Webb Stepping Up

Michael Brewer is battling a back injury right now and Davis Webb is stepping up.


That was the simple answer when Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury was asked on Friday night if he would be comfortable with freshman quarterback Davis Webb starting for Tech against SMU in three weeks.

Webb starting the game against SMU might be becoming more of a reality as sophomore quarterback Michael Brewer has been dealing with a back injury lately that has kept him sidelined.

"We're meshing well with Davis," Tech wide receiver Jakeem Grant said. "He's been here consistently. We haven't had a chance to do it with Brewer because he's been out. He has a back injury but hopefully he can get back in and get right back on it. As of right now Davis is stepping and taking over and showing us what he can do."

Davis, who is right out of Prosper High School where he graduated from less than a year ago, has quickly elevated himself to being a possible option at quarterback this season for the Red Raiders.

In the spring Davis wowed some people with his arm strength and mobility on the field as a freshman.

Of course there were some mistakes made by Davis during the spring game including an interception he threw off his back foot.

But since then Kingsbury said the young gunslinger has come a long way and improved his presence on the field.

"Really well," Kingsbury said about Davis' progress. "Just picked right off where he left in the spring and has stepped in and done a good job moving the football, taking care of the ball.  A lot better than he did this spring, so that's exciting."

It is apparent that Davis has earned the respect and attention of the coaching staff, which in the end makes the call on who starts on August 30, but he has also opened the eyes of some of his teammates.

Grant, who is entering his second season with the Red Raiders, said Davis has grown up a lot and is not afraid to step up on the field and because of this you wouldn't be able to tell that Davis has only been on campus since January.

"Davis Webb he's a young guy but he steps up," Grant said. "Be a leader like he's been four years already. He tells me what I do wrong, like sometimes I get the routes wrong and he steps up and he gets on my butt and tells me you didn't run the right depth and he does that to all the receivers.  He steps up, he shows everybody he could be the starting quarterback here."

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