The Texas Tech Red Raiders head coach, Kliff Kingsbury, is still in the honeymoon phase at his alma mater. Right now, any mistakes he makes are deemed minor, or excusable.
Except for the mistake he has made at quarterback.
I’m not saying Davis Webb is a bad quarterback. He is probably one of the top three in the Big 12 conference. Webb has looked great in spring practice. He has a complete grasp of the Red Raider offense.
The problem is the depth behind Davis, or more importantly, the lack of depth behind him. Following the transfers of Baker Mayfield and Michael Brewer, Texas Tech has no scholarship signal callers on the roster.
That’s right, none. Zero. Zilch.
The Red Raiders should have signee Patrick Mahomes join the team this fall. That is if Mahomes doesn’t get drafted by a MLB team and leaves the program for the diamond.
Mahomes is a pitcher for his Whitehouse High School team. He recently threw a no-hitter, striking out 16 batters. The East Texas Sports Network has his fastball clocked between 92 and 95 mph. Baseball scouts love young arms with that kind of velocity. The lure of a big signing bonus could be too much for Mahomes to pass up. If he is drafted in the early rounds, his major league team likely will not allow him to play college football like many low-round draft picks have been allowed to do.
Even if Mahomes enrolls in the fall and suits up, he will have had limited exposure to the offense. And this poses a problem should Webb go down with an injury. This is a legitimate concern. Webb is listed at 6-foot-4 and 195 pounds. Word is he has bulked up some over the offseason. But, no matter how strong you are, football is a dangerous game. Players do get injured. Webb missed two games last season with an injury – both Red Raider losses.
Why didn’t Kingsbury at least bring in a junior college quarterback to serve as the backup? Maybe go after some Division-I quarterbacks with eligibility left?
There is nothing wrong with going all in on a player. Kingsbury would not be the first coach to sink or swim with his preferred signal caller. I just question how a Division-I coach can ignore adding depth to the most important position on the team.
If Kingsbury isn’t careful, the honeymoon could be over faster than he knows it.