MIDLAND — Texas Tech fans might have gotten a jolt watching true freshman quarterback Davis Webb trot out to take the first series with the first team. That’s what Michael Brewer has seen every other day in spring practice, so the guy most expect to be the Red Raiders’ starting quarterback played as if it were no big deal.
Brewer threw three touchdown passes and led three other scoring drives Saturday in the team’s first open scrimmage of spring football, a road-trip affair that drew 7,136 to Grande Communications Stadium.
Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said no one should read anything into Webb going with the first team Saturday. However, he acknowledged the battle for the job is between Brewer, Seth Doege’s backup last year, and Webb, who has overtaken redshirt freshman Clayton Nicholas, senior squadman Brant Costilla and sophomore Dustin Walton.
“We’ve been switching off every day,” Brewer said. “One day, I’ll go with the ones, the next day I’ll go with the twos, and we just kind of flipflop throughout the day.
“A quarterback competition obviously worked for Coach Kingsbury over at A&M. It motivates all the quarterbacks to work harder. I’m using it as a positive tool and just using it to fuel my fire and get better.”
Brewer completed 20 of 32 for 203 yards, even with a stretch of four incomplete passes in a row.
Brewer’s scoring passes went to flanker Shawn Corker, inside receiver Aaron Fisher and tight end Jace Amaro. He also was in on series that featured touchdown runs by DeAndre Washington and Quinton White and a Kramer Fyfe field goal.
Webb, who graduated at mid-term from Prosper High School and enrolled at Tech in January, went 14 of 30 for 102 yards. He threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to redshirt freshman flanker Reginald Davis and the only interception of the scrimmage — on the last play — that safety Tre Porter returned 35 yards.
Kingsbury said he hasn’t seen enough practices to know whether Brewer or Webb is better, but he likes both.
“I thought they did OK,” Kingsbury said. “For their first time playing in front of the crowd, I thought they handled the offense well. Davis probably would like that last one back, but he’s come a long way and Brewer did a good job getting the ball in the end zone. So I was pleased with both of them.”
The scrimmage ran 95 plays in 80-plus-degree temperatures. That being the case, and considering the Red Raiders’ new defensive coaches sent some of the blitzes they’ve been touting, the offensive line held up.
The unit’s been thin all spring, and was again Saturday with tackle Rashad Fortenberry and guard Alfredo Morales on the sideline. Fortenberry has a sprained ankle, and coaches are being careful with Morales coming back from offseason shoulder surgery.
“I thought the offensive line did a good job playing with about seven guys today,” Brewer said. “With this heat and how we play, with the speed, it’s tough for those big guys to do that. I thought they battled through it and picked up the defenses well.”
Though Webb is 6-foot-4, he had passes batted away at the line of scrimmage by end Pete Robertson, safety Tre Porter and linebacker Chris Payne.
“I think it was a good job by the defense getting a push up front, and they got their hands up,” Kingsbury said. “(Defensive line) coach (John) Scott has done a good job teaching that. These teams get the ball out quick. That’s one of the weapons is get your hands up and get to them quick.”
Brewer led the Red Raiders to touchdowns on five of his first six series. On his first possession, Brewer saw the corners press, no safety over the top and checked into a go route. Wide receiver Shawn Corker ran under a 35-yard touchdown pass that had Kingsbury sprinting down the sideline to body bump with Corker in celebration.
Brewer said that was an example of making a good decision in Kingsbury’s system.
“Getting us into the right plays, that’s really what makes this offense go,” he said. “Coach Kingsbury puts all the power in the quarterback’s hands. He expects us to get in the right play. I thought we did a good job today of getting out of bad plays and getting us into good situations. It’s a work in progress, but we’ll get there.”
TEXAS TECH SCRIMMAGE
Corker 35 pass from Brewer
Washington 40 run
White 10 run
White 3 run
Fisher 3 pass from Brewer
Amaro 17 pass from Brewer
Davis 5 pass from Webb
FG Fyfe 37
RUSHING: White 13-56, Washington 4-41, Foster 2-7, Webb 2-7, Brewer 4-5, Talbott 1-(-3).
PASSING: Brewer 20-32-0—203; Webb 14-30-1—102.
RECEIVING: Fisher 7-45, Grant 6-32, Amaro 5-55, Pearson 5-43, Davis 3-39, Williams 2-7, Corker 1-35, Wheeler 1-24, White 1-14, Edwards 1-7, Foster 1-2, Talbott 1-2.
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