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. 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: When do you watch tape as far as the on-your-own time? I know when you do it as a team, but the extra time that you spend.
Webb: I have an iPad and we have this app. It’s a DVS sports app and it allows you to ... I give it to our film guy named Chris. He puts the film (in) immediately after practice, probably 10 or 15 minutes after practice ends and the same on game day. Probably 10 minutes after the game ends, I have the film — every single play, cut-ups and tags of the plays on my iPad. As soon as I get that, I watch that two or three times before I go to bed. Then I continue to watch it throughout the week.
A-J: So you can sit down at the dinner table and — ?
Webb: Yeah. I’ve done it before. Yeah.
A-J: And it never gets old. You’re always looking for ... .
Webb: Yeah. You can find anything.
A-J: Last year, particularly early — and Kliff Kingsbury has talked about this — you occasionally would throw a pass that was — .
Webb: Yeah. Questionable. Questionable.
A-J: Like what were you seeing out there? Kliff said the one thing he wanted you to contentrate on was not committing the ‘game-losing plays.’ We saw only three open scrimmages, but it seemed like you didn’t do that this spring.
Webb: Yeah, I think I threw less than five picks the whole spring, 15 practices, which is amazing. I think it’s my most proud stat because we throw it so many times in practice, so that’s probably the biggest thing that came out of camp, the most positive thing that came out of camp.
I can remember against Oklahoma I threw a really bad pick to (cornerback) Aaron Colvin, because we had the ball inside the 50 three times in the first half and we didn’t score once. We had a field goal, I think, but that doesn’t really count to me.
(Kicker Ryan) Bustin had a lot of field goals last year.
But yeah, that was the biggest thing I tried to work on was just limiting the turnover. Because if you don’t turn the ball over, odds are you’re going to win the game. I think it’s just a lack of focus. You’ve got to focus.
We played so many plays. We played 90 to 110 plays a game. So you have a lack of focus two or three plays and it just happens those two or three plays were turnovers. So I guess focusing every play, treating it like it’s a new play. It was kind of a cliche, but every day’s a new day. When a play’s over, it’s over. If you make a good play, it’s over. That’s it. Next play. And that’s one thing I really tried to work on.
I was a big Brett Favre guy coming up when I was a kid. He threw a lot of those kind of picks, too. It worked out for him.
A-J: How do you rein yourself in, so to speak? It doesn’t seem like that would be an easy thing to do.
Webb: Uh-uh. Because we go so fast. You get so excited because you’re going so fast, it’s kind of hard to, ‘Hey, calm down. Run your offense. Go through your reads. Do what you’re coached to do.’ But as a freshman, being 18 years old, that’s hard to do.
I feel a lot more comfortable in this offense, knowing that my mind’s going slower than my body. That’s what I want. My mind was going way faster than my body last year. It was just looking around. My eyes were going crazy. You could see it on film. My head was twisting around.
I feel a lot more calm with my offensive line now and my wide receivers. I know the defense will be a lot better this year than it was last year. I feel like as a team we should be a lot better, so I feel a lot more comfortable out there.
Coming Tuesday: Webb discusses his offseason weight gain — and the sickness and weight loss that bothered him throughtout August and September last year.
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