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Tahj Brooks announces return for final season - Texas Tech Red Raiders

Texas Tech’s star running back Tahj Brooks announced his intent to return to the Red Raiders on Monday morning.

Brooks is the school’s seventh all-time leading rusher and will enter 2024 just 1,178 yards behind Byron Hanspard for the top spot in Red Raider history.

The Red Raider offense, which was spearheaded by Brooks in 2023, will likely have a similar feel for Tech in 2024, and offensive coordinator Zach Kittley spoke Monday on how he envisions using his star running back.

“I have a huge list of notes of things that we’ve got to really work on and get better this spring,” Kittley said. “We’re going to have some more additions in the coming weeks that you guys are going to be excited about.

We’ve really got to look at year to year and see what we’re going to do, but definitely having him back, we’ve got to find ways to get him the ball.”

The Red Raider offense had some really tough stretches where they relied on Brooks to keep them afloat in 2023, which Kittley is hoping to balance better in 2024.

“I mean, definitely not even close to the year we want or expected,” Kittley said. “We’ve got to continue to try to be more multiple, I felt like there was a four or five game stretch there, for obvious reasons, but I felt like we were pretty, pretty bland and not as creative as I am, and I want to be.”

Brooks coming back came as a surprise to most around the program, but after not receiving as high of an NFL draft grade as he would’ve liked, Brooks made his decision to return.

“I think ultimately, his draft status didn’t come back as quite as good as he wanted,” Kittley said. “I think he just felt like after not getting quite the draft grade that he was hoping for that this is a great opportunity for him to come back and clearly we’re all excited he’s coming back and hopefully we can set that all-time rushing record next year.”

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