Before the 2011 season kicked off, Seth Doege was the quarterback that would be taking the snaps for the Red Raiders this season as the full-time starter.
That was all people knew at that point.
There had been some glimpses of him in action before this season, but those were limited and not enough to really judge on how he would be as a starter for a high-octane offense like Texas Tech.
Now seven weeks in, and five wins later including an upset win over then-No.3/1 Oklahoma in Norman; Doege's name is starting to be thrown around with Texas Tech royalty getting compared to former gunslingers like Graham Harrell.
"No, I don't really worry about all that stuff," Doege said in Monday's press conference about getting recognition. "I approach every week the same and I prepare every week the same. So it's working out for me right now, and I'm not going to change anything the way I do."
If there is anything that fans, teammates and coaching staff want to see Doege continues to do this season, is exactly what he's done since game one.
Coming into his first season as the starter for the Red Raiders, following two seasons of being in the shadows of Taylor Potts and Steven Sheffield, no one knew what Doege would be able to considering he hadn't played started at quarterback since high school.
This season Doege has proven himself not only as a quality quarterback, but also a natural leader of the team.
Having someone that is as confident at his position like Doege is nice, Tech wide receiver Alex Torres said, and he drives the rest of the team to give their best every game including himself at wideout.
"There are things that he does that are unique. He brings that sense of
leadership and accomplishment and that kind of desire to succeed, it really just
feeds off into everyone else," he said. "One thing that I was talking about
with a couple of other players, he brings that and he knows he's not going to
let you down, you can't help but feeling the same way.
"Letting him down is probably one of the most disappointing things I can do, because I know he's not going to do that for me."
Torres has not been letting his friend and teammate down in the past three games as the El Paso native has came close to recording his third consecutive 100-yard receiving game in the 41-38 win against Oklahoma.
Doege has been able to pass it around well this season, hitting 19 different receivers this season, en route to throwing for 2,608 yards, averaging 414. 8 yards per game, which ranks best in the Big 12. And thus far Doege has thrown for 22 touchdowns and just four interceptions, three coming in one outing against Kansas State.
Another area that Doege has strived in is his accuracy as so far he is 238 – for- 342 giving him a completion percentage of 69.6 percent.
Having a weapon like this especially at the quarterback position is never a bad thing, and Texas Tech head coach Tommy Tuberville in his days at Miaim has seen his share of great quarterbacks, including two Heisman Trophy winners – Gino Toretta and Vinny Testaverde at the University of Miami – but has never seen a quarterback improve like Doege has in his years of coaching.
"Seth is probably the most accurate guy I've seen," he said. "It's not just throw occurrences, but most of the time it's close to being exactly where you need to throw it. It's not always going to be perfect, never will be as much as we throw the ball. But it's hard to compare him with anybody."
When it comes to being recognized Doege's name has started to float around being named the Walter Camp Offensive National Player of the Week, Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season, which is the first time since Harrell that a Red Raider has received that award multiple times in the same season.
On Monday Doege was announced as one of 16 semifinalists for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award, joining four other Big 12 quarterbacks to be on that list as well.
Probably the only award that Doege's name hasn't been at least beginning to be considered for is the elusive Heisman Trophy.
Of course in the 76 years of the Heisman Trophy being awarded a Red Raider has never lifted the hardware.
The closest a Texas Tech player has gotten in recent history was Michael Crabtree in 2008 following a stellar season, including one of the most memorable catches in Tech history.
If Doege continues his play, and the Red Raiders continue to win, his name might begin to make its way onto that list for consideration, but Tuberville said they are not trying to put any more pressure on Doege than there already is.
"There's not a better one in the country. I mean, look what he's done to this point. But you've got to do it over a long period of time, and we don't want to put that on him," he said. "There are a lot of guys out there, Andrew Luck. He knows all of them. He went to the Manning Camp this year with me. He was able to meet all those guys and talk with them, all the quarterbacks. I think that was a great learning experience for him to learn how they talk to guys and how they handle themselves."I think if he keeps working and doing good, he'll get all the recognition he's going to want."
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