Texas Tech quarterback Davis Webb and right guard Le’Raven Clark found themselves in the national spotlight yesterday as both received preseason recognition just two weeks out from the start of the 2014 season.
Webb, a sophomore set to lead the Red Raider’s offense this year, was named to the Manning Award preseason watch list, the only quarterback award to consider bowl performances in its balloting. He’s the fourth Texas Tech quarterback in the last six years to make the watch list, including Seth Doege, Taylor Potts and Graham Harrell.
He’s also been named a preseason Heisman dark-horse contender by ESPN’s Big 12 blog, based primarily on his impressive freshman campaign. In 2013, Webb led the Red Raiders in passing yards (2718) and passing touchdowns (20) with just five starts. Among returning Big 12 quarterbacks, only Baylor’s Bryce Petty is more efficient.
Clark, a junior who’s arguably one of the most talented offensive linemen in the country, has been named a second team preseason All-American by USA Today, in addition to being a preseason First Team All-Big 12 selection and Lombardi and Outland Award watch lister.
Both Webb and Clark will be major keys to Texas Tech’s success this season, particularly on offense. Combine their talents with a stable of quick receivers and a deep offensive line and a special season could be brewing in Lubbock, Texas.