Headed into the 2014 season, the Texas Tech football program currently only has one quarterback on the roster, emerging star Davis Webb.
After the closure of the spring football season, Tech had two more quarterbacks transfer out of the program. For head Coach Kliff Kingsbury, this brings the total to five quarterbacks gone in four months. The splur of quarterback departures leaves the Red Raiders spread thin on the depth chart. If Webb was to sustain an injury, Kingsbury will be left with only true freshman Patrick Mahomes, who will just be arriving in the summer for his first taste of Red Raider football.
Mahomes is an exciting recruit with dual threat ability. If Mahomes can learn quickly over the summer under Webb and Kingsbury, he has the potential to develop into a solid backup option for the Red Raiders if Webb goes down.
However, for the Red Raiders the lack of depth isn’t all bad.
For one, it means that Webb has elevated his game- he is simply driving out the competition. After his standout freshman year in which Webb threw for 20 touchdowns and 2,718 yards, quarterbacks Baker Mayfield and Micheal Brewer transferred due to a lack of playing time.
Now, with spring practice in the books, Webb has isolated himself atop the depth chart once more, and is poised to be one of the Big 12’s top quarterbacks.
In Tech’s 2014 spring game, Webb followed up his groundbreaking Holiday bowl performance. He emerged in better physical condition and threw for 354 yards and four touchdowns, earning himself national attention and Heisman contender whispers. Webb looked really comfortable in Kingsbury’s offense and seems eager to embrace the role of star quarterback.
Webb will lead the Red Raiders into the 2014 season with high expectations. He has shown that he posses the athletic size and talent to be a real threat to defenses. He has the ability to see over his lineman and make the tough throws when it counts. With Webb’s talent and coaching resources, he is expected to experience success similar to Kingsbury’s former prized quarterback Johnny Manziel. If Webb continues with his consistent dominant play, there is no reason he can’t live up to the hype.
As long as Webb is able to stay healthy, the Red Raiders posses the potential to challenge Oklahoma and Baylor for a Big 12 title.
Note: The quarterbacks shown in the video alongside Webb have now transferred.