Texas Tech Signs Townsend to Strengthen Running Game

Alabama graduate transfer joins the Red Raiders with two years of eligibility remaining


LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech head coach Matt Wells announced Friday the signing of Alabama graduate transfer Chadarius Townsend to an athletic scholarship agreement.

Townsend, a four-star prospect coming out of high school, will have two years of eligibility remaining as a Red Raider where he will boost Texas Tech’s running game. He will be immediately eligible for the 2020 season after earning his degree in human environmental science in only three years at Alabama.

Townsend appeared in 18 games the past two seasons for an Alabama program that played in the College Football Playoff in 2018 and won 25 games during that span. The Crimson Tide won the CFP National Championship in 2017 when Townsend was a redshirt member for the program.

A native of Tanner, Alabama, Townsend split time between running back and wide receiver throughout his Alabama tenure but settled into the backfield as a sophomore, carrying eight times for 22 yards during the 2019 campaign. He was also a regular on Alabama’s special teams units each of the past two seasons as well.

Townsend ranked among the top players in the country yet alone the state of Alabama prior to signing with the Crimson Tide in 2017 out of Tanner High School. The former prep quarterback was tabbed one of the top-10 “athletes” in the country by Scout and 247Sports and ranked as high as the No. 142 recruit nationally. He was listed as a top-250 prospect nationally by both Scout and 247Sports as well as Rivals and ESPN.

Townsend accounted for more than 2,700 yards of total offense and 35 touchdowns during his senior season where he also earned All-USA Alabama Team honors by USA Today. A dual-threat option at quarterback, Townsend threw for 1,245 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2016, while also running for an additional 1,481 yards and 22 scores. He previously totaled more than 2,300 yards of offense and 35 touchdowns as a junior in 2015.

Townsend is the fourth graduate transfer to commit to Texas Tech this offseason, joining former Michigan State linebacker Brandon Bouyer-Randle, Wofford offensive lineman Josh Burger and Duke linebacker Jacob Morgenstern.


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