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Red Raiders football notebook: Much has changed for Webb

Much has changed for Webb

Posted: March 5, 2014 - 10:57pm  |  Updated: March 6, 2014 - 1:16am
Texas Tech's Davis Webb(7) looks for running room between James Polk(63) and Joey White(74) during the first day of spring practice Wednesday  Stephen Spillman / AJ Media
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Texas Tech's Davis Webb(7) looks for running room between James Polk(63) and Joey White(74) during the first day of spring practice Wednesday
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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.

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I've gotten to where I find it hard to believe whatever Coach K says about his QB's. I hope Webb pans out and Mahomes shows up. I think Webb is a quality QB I mean when the previous staff recruited him he was somewhat of highly touted recruit. It's not that I don't trust the Coach I just have reservations considering how everything has transpired from last year until now. Go Tech looking forward to a better year!

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I like to think it was just a "perfect storm" with all the QB's being about the same age and experience. All but Webb couldn't handle the competition. The thing is, they're all going to have to compete no matter where they go. Kliff will get this thing going.

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