In Texas, high school football is a way of life, and Lake Travis, near Austin, has built a reputation for powerhouse teams. The Cavaliers put themselves on the map by winning five consecutive state titles from 2007-2011. Along the way, the program consistently produced an assortment of collegiate talent.
Going into the 2013 season, the Texas Tech football team benefited from the Cavalier’s propensity to produce standout talent. The Red Raiders had two former state champion quarterbacks from Lake Travis on the roster. Now, looking ahead to the 2014 season, they will have none.
Both Baker Mayfield and Michael Brewer saw playing time and contributed to coach Kliff Kingsbury’s success. Yet, after apparent miscommunication with the coaching and medical staff, both former Lake Travis quarterbacks have announced plans to transfer.
Mayfield, a true freshman walk on, made his intentions to transfer known at the end of last season.
He played in eight games and led the Red Raiders to a 5-0 start. However, after getting injured against Kansas five weeks into the season, Kingsbury started playing his other freshman quarterback, Davis Webb. Mayfield shared playing time for the remainder of the season before eventually losing the starting job to Webb.
“When I got healthy, I didn’t know why I wasn’t playing right away, at that time, we were losing a couple games in a row.” Mayfield told ESPN.
Mayfield said after his injury he had little communication with his head coach. Then, Tech didn’t offer him a scholarship in the spring, which cemented his decision to transfer.
By moving to Oklahoma, Mayfield will lose a year of NCAA eligibility, and he will be competing against five quarterbacks already on scholarship – including Travis Knight, who had a breakout game in Oklahoma’s upset over Alabama.
Meanwhile, Brewer, the sophomore out of Lake Travis, had his own disagreements with Kingsbury’s staff. Brewer showed great skill and flash the spring of 2013, and he seemed such a perfect fit for the explosive Red Raider offense that he was expected to start the regular season in the fall.
An early injury, though, caused him to miss most of the season. Frustrated by what he called a “misdiagnoses” of his back injury by the Tech medical staff, he, too, recently, announced his plans to transfer.
The former high school star claims that he was allowed back to practice too early, which aggravated his injury and delayed his recovery.
“They let me start practice at the beginning of two-a-days when I wasn’t supposed to, which set me back again” Brewer told Fox sports.
Brewer also mentioned communication troubles with Kingsbury, claiming that Kingsbury told him he was getting the start against Texas, which didn’t happen.
Like Mayfield, he will also have to miss a year of eligibility if he plans to transfer to any school within the Big 12.
With a coaching style thrives on competition. Week by week coach Kingsbury played the quarterback that he assessed as the best option to lead the Red Raiders to victory. For the most part his strategy seemed to work, the Red Raiders offense was a thorn in defensive coordinators side all season long.
In the end, Kingsbury’s coaching style has let two former state champions of Texas walk away from his program, and stacked his cards on the promising young talent, Davis Webb.
Now Webb will continue to compete and grow in the same system, with Patrick Mahomes, one of Texas high school football’s top ranked quarterbacks, as the new challenger for Kingsbury starting spot