Most indispensable player: Texas Tech

Since last week, we’ve been examining the most indispensable player for every team in the Big 12. In other words, who is the player each team could least afford to lose to injury?

We’re knocking on wood before we turn in these posts, so no need to worry about a jinx.

We continue with the Texas Tech Red Raiders.

Most indispensable player: Quarterback Davis Webb

Why Texas Tech can’t afford to lose him: The Red Raiders' hopes for success are sitting on Webb’s shoulders. Several other players -- including tackle Le'Raven Clark and all-purpose standout Kenny Williams -- deserved consideration, but the loss of Webb would create a major obstacle between Kliff Kingsbury's squad and success.

If he stays healthy and starts every game, Webb should secure his spot among the Big 12’s top quarterbacks for the second straight season. Webb was outstanding as a true freshman, joining Baylor’s Bryce Petty (85.2) and Oklahoma State’s Clint Chelf (83.8) as the only Big 12 quarterbacks with a Adjusted QBR above 70 in Big 12 games at 81.1.

To top it all off, he looked even better during the spring with his spot as “the man” in the Red Raiders’ offense, capping his spring with a four-touchdown performance in the spring game. Heading into his sophomore season, Webb is accurate, takes care of the football and continues to improve, making him one of the Big 12's most valuable players.

If he’s out of the equation, Tech’s hopes for success take a major hit. Not only because Kingsbury’s squad is set to have a true freshman, Patrick Mahomes, as its No. 2 quarterback, but because Webb’s stellar play would be difficult to mimic for any signal-caller.