Texas Tech Starting RB SaRodorick Thompson Arrested on Racing Charges

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Texas Tech’s season continues to start off on a rough note. On Monday, running back SaRodorick Thompson was arrested on charges of racing on the highway, as first reported by Ronald Clark of KCBD NewsChannel11 in Lubbock, Texas.

Thompson had himself a breakout season in 2019 and came into 2020 with high expectations. Last season he ran for 765 yards and 12 touchdowns in the season-opening win against Houston Baptist he finished with 22 carries for 118 yards and two scores.


Texas Tech released a statement on Monday, reading: “SaRodorick Thompson was notified late last week that there had been a misdemeanor warrant issued in his name. Thompson and his lawyer are currently cooperating with the Lubbock Police Department and have done so since the incident in late June. Texas Tech Athletics will handle the matter consistent with its student-athlete discipline policy and any discipline will be handled internally. Thompson is expected to play in Saturday’s Big 12 opener versus Texas.”

Thompson earned Honorable Mention All-Big 12 honors last season as he led the Red Raiders in rushing and added 39 receptions for 154 yards. Texas Tech was his only Power 5 offer, but he’s made the most of things thus far in Lubbock.

The Red Raiders expected plenty from Thompson this season, as he was named to the preseason watch list for the Doak Walker Award, which goes to the nation’s top running back. 

Texas Tech opens up Big 12 play on Saturday against the Texas Longhorns as 16.5-point underdogs.

UPDATE: Thompson is expected to play against Texas on Saturday.

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