Texas Tech coaches acknowledged that junior Seth Doege (DAY-gui) was the clubhouse leader in the quarterback race to begin spring practice, and he kept his distance from the competition in the first scrimmage of the spring.
The Red Raiders took to the field on Saturday and Doege impressed his coaches.
The junior completed 17 of 26 passes for 246 yards and three touchdowns with an interception.
"He threw the ball pretty well and made good decisions,” coach Tommy Tuberville told reporters. "We’re expecting a lot from him. I think a lot of people are. You’ve got to remember he hasn’t played in a long time, as consistent as what he’ll play."
Doege missed his final two seasons of high school football with injuries and has one start in three seasons at Texas Tech.
"I intentionally put him against the wind just to see how he would handle it," Tuberville said, "and he did well."
The coaches may be touting Doege as the leader with what they're saying, but they're proving it on the field, too. The division of reps in scrimmages like these can give anyone a good feel for how the quarterback race is shaking out.
Doege threw 26 passes and sophomore Jacob Karam threw just 17, completing eight for 116 and two touchdowns with a pair of fumbles.
Quarterbacks Scotty Young and Michael Brewer threw just 11 and seven passes, respectively.
Doege has a chance to grab a pretty good hold on the job by spring's end and spend the summer emerging as one of the team's leaders on and off the field in offseason voluntary workouts. He could be well on his way to doing exactly that if he continues playing like this on the most important days of spring practice.