Much has changed for Webb
Davis Webb’s situation has changed immensely in the several weeks since the 2014 football season ended. The Texas Tech sophomore goes into spring as the unquestioned No. 1 quarterback with the mid-term transfers of Baker Mayfield, Michael Brewer and Clayton Nicholas. He’s got a shorter haircut and is carrying 210 pounds on his 6-foot-4 frame.
And he’s being noticed a lot more after throwing four touchdown passes in the Red Raiders’ first four offensive series of the Holiday Bowl.
“So far, I’ve gotten stopped at every single dinner,” Webb said Tuesday after the first session of spring practice. “So that kind of got me a little more publicity, I guess. I don’t’ want that to be the highlight of my Texas Tech career. The Holiday Bowl championship is awesome, being the (offensive) MVP, but I want more than that.”
After spending virtually the entire summer and fall in a week-to-week competition with Mayfield and Brewer, Webb now has only walk-ons Tanner Tausch and Mike Richardson alongside him at quarterback during spring workouts.
Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury has said Webb’s constant will to improve and compete eliminates any concern about having no one to push him for the No. 1 spot.
“I might not have guys breathing down my neck competing for a job,” Webb said, “but I’m treating it like that. Today I was getting mad at myself every couple of throws, and coach Kingsbury’s really hard on me, which is great because he wants me to be really good.”
In 2014, Webb has traded one kind of pressure – competing for the spot – with the pressure that much of the team’s success will depend on him.
Kingsbury said he won’t coach Webb any differently.
“He knows what I expect,” Kingsbury said, “and I’ve said all along he’s very self-motivated and wants to be really, really good. So that makes it easy on me. If anything, it’s just brought us closer.”
Two of Kingsbury’s objectives for Webb are to eliminate what Kingsbury recently termed “game-losing mistakes” and gain weight and strength. Webb has taken some strides in that direction.
He said he plunged from 212 pounds last summer to less than 170 after getting sick before preseason practice started. He recovered to be about 195 during the season and is up 15 pounds from there. His target weight is 220 by August.