Though sophomore Michael Brewer is the heir apparent at quarterback for Texas Tech, new coach Kliff Kingsbury said there will be a competition among the candidates. That includes redshirt freshman Clayton Nicholas, true freshman Davis Webb, both of whom are scholarship quarterbacks, and senior Brant Costilla and redshirt freshman Dustin Walton, the latter a second-semester walk-on from New Mexico.
“I think it’ll be good,” Kingsbury said of the competition. “I think until you get them out there in our system and see how they react to the way we actually do things, you never know who’s going to rise up and take the lead and take it over. We’ll have a competition with equal reps and see how it shakes out.”
Spring practice starts Friday.
Brewer is the only one of the candidates who has seen significant playing time. As Seth Doege’s backup last season, Brewer played in nine games, completing 34 of 48 passes for 375 yards and four touchdowns. Costilla completed his only pass for 14 yards.
Kingsbury hasn’t had much chance to evaluate Brewer, “but he’s a very confident kid,” the coach said. “He has that aura about him, and kids seem to gravitate to him. That’s a big plus. But the other kids — Clayton and Davis — are working hard, so I’m excited to see them battle it out this spring.”