Texas Tech football: Red Raiders wrap up spring ball on high note

Texas Tech freshman quarterback Davis Webb capped an impressive showing in spring ball Saturday, throwing for four touchdowns and completing 25 of 37 passes.


About 19,500 Raider fans showed up at Jones AT&T Stadium for the official spring scrimmage, and cheered as Webb three for 354 yards. He even showed he could run the ball, scoring on a long touchdown run that was called back.


Webb was perfect in the Red Raiders three spring scrimmages accounting for 13 touchdowns and no interceptions. Under Coach Kliff Kingsbury’s guidance, Webb has built on his strong showing in the early part of last season, when he shared the quarterback duties with Baker Mayfield, and appears to be Kingsbury’s choice to start at quarterback in the fall.


Webb spread the ball around to a young receiving corps with a plethora of speed and talent. He connected with wide receiver Jakeem Grant for a 75-yard touchdown, the longest score of the day. He also tossed a nice over-the-shoulder fade to Bradley Marquez for a 23-yard touchdown. Wide receivers Reginald Davis, Devin Lauderdale, and Derrick Edwards also got in on the action.


“This is the fastest receiving group I’ve known since I’ve ever watched Texas Tech football,” Webb said.


Despite Webb’s stand-out performance, the defense managed to snag a few highlights.


Safety Josh Keys took advantage of a early fumble by the offense, scoring from 22 yards out. In addition to his touchdown, Keys also stripped the ball from WHO? Keys was not the only player on the defense forcing turnovers. Red-shirt freshman linebacker Collin Bowen snagged an interception off a pass thrown by the second team quarterback.


Overall, the Red Raiders appeared solid on both sides of the ball. With the successful spring, Kingsbury and his coaching staff have built on the momentum gained from the Raiders’ Holiday Bowl upset over Arizona State. Kingsbury hinted that after the bowl victory and the accomplishments in the spring season the Red Raiders are teeming with confidence and itching for the 2014 season.


“We have a lot more confidence than last year. Last year, we just tried to install and the guys are trying to figure us out and figure out our expectations. They know what they can be after that bowl game and carry that confidence over to being a top-15 team. They know what they can be if they put it all together, so that’s exciting.” said Kingsbury.