WR Tony Brown becomes latest to transfer from Texas Tech

Tony Brown (R) totaled 27 receptions for 378 yards and a touchdown in two seasons at Texas Tech. (AP)

Another Texas Tech receiver has decided to leave the program.

About two weeks after Jonathan Giles announced his intent to transfer, rising junior Tony Brown said (in a Twitter message that is, uh, quite similar to Giles’) he will do the same.


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Compared to Giles, the team’s leading receiver in 2016, this news won’t be quite as impactful for the Red Raiders. In his two seasons with the program, Brown totaled 27 receptions for 378 yards and a touchdown. Receiver is a position of strength for Tech, and guys like Keke Coutee (55 catches, 890 yards, 7 TDs), Dylan Cantrell (58-675-8) and Cameron Batson (60-644-8), plus a host of others, are all slated to return.

Brown is the third player to leave Texas Tech this offseason. Breiden Fehoko, a two-year starter on the defensive line, committed to LSU in April. Brown, Giles and Fehoko all signed in the Red Raiders’ 2015 recruiting class.

The departures of Fehoko and Giles (who has narrowed his transfer destination down to 10 options) were definitely doses of bad news for TTU fans. The loss of Brown, though certainly not encouraging, should not be the end of the world in what many are saying is a make-or-break season for head coach Kliff Kingsbury.

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Kingsbury, entering his fifth season with the program, led the Red Raiders to a 5-7 record in 2016. Kingsbury needs a bounce back year in 2017, but he’ll do it without star quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who left early for the NFL and was selected in the first round by the Kansas City Chiefs. Senior Nic Shimonek will start in 2017.

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