Texas Tech defensive tackle Breiden Fehoko, who started all 25 games in his first two seasons with the Red Raiders, has announced his intent to transfer.
Fehoko arrived as one of the nation’s top-rated recruits at his position and, although he started every game his freshman and sophomores seasons, didn’t become the force many had hoped. In 2016, he was credited with 19 tackles, 3 1/2 tackles for loss, a sack and five quarterback pressurse. In 2015, he was credited with 19 tackles, including four tackles for loss, a sack and an interception.
Breiden Fehoko’s the youngest of four brothers to play college football, three at Tech.
In a statement he posted Thursday on Twitter, Fehoko wrote he’s decided “with heavy heart” to transfer.
“Lubbock since I was a little kid has been my home for as long as I could remember,” he wrote. “My brothers VJ and Sam laid the foundation for me to live out my dream wearing the scarlet and black. To wear the double T was a privilege to honor those before me. However, after a lot of self reflection and prayer, I have made the decision that it is in my best interest to pursue my academic and football career elsewhere.”
Fehoko thanked Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt, coach Kliff Kingsbury and staff and his teammates.
“To all Red Raider fans, y’all are the best showing up every game day rain or shine. To the community of Lubbock, it was an honor to serve you — thank you. I always enjoyed the children’s hospital visits as well as the schools. No matter where I end up, I’ll always have a piece of Texas Tech with me.”
Thursday is the first day of classes for Tech’s spring semester.
Fehoko’s departure leaves the Red Raiders with both defensive tackle spots to fill. Ondre Pipkins, the other starter last season, was a senior. The Red Raiders return the other members of that rotation, though: Broderick Washington and Joe Wallace, who’ll be sophomores, and Mychealon Thomas, who’ll be a senior.
Washington played in all 12 games, starting one, and getting credit for 14 tackles. Wallace played in eight games, getting in on 10 tackles, and Thomas played in 10 games, having a hand in eight tackles.