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Kingsbury says Mayfield suffered "no structural damage" to knee, injury not season-ending

No time projection for the freshman quarterback's return

Posted: October 7, 2013 - 2:19pm  |  Updated: October 8, 2013 - 12:05am
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Texas Tech quarterback Baker Mayfield did not suffer any structural damage to his knee against Kansas on Saturday.  (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)  Orlin Wagner
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Texas Tech quarterback Baker Mayfield did not suffer any structural damage to his knee against Kansas on Saturday. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
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Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury on Monday said a medical examination found no structural damage to Baker Mayfield’s injured knee, but he offered no time projection for the freshman quarterback’s return.

“We’ve got to get him over here today and see what all he can do on it,” Kingsbury said, “but that’s about where we’re at. It doesn’t appear to be a season-ending type injury. So timetable-wise, I’m not sure yet, but that was good news.”

Mayfield was forced out of No. 20 Tech’s 54-16 victory Saturday at Kansas. A pass-rushing linebacker rolled into his lower legs, causing Mayfield’s right knee to buckle. After trainers checked him on the sideline, Mayfield went into the locker room on crutches.

He was hurt late in the third quarter with Tech up 37-10.

Kingsbury said it was too early to rule out Mayfield for this week’s game against Iowa State.

“Don’t know. Don’t know,” Kingsbury said. “We’ve got to get him over here, see how he’s moving around, see how he’s feeling and take it from there.”

The freshman from Lake Travis has started all five games. However, freshman Davis Webb has played in four games, and sophomore Michael Brewer saw action Saturday for the first time after being out two months with a back injury.

Mayfield has completed 132 of 201 passes for 1,488 yards with eight touchdowns and five interceptions. He’s run for another 119 yards and two TDs. He’s tied for 16th in the nation in total offense with Georgia’s Aaron Murray, just ahead of bigger name QBs such as Clemson’s Tajh Boyd, Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater and Florida State’s Jameis Winston.

If Mayfield’s not available this week, it could increase the urgency for Brewer to get back up to speed.

“It just depends,” Kingsbury said. “If Baker can’t go, then obviously he (Brewer) would get more reps than he’s been getting and just see how those other two guys are doing this week in practice.”

Webb has developed gradually in a backup role. In week three, he came in after Mayfield suffered a bruised thigh and threw the game-winning touchdown pass in a 20-10 victory against TCU. He played 10 series to Mayfield’s five in the fourth game of the season, a 33-7 victory against Texas State.

Against Kansas, he led the Red Raiders to 17 points in the first three series after he replaced Mayfield. He threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Eric Ward, led a drive to a field goal and threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Dylan Cantrell.

Presented with a theoretical scenario of Mayfield being unavailable this week and Brewer not quite ready to start, co-offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie said Webb would be ready.

“I think he’d be really prepared,” Cumbie said. “I think he’s a kid that, even when he wasn’t playing, prepared that way, as if he was, from a mental standpoint during practice and watching film during the week.”

Webb has thrown for 550 yards and six touchdowns, but he threw two interceptions apiece against Stephen F. Austin and Texas State. The fact he didn’t have any turnovers Saturday made his coach happy.

“He did well,” Kingsbury said. “He protected the ball well, which is what we had talked about. I thought in a couple of games he was trying to make every play and trying to hit a home run with every throw, and he really did a good job (Saturday) just running the offense while he was in there.”

Tech ranks higher in total offense (13th) than in scoring offense (19th) as the Red Raiders have struggled to turn red-zone chances into touchdowns. That’s borne out by kicker Ryan Bustin leading the nation in field goals (13), field goal attempts (15) and field goals per game (2.6).

Cumbie said, as near as he can tell, the Red Raiders have minimized the potential drawbacks of using multiple quarterbacks.

“I think if you make it an issue, it is an issue,” he said. “I know from my meeting room, my skill guys, they go out there and they run as hard as they can no matter who’s out there. They block as hard as they can. We’ve got three capable quarterbacks that are really good. We’re very fortunate to be in that situation.

“I think from an offensive standpoint, if you can get continuity from your line, you’re going to be moving the ball in the run game well and pass protection’s not an issue. Then any of those three guys can move the ball and win games.”


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Who: Texas Tech vs. Iowa State

When: 11 a.m. Saturday

Where: Jones AT&T Stadium

Records: Iowa State 1-3, 0-1 in the Big 12; Texas Tech 5-0, 2-0.

Rankings: Iowa State unranked. Texas Tech No. 20 in The Associated Press Top 25, No. 21 in the USA Today coaches poll.

Last game: Texas 31, Iowa State 30; Tech 54, Kansas 16.

Last meeting: Tech 24, Iowa State 13 last year in Ames, Iowa.

TV: Fox Sports 1 (Suddenlink Cable channel 51)

Line: Tech by 15.

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I Lost All My Bets.....

It looked terrible to me.


Go Tech.


Great News

This is great for Baker Mayfield. Even if he were to miss 5-6 weeks, essentially the rest of the regular season, he won't have to go through months of rehab wondering if he'll ever be the same.


Good news

On another note, what about Brewer? I know he had no opportunity to showcase his rehabbed back, but who is going to get the nod on Saturday?



What a surprise to see Brewer show up on the field Saturday. Too bad that he had the backup center playing during his two series of downs. Dude seemed to think that Brewer was 6' 11". Brewer never got a chance to pass because both times he found himself in 2nd and 40.


I am happy to say that my pre-season ...

projection of 7-5, 8-4 if we are really lucky, looks really ignorant, and I have never been so happy to be wrong.

With a healthy Brewer and improved o-line play, the sky is the limit in the absence of a Big 12 national powerhouse team.

I am starting to have faith in the defense, although I don't think I'll really believe it until we don't give up 40-50-60 against OU, UT, and OSU.

Guns up, powder dry !!


Some Red Raider fan has some

Some Red Raider fan has some sour apples. Nothing but positive comments and some troll dislikes them? Grow up whoever the coward is.

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