Top defensive player joins Red Raiders


Texas Tech head coach Matt Wells announced Sunday the addition of three-time All-Pac 12 honoree Colin Schooler to the Red Raider roster. Schooler, a graduate transfer from Arizona, joined the Red Raiders last this past week and will be immediately eligible for the 2020 season.

Schooler arrives in Lubbock with an already impressive résumé as he earned honorable mention All-Pac 12 accolades following each of his three seasons at Arizona and was tabbed the conference's Freshman Defensive Player of the Year in 2017. He also garnered Freshman All-America honors that year by the likes of USA Today, ESPN and the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA).

Schooler recorded at least 90 tackles in all three seasons with the Wildcats, including a career-high 119 in 2018. The Dana Point, California native has totaled 312 career takedowns over his career, which trails only Northwestern's Paddy Fisher for the most among active FBS players entering the 2020 campaign. Fisher has 318 career tackles with still one year of eligibility still remaining. Schooler was also named to the All-Pac 12 first team in 2018 by the Associated Press.

There are no active FBS players, however, with more tackles for a loss than Schooler, who has posted 46.0 knockdowns behind the line of scrimmage entering this season, including 9.0 that went for sacks. He needs 10.0 additional tackles for a loss this season to match Cincinnati's Antwan Peek (2000-02) and Michigan's Brandon Graham (2006-09) for 25th all-time in FBS history.

Schooler has also helped in pass coverage, picking off four passes over his Arizona career while breaking up seven others. He added two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries over his 37 career games.

Schooler hails from a football family as his father, Tom, played at Eastern Michigan, while his older brother, Brendan, played at Oregon before joining him at Arizona for one season. His mother, Christine, was also a collegiate athlete as part of the Cal State Los Angeles volleyball program.

Wells and his staff have now landed seven impact transfers ahead of the 2020 season and their second since preseason camp began as Texas A&M transfer Tyree Wilson previously joined the Red Raiders roughly a week ago. Six of those transfers were enrolled at power-five schools prior to arriving in Lubbock.

The Red Raiders are less than two weeks from kicking off the 2020 season on Sept. 12 against Houston Baptist. Kickoff time and television coverage for that game will likely be announced by the Big 12 office in the coming days.

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