Claremore Daily Progress


April 13, 2014

BIG 12 FOOTBALL: QB Webb has big day in Texas Tech spring game

LUBBOCK, Texas — Recently chosen as Texas Tech's undisputed starter, Davis Webb completed 25 of 37 passes for 354 yards and four touchdowns to lead the offense over the defense 37-30 in Texas Tech's spring game.

''We have a really good chance to be a really good team and we're flying under the radar,'' Webb said. ''That's what we want and there's no reason why you shouldn't expect this team to be one of the best teams that's ever played at Texas Tech.''

Through three scrimmages, Webb has scored 13 touchdowns and hasn't given up a turnover.

''That's how he's been in practice,'' coach Klif Kingsbury said. ''He's night and day from where he was last year at this time and being a vocal leader so I've been really impressed with him.''

Jakeem Grant had 5 catches for 105 yards, most of which came on a 75-yard touchdown catch as the 5-foot-6 receiver put on a show for the nearly 19,000 in attendance.

''They couldn't tackle him,'' Kingsbury said. ''He's been like that all spring and he's going to have a great year for us. I'm really proud of his maturity, not only as a player but as a person. He's picked it up academically and really made big strides.''

DeAndre Washington had seven carries for 56 yards.

The highlight on defense was a 22-yard fumble recovery returned for a touchdown by junior college transfer, safety Josh Keys. Linebacker Collin Bowen picked off Tanner Tausch, Donte Phillips blocked an extra point and Keenon Ward had five tackles.

''Going against (Webb) every day helps us,'' Ward said. ''He makes us smarter and he makes us have to play at a higher level every day. If we come out sluggish, he's going to put seven on us real quick, so I think Davis makes us better.''

NO QUESTION AT QUARTERBACK: The Red Raiders had a two-man quarterback battle for much of last season and a three-way battle at times. With both Michael Brewer (Virginia Tech) and Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma) transferred to different schools, there's no question that Davis Webb is `the guy' and he's much more polished in that role.''

STRETCHING THE FIELD: Texas Tech hasn't been lacking speed at wide receiver in recent years, but this group has the chance to be special. Webb said ''this is the fastest receiving group that I've ever known since I've watched Texas Tech football. We've got Reggie (Davis), D.J. (Polite-Bray), Jakeem (Grant), Brad (Marquez) and Devin Lauderdale, Derreck Edwards. We've got plenty of guys that can run. It's fun to see after you throw to watch them run with the ball so that's kind of fun for me.''

OFFENSIVE LINE DEPTH: The offensive line was thin last and often seen as a weakness. ''It's a completely different unit,'' Kingsbury said. ''We had seven guys we had to rotate through two groups last year, so this year we had 10 guys that we could put in there and felt good about and they're coming together. They're all back from last year so they should be much improved and we're excited about that group.''

STABLITY ON DEFENSE: For five consecutive seasons, Texas Tech had a different defensive coordinator installing an entirely different scheme. Now in his second year at Tech, Matt Wallerstedt is able to build on progress from last year, make tweaks and develop players instead of teaching a brand new scheme. ''One thing about being here now, second time through, everybody gets a chance to learn our verbiage now for the second time, get a little bit more comfortable,'' Wallerstedt said.

MORE TALENT ON ITS WAY: This summer Texas Tech is expecting to add 22 more players to its roster from the 2014 recruiting class including two offensive linemen and three defensive linemen from the junior college ranks that are expected to factor in heavily this fall. So, it's likely the starting lineup on Aug. 30 will look noticeably different. ''I think we were depending on a lot of guys coming in from that class, especially the junior college guys, so there are some guys that need to step up,'' Kingsbury said.


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