Baker Mayfield and Davis Webb Continue to Battle for the Starting QB Spot at Texas Tech
The injury to sophomore quarterback Michael Brewer has thrown a wrench into the plans for Texas Tech Football. Brewer has missed practice the past week due to a back injury and is day to day according to Red Raider Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury.
The competition is now between a pair of true freshman in Davis Webb and Baker Mayfield along with redshirt freshman Clayton Nicholas. With only 11 days left until the season opener in Dallas against the SMU Mustangs, Red Raider fans will have a freshman start the season at quarterback for the first since 1994 when Tony Darden started against New Mexico.
Now the injury to Brewer does take away from the experience on the offensive side of the ball but that can not be an excuse for the outcome of this season. Both Webb and Mayfield have shown signs of being able to lead this football team and their performances in the spring and fall should give Coach Kingsbury confidence in whoever he chooses.
When you break down these QB's, Webb is your prototypical Texas Tech quarterback. He has a strong arm and very solid accuracy but is not quite as fleet a foot as sophomore Michael Brewer but his arm strength is by far the best on the team. Mayfield on the other hand is more of a scrambler as his highlight film at the top shows. He plays much like Brewer except he may have better breakaway speed as a runner which could really come in handy if our offensive line struggles with injuries as it has in the past.
With the start of the season less than two weeks away, the pressure is starting to mount on head coach Kliff Kingsbury to name the starter. One thing is for sure though as it pertains to the opening game against SMU. Texas Tech will start a freshman at the quarterback when they open the 2013 football season and their will be growing pains.