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Quarterback Michael Brewer announced his plans to transfer from Texas Tech on Wednesday, leaving Davis Webb as the lone Red Raiders signal-caller with any game experience to return for the 2014 season.
Webb seemingly cemented his hold on the starting quarterback job during TTU’s 37-23 win over Arizona State in the National University Holiday Bowl. He was 28-of-41 for 403 yards and four touchdowns, tying a Holiday Bowl record in the Red Raiders’ upset of the Sun Devils. The true freshman looked confident and efficient in the bowl game, showing he had continued to grow and develop during his first season in Lubbock. Webb finished the season 226-of-361 for 2,718 yards with 20 touchdowns and nine interceptions and his 82.6 adjusted QBR was third in the Big 12 behind Baylor’s Bryce Petty and Oklahoma State’s Clint Chelf.
While it’s good news for Webb, Brewer’s decision is not ideal for Texas Tech. The Red Raiders opened fall camp with a three-headed quarterback competition last August. Now Brewer joins Baker Mayfield as TTU quarterbacks who chose to transfer after the season despite taking snaps for Kliff Kingsbury’s squad in 2013. Thus, Webb will have minimal competition in the spring with walk-on quarterback Collin Bowen as the only other quarterback on the roster.
And lack of competition is never a good thing, particularly for young players. Webb, with Kingsbury’s help, will have to push himself to continue to develop, but part of the reason TTU was able to finish second nationally in passing yards was the competition in 2013. Those three pushed each other to greater heights than they likely would have reached on their own and the Red Raiders posted a surprising 8-5 record in the process.
Moving forward, Whitehouse (Texas) quarterback Patrick Mahomes is the Red Raiders’ lone quarterback commitment and is set to join Webb and Bowen on the roster in 2014. Even if they think the three-star prospect will adapt quickly to the level of play required in the Big 12, Kingsbury and Co. undoubtedly will try to sign another quarterback in this recruiting class with their quarterback numbers again taking a hit.