Dec 30, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders quarterback Davis Webb (7) throws a pass during the 2013 Holiday Bowl against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Texas Tech Quarterback Depth Issue

Texas Tech sophomore quarterback Davis Webb will be the unquestioned starter for the Red Raiders in 2014, that’s no secret. Webb dazzled in the 2013 Holiday Bowl when he threw for four touchdowns en route to an upset over #14 Arizona State. He has tremendous upside and should be quite the gunslinger for Tech this year.

Despite having the starting quarterback role under control, not many sports writers or fans of Texas Tech have addressed the issue that faces the quarterback position for the Red Raiders this Fall: what happens if Webb gets injured?

The depth chart of Texas Tech’s quarterbacks has gone from a logjam to an extremely thin squad after the departure of Baker Mayfield, Michael Brewer, Clayton Nicholas and several walk-ons.

That leaves Davis Webb and incoming freshman quarterback Patrick Mahomes as the two quarterbacks on the Red Raiders roster. Mahomes is a great talent, and excelled at the high school level both through the air and on his feet, but as we all know, true freshmen make mistakes; even Webb did.

If there was ever a time where the Red Raiders couldn’t afford an injury, its at the quarterback position this Fall. Webb has the tools to become an all-time great at Texas Tech, but he will need to learn to slide, avoid big hits and keep himself protected this year if Tech wants to improve from 2013. If he doesn’t protect himself and the offensive line allows more sacks than Kingsbury expects, Tech may be in for a rough year.

What are your thoughts? Should the Red Raiders be concerned about the quarterback depth chart? Can Webb stay off the ground and upright throughout the 2014 season?




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