Editor’s note: Texas Tech football coach Kliff Kingsbury doesn’t let freshmen do media interviews, so even though Davis Webb was one of the Red Raiders’ most prominent players last season, few outside the team knew what he was thinking until his post-game interview at the Holiday Bowl when he was the game’s offensive MVP. Now that he’s a sophomore, Webb’s free to speak up. Tech beat writer Don Williams sat down with Webb recently for a conversation about a wide range of topics covering last season and the one to come.
A-J: Kliff Kingsbury has said and Sonny Cumbie has said you eat, drink and sleep football. They say that’s all you talk about. Do you even have any hobbies outside of football?
Webb: Oh, yeah. I’ve got plenty. I’m a big movie guy and I like other sports. I’d probably say hockey’s my favorite sport, over football honestly, to watch.
A-J: So you watch the Dallas Stars?
Webb: Oh, yeah. ... But I like all sports. I guess I’m around football all the time because my dad was a coach, and when I got back home at the dinner table, we’d talk about football. I grew up with it and I have so many high school coaches that mentored me throughout the years. I want to be a coach later in life, a college coach, so I guess that’s why.
But I’m a big movie guy, hang out with friends. I’m not a big hunter or anything like that. Just movies and hang out.
And golf. I’m a big golf guy.
A-J: A good golfer or you just like to play?
Webb: Yeah. Pretty good. 80s.
I’ve only been playing for six months, eight months. I think it’s a credit to when I played hockey when I was a little kid.
A-J: You played hockey?
Webb: Yeah, since I was 4. I skated when I was 2 or 3. It’s huge in Dallas. That’s probably why I’m OK at golf.
A-J: You played on organized teams in hockey from age when to when?
Webb: Probably 5 to 15, 16.
A-J: And what position?
Webb: Center. I was a goal scorer.
A-J: You were a playmaker and goal scorer. So is Mike Modano your — ?
Webb: That’s my favorite athlete. Him and Tom Brady, my favorite athletes.
A-J: Being from the Metroplex, did you ever get a chance to meet him?
Webb: I’ve seen him practice and everything, because they practice in Frisco now. I’ve seen Modano practice. And actually, before the games, whenever they have the national anthem, they have a little Dallas Stars skater, a kid, come out and do the national anthem next to the players, so I’m on the ice. I was next to Mike Modano, so I talked to him.
A-J: That was when you were how old?
Webb: 10, 12. ... I got to stand next to him. That was pretty cool.
A-J: So your team members were all — ?
Webb: No, just me. I was the only one. I was the star of the game or whatever, so I got to go out there. It was cool.
A-J: If you were able to have your name on the Stanley Cup or — if they did it this way — the Lombardi Trophy one of these days, it would be?
Webb: Stanley Cup. Stanley Cup would be way cooler. That’s the best trophy in sports, I think.
A-J: (Tech offensive lineman Trey Keenan was a standout hockey player.) Have you ever talked to Trey Keenan about it?
Webb: Yeah, he’s big-time. I’ve even played him. I’ve played him a couple of times, actually. We played up. Our team, we were pretty good. Our team was. We’d always play them and they were really good. He was a really good player. He was big.
A-J: He was a defenseman, right?
Webb: Yeah. Yeah. He could hit. He’d hit everybody. He was good.
A-J: How did you take up golf? How did you get into that?
Webb: Me and (roommate) Jace (Amaro, former Tech tight end), we kind of talked. We were trying to think about things we had never done before. We were trying to think of new hobbies to kind of get away from football, I guess, and we came up with, really, three. It was play the guitar, learn how to do that. Golf. Or the other one was ... I forget what the other one was. So we decided golf. Try to be the next Tiger Woods. We’ve got a long way to go.
A-J: How many times have you played? How many times have you been to the course?
Webb: Oh, a lot. Yeah.
A-J: Does Kliff know this?
Webb: Yeah. He knows. I think he knows I play a lot of golf.
It’s better than playing basketball and hurting yourself or something. So you’ve got to find other ways to be competitive.
A-J: But you still get your film study in.
Webb: Oh, yeah. I’ll still talk about football on the golf course. I’ll still think about practice on the golf course.
Coming Monday: Webb weighs in on his preparation routine, Kliff Kingsbury’s objectives for him and strides he made during the spring.
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