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Davis Webb is a Dark Horse Heisman Contender for Texas Tech Football in 2014

Davis Webb Texas Tech

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

QB Davis Webb may have started only six games for the Texas Tech Red Raiders as a freshman last year, but he enters the 2014 season as the clear starter and one of the top quarterbacks in the Big 12. The 2013 campaign was a year-long competition at quarterback and the two who Webb beat out, Baker Mayfield and Michael Brewer, both transferred to Power Five schools. Mayfield ended up with the Oklahoma Sooners and Brewer should start for the Virginia Tech Hokies this season.

With the opportunity to start every game in 2014, Webb should put up some huge numbers in Texas Tech’s offense.

While throwing for 2,718 yards and 20 touchdowns last year, Webb broke a number of Texas Tech and Big 12 records for freshmen quarterbacks. He also finished third in the Big 12 (and No. 17 nationally) in ESPN’s adjusted quarterback ratings, behind only Bryce Petty from the Baylor Bears and Clint Chelf from the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

Webb will need a couple receivers to step up this year, following the departures of Eric Ward and Jace Amaro. But nobody reloads at wide receiver from year to year quite like the Red Raiders do.

The real trouble for Webb will be winning enough games. The Red Raiders’ defense has some issues to work out and it could keep them from being a serious player in the Big 12 championship race, particularly with Baylor and Oklahoma both looking like national title contenders.

The Red Raiders will have to find a way to at least compete for a conference title in 2014, or Webb may not even be discussed for the Heisman. But if Webb can carry the Red Raiders to a 10-win regular season, and enter the showdown with Baylor in the final week still in the hunt for a Big 12 title, he might just land an invite to New York City at season’s end.

Dan Kelley covers Big 12 football for RantSports.com. You can follow him on Twitter @DKelley_CFB or “Like” him on Facebook.