by Ryan Medellin
Last season Texas Tech sophomore quarterback Davis Webb found himself in a three-way battle to decide who would be the new face behind center. After some growing pains along the way, Webb eventually claimed the job and had a monster bowl game winning Offensive MVP honors along the way.
Now, a year later, things have definitely changed. Baker Mayfield elected to transfer to Big 12 rival Oklahoma and Michael Brewer is now on the depth chart at Virginia Tech. Webb now finds himself in a position to be the guy to lead the new generation of Tech football and has embraced it to the fullest extent.
“It has been a huge positive for me I like this a lot," Webb said.
Despite being a sophomore, Webb realized he needed to be a leader even if it meant letting older teammates know what he expects, and what needs to happen.
With the realization he was the new leader, he knew his voice needed to be heard.
“I wanted to make sure this was my team," he said. "This is how I’m going to do it; I’m going to show everybody what kind of potential this team has.”
Webb not only was heard with his voice but with his on field play as well. During the National Holiday Bowl, Webb solidified Kingsbury’s decision in making him the next starter after he completed 28 of his 41 attempts for 403 yards.
Despite being one of his strongest performances, Webb knows he will have to put up similar numbers on a weekly basis in order to be successful for the 2014 season. Something he said can be done with attention to detail and proper preparation.
“Honestly as much film as you watch you’re going to pick stuff up but Coach Kingsbury does an excellent job preparing each and every one of us quarterbacks so I’m not really worried about being crazy over prepared, but I have an iPad and I watch film at night and ill be the most prepared quarterback every Saturday," he said.
Coach Kliff Kingsbury has not wavered any confidence in the sophomore quarterback and gives him what he wants to see out of the offense, but trusts Webb to make checks and audible as needed.
Webb admits it is a move most coaches wont make but that it is a blessing to have Kingsbury on the sidelines.
Speed has been a word tossed around quite a bit in the offseason and Webb said he is ready to utilize the newly-acquired speed in the best way possible to get all 65,000 fans at Jones Stadium on their feet going wild.
Webb, being from Prosper, Texas has the honor of playing in his home state and with the home schedule he has to look forward to with a sold out crowd, he is more than ready to get things going.
“Having games like Arkansas and Texas and Oklahoma and all these big upsets waiting to happen, so I think we're pretty hungry for that," Webb said.
Texas Tech was recently picked 6th in the Big 12 preseason polls and with all the outrage from the fans, Webb has been able to remain calm and know preseason polls don’t see the inside of a teams effort.
“They don’t really see how hard the Texas Tech Football team is working and they don’t really see how much different this team is," he said.
Despite finding himself in an underdog position, Webb has done the things need to be done for Tech to have a successful season so far. Whether it is gaining the weight needed to be a force on the field, or taking the time to study and prepare off the field, Webb has big plans for the legacy he wants to leave for the Red Raiders.
“I want to be the best quarterback to ever play here. I go in that facility every single day and see the banner of quarterback jerseys and I see coach Kingsbury’s and Cody Hodges’ , Sonny Combie’s, and Graham Harrell’s, and B.J. Simmons' and guys like that and I want to be that kind of guy,” he said.