Ashley Wirz,
Ashley Wirz,

Texas Tech Football could start its first true freshman at Quarterback to start the season in decades.

Sophomore Michael Brewer has been held out of practice the past few days and missed last Saturday’s team scrimmage due to a back injury (Don Williams column) that Tech officials are mum on.

True freshman Davis Webb has been taking the snaps with the first team offense, but his experience with team is more than most fans realize. Webb graduated from high school in December of 2012 and enrolled early at Texas Tech in the Spring 2013 semester.

The severity of the injury to Brewer is unknown, but closing media sessions after every practice this week until Friday show how concerned the coaching staff is.

The challenge for first-year Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury has been exponentially expanded by the growing prospect of Webb starting Friday, August 30th in Dallas against the SMU Mustangs.

Scott Fitzgerald of wrote an exceptional piece on Kingsbury being placed in a similar situation as Webb in 1999 when he took over for Rob Peters. The cerebral think piece from Fitzgerald is a must read. (He Wasn't Ready... RP Link)

For Webb, at least he is used to starting in the big games under the “Friday Night Lights.” Not to be Pollyanna about Webb potentially starting for the Red Raiders, but there is a reason he is at Texas Tech and not at SMU.

Story updated with link to Don Williams of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.