LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech junior inside receiver McLane Mannix was granted an NCAA waiver late Friday afternoon to give him immediate eligibility beginning with the upcoming 2019 season.
Mannix, a native of nearby Midland, Texas, returned to West Texas in January as a transfer from the University of Nevada where he earned Freshman All-America honors in 2017 and was arguably one of the top wide receivers in the Mountain West Conference.
During his two seasons in Reno, Mannix hauled in 107 passes for 1,653 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns as an inside receiver in the Wolf Pack's spread offense. Over that span, Mannix ranked sixth for receiving yards nationally among wide receivers who were in their first two years of eligibility.
Mannix jumped onto the national scene as only a true freshman in 2017, hauling in 57 passes for 778 yards and six touchdowns en route to collecting Freshman All-America accolades from the Football Writers Association of America. He was only the second Freshman All-America recipient in Nevada history.
As a sophomore, Mannix was once again a frequent target, collecting 50 receptions for 875 yards and seven touchdowns. He was a preseason candidate for the Biletnikoff Award, Paul Hornung Award and the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award and earned All-Mountain West honorable mention accolades following the year.
Mannix committed to Nevada out of Midland High School where he notched 3,492 all-purpose yards and 42 total touchdowns over his prep career, making him one of the most dangerous athletes coming out of the Permian Basin area. He departed Midland High as the school's single-season receiving leader after totaling 941 yards and 12 touchdowns through the air as a senior in 2016. Mannix transferred to Midland High after three years at Midland Christian High School.
With the waiver, Mannix will make his Red Raider debut Aug. 31 when the Red Raiders host Montana State to open the 2019 slate inside Jones AT&T Stadium.