Life has changed tremendously for Texas Tech quarterback Davis Webb.
Last spring, he was a bright-eyed true freshman experiencing spring football for the first time. This spring, the Red Raiders’ offensive future rests upon his shoulders.
The lone scholarship quarterback on campus, Texas Tech’s future could rest on Webb’s approach to the spring. For the first time in his Red Raiders’ career, the sophomore will have nobody competing with him for playing time, so his will to be great could determine his overall development as a quarterback. The Red Raiders began spring drills last week with Webb, alongside walk-on quarterbacks Tanner Tausch and Mike Richardson after Baker Mayfield's transfer to Oklahoma and Michael Brewer's decision to transfer to Virginia Tech.
“I might not have guys breathing down my neck competing for a job, but I’m treating it like that,” Webb told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.
The Red Raiders better hope so.
Webb is coming off a stellar first season in which he ranked among the Big 12’s best in Adjusted QBR (82.6, third in Big 12), passing yards (2,718, second in Big 12) and completion percentage (62.6, second in Big 12). He started six games, including his Holiday Bowl MVP performance in Tech’s 37-23 win over Arizona State so he has plenty of game experience and should handle everything as a veteran.
Even though Webb appears to have the starting spot in hand, he still needs to continue to develop if TTU hopes to make a Big 12 title run in 2014. His strong individual performance as a true freshman resulted in only a .500 record as a starter, with wins over ASU, Iowa State, West Virginia and losses to Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Kansas State.
Webb’s development this spring is critical to the Red Raiders’ future success, and it won’t happen unless the sophomore pushes himself to excellence. Davis’ 403 passing yards and four touchdowns against the Sun Devils was a glimpse of his potential, and his goal is to consistently mimic that performance in the future.
“I don’t want that to be the highlight of my Texas Tech career,” Webb told the LAJ. “The Holiday Bowl championship is awesome, but I want more than that.”
Those words should be music to the Red Raiders' ears.