Texas Tech Red Raider quarterback Jett Duffey is practicing with the team after serving a suspension stemming from allegations of sexual misconduct, according to a report from Inside the Red Raiders.
Duffey, a redshirt freshman, will join a quarterback competition to replace Patrick Mahomes II that includes senior Nic Shimonek. Kliff Kingsbury said in February that he expected Duffey to “slide right in and be very good,” according to the Dallas Morning News.
Duffey was suspended by the university in January for the spring and summer semesters. The reason for his suspension was not initially released by the school or the team.
However, a Lubbock Avalanche-Journal investigation found that Duffey was found responsible for two counts of sexual misconduct by the university. The incidents in question occurred on April 16, 2016.
A grand jury declined to criminally prosecute Duffey after finding insufficient cause. However, university Title IX investigations have a lower burden of proof than criminal investigations.
Red Raider head coach Kliff Kingsbury told the Avalanche-Journal that the athletic department played no role in determining the length of Duffey’s suspension. He also said he is comfortable with Duffey returning upon completion of his suspension.
Duffey was ranked as the 13th-best dual threat quarterback in the class of 2015 by 24/7 Sports. He attended Mansfield Lake Ridge High School and redshirted in 2016.