This first in a series of position review articles looks closely at Texas Tech’s quarterbacks, running backs and receivers coming out of spring practice.
There’s no question, Davis Webb is the best player on this football team right now. His command of the offense was on full display during the spring as the sophomore gunslinger posted a 13-0 touchdown-interception ratio. He can make every throw in any situation, making Webb the most exciting QB since a guy named Graham Harrell roamed the turf in Lubbock.
However, the depth behind Webb is non-existent. Junior college transfer Tanner Tausch played backup during the spring and comported himself admirably with limited reps. In time, he could develop into a serviceable No. 2 option with good height and a decent arm, but he won’t have much time to prove himself once four-star signee Patrick Mahomes arrives this summer.
Running Back: B-
With Tech’s current rushing leader taking snaps on defense, some may believe the running back position has taken a hit. However, Saturday’s scrimmage proved just the opposite. It’s clear now that the reason Kenny Williams is playing linebacker these days is because guys like DeAndre Washington, Quinton White and Rodney Hall are more than capable. All three took snaps with the first team offense during the scrimmage. Their rushing total (97 yards) isn’t notable, but both Hall and White both caught touchdown passes and Washington ripped off a long run in second half.
Of course, as always, the running backs go as the offensive line goes. More on that unit later.
As was the case last year, the year before and the last decade, receiver is far and away Tech’s deepest, most explosive group. However, unlike the last few Red Raider receiving corps who built their reputation of physicalness and tough catches, this unit boasts tremendous speed. Bradley Marquez, Jakeem Grant, Derreck Edwards, D.J. Polite-Bray and Devin Lauderdale all posses as much speed (if not more) as any pass-catcher in the country. The later two will likely play on the outside (X) opposite Reginald Davis and Edwards (Z), and could be vying for starting job well into fall camp.
Competition is always a good thing, and their’s plenty at every receiver position. Marquez and Grant are locks to start at Y and H this season, but their backups are talented and experienced as well.
Speed all around is the identity of this year’s addition of #ReceiverU.