It appears Texas Tech’s quarterback competition, as expected, will extend into the fall.
Michael Brewer completed 26 of 43 passes for 282 yards and two touchdowns and Davis Webb connected on 17 of 30 attempts for 224 yards with one touchdown and one interception in Saturday’s spring game, and Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said the battle between the two is “close” at the conclusion of spring workouts.
“It’s good competition and I think that’s good for everybody,” Kingsbury said. “We’ll go through the summer, go into fall camp and get a starter named.”
From a numbers standpoint, Brewer outperformed Webb, the true freshman whose classmates at Prosper High School were preparing for their prom Saturday afternoon while he participated in the spring game.
In three scrimmages, including Saturday’s event, Brewer, the third-year sophomore, completed 62 percent of his passes for 766 yards and only one interception in 106 attempts. Webb completed 52 percent of his throws for 461 yards with two interceptions in 83 attempts.
The freshman had his fair share of ups and downs Saturday. At the start of the second quarter he was flushed to the left and, with the defense closing in, threw across his body down the field to an area that featured only defensive backs. Safety J.J. Gaines easily picked it off.
Webb atoned for the error later with the game’s biggest play, an 83-yard touchdown pass down the left side to Derreck Edwards.
“I thought they handled themselves pretty well,” Kingsbury said. “I know Davis would like that one throw back. But, shoot, he should be in high school. He’s competed well all spring. I thought Mike really did a good job moving the offense and taking care of the ball.”
Brewer got Tech’s offense on the board 27 minutes into the game when he hit Jace Amaro (11 catches, 80 yards) for a 15-yard touchdown pass up the seam. His day also included a 67-yard connection with flanker Shawn Corker and a 5-yard touchdown pass to inside receiver Jakeem Grant.
Brewer and Webb have been a clearcut top two QBs during the three scrimmages that were open to the public, with Clayton Nicholas receiving only snippets of time with other backups.
Though it appears Webb would be in line to be the No. 2 quarterback should Brewer hold onto his edge and earn the starting role, Kingsbury wouldn’t commit to an order Saturday.
Asked if he could say with certainty that Webb will play this season, Kingsbury said: “I can’t. We’ll see how it works out. Clayton did some good things in this deal, so we’ll get through summer, go to fall camp and see how it works out.”
For his part, Brewer said he likes the way Webb has pushed him this spring.
“Competition makes anybody better at any position or in any sport,” he said. “I’ve taken the approach that it’s a positive tool, and I’m using it to get better.”
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