Today’s addition of Red Raiders Daily takes a look at the Texas Tech quarterback situation and how the Big 12 conference scheduling system could be hurting its teams’ strength of schedule rankings.
Depth at the Red Raider quarterback position is very frightening, writes Brandon Chatmon of ESPN.com in a look at the strongest and weakest positions on the Red Raider football team.
Weakest position: Quarterback
The biggest issue at the position is the overall lack of competition for Webb and Mahomes. Both players, as scholarship quarterbacks, are essentially being slotted into their spots as starter and backup barring an exceptional walk-on freshman emerging like Baker Mayfield did last season.
One reason Webb grew and improved as a true freshman was his daily competition with Mayfield and Michael Brewer, both of whom transferred after the 2013 season. Webb did a great job pushing himself to get better during the spring, evidenced by his strong outings in spring scrimmages, but nothing pushes players to improve more than the thought of losing their spot.
Texas Tech football has the 71st toughest schedule in the FBS, and according to CBSsports’ Jerry Palm, that’s because the Red Raiders, like every other Big 12 team, have to play an extra conference game.
Nothing too exciting stands out with Kansas, Texas Tech, TCU and Iowa State. The Horned Frogs do get a Big Ten matchup with Minnesota, while Texas Tech plays SEC foe Arkansas. Iowa State should beware on Aug. 30 as it faces FCS National Champion North Dakota State.
Fellow FanSider Patrick Schmidt likes Davis Webb a lot, but can’t find it in himself to rank the Big 12’s No. 2 quarterback (statistically) from last season any higher than four.
Webb was second in the Big 12 in pass attempts, completions, completion percentage, passing yards and touchdowns and in his second year in Kliff Kingsbury’s quarterback-friendly offense and the unquestioned starter, his numbers should be typical of the Texas Tech quarterbacks in the past under Mike Leach.
Coming off a 400-yard, four-touchdown performance in the Holiday Bowl win over Arizona State, Webb has as much momentum heading into this season as any quarterback in the nation.
Webb can make a legitimate case to be ranked as high as No. 2 on this list by the end of the season and make this preseason ranking look awfully conservative.