Texas Tech defensive end Eli Howard has season-ending knee surgery

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Texas Tech defensive lineman Eli Howard (53) during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Arizona, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)

LUBBOCK, Texas — Texas Tech will be without its best pass rusher for the rest of the 2020 season.

Matt Wells announced Saturday that Eli Howard underwent season-ending knee surgery this week.

Howard leads the Red Raiders in sacks with 2.5 on the season. He made 16 tackles and batted down a pass. He hasn’t appeared in a game since October 24, when he was injured against West Virginia.

The Preseason All-Big 12 selection is a senior, but the NCAA granted a free year of eligibility for football players due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so he will have the chance to return for another season if he wants to.

Texas Tech’s final regular season game is against Kansas Saturday, December 5.

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