Mahomes throws five touchdown passes in Texas Tech's first intrasquad scrimmage

Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury’s success with freshman quarterbacks has made him supremely confident about his ability to rapidly develop candidates at that position.

Maybe Patrick Mahomes will be the latest.

Kingsbury said the freshman signee from Whitehouse threw five touchdown passes Sunday in the team’s first intrasquad scrimmage.

“He doesn’t know the system yet,” Kingsbury said, “but his natural ability can get him out of some things. He did a good job extending plays and leading the offense on drives.”

Kingsbury said coaches want to play Mahomes “as much as we can get him in the games.”

The scrimmage was closed to the public and media, and Kingsbury made the comments Tuesday at the team’s first availability to the media since last week.

In three of the last four years, Kingsbury’s teams have had a freshman or freshmen primarily at quarterback: David Piland in 2010 at Houston, Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel in 2012 at Texas A&M and Baker Mayfield and Davis Webb, who combined for more than 5,000 passing yards last year with Tech.

The 6-foot-2, 212-pound Mahomes was Webb’s top backup the moment he arrived, because they are the only two scholarship quarterbacks on the team.

 

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