LUBBOCK - There is a quarterback controversy in Lubbock and two true freshman are at the center of it.
Walk-on Baker Mayfield and highly recruited prospect Davis Webb have been battling for the starting role since sophomore Michael Brewer went down with a back injury.
Texas Tech Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury said the quarterback position will improve.
"You get a win with two true freshman quarterbacks and made some good plays and made some bad plays," Kingsbury said. "And that's what you get early on, but we'll continue to get better there."
Don't forget that Brewer was battling Webb prior to the injury, but it seemed like Mayfield came in overnight.
Now Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury has found himself in a position with three quarterbacks fighting for one spot for the next three seasons.
"Davis came in and played OK," Kingsbury said. "Baker played OK. We've gotta get better at that position overall. I told them both they're probably both going to play for the rest of the year."
In Tech's 33-7 victory over Texas State Saturday, Mayfield went 12-for-17 for 117 yards in the first quarter, but was unsuccessful in getting into the end zone. Mayfield led two red zone drives during the first half, but was taken out with a 10-0 lead. The touchdown came in the second quarter when Kerry Hyder forced a fumble with Will Smith scooping and scoring.
Webb started after Tech's defense scored on the fumble and forced a three-and-out. The offense finished the first half without a touchdown.
Texas State came out in the second half and scored a touchdown on its first drive. The Bobcats would successfully execute an onside kick with the exception that the ball was touched prior to crossing 10 yards. Tech took over at the Bobcat 44 and Webb would lead the team on a touchdown drive in five plays.
Webb tossed his second touchdown pass in the fourth quarter when junior wide receiver Bradley Marquez ran a post route to the back of the end zone. Marquez said the controversy is something the team is used to.
"It's a little different," Marquez said. "They both have their strengths and their weaknesses and their unique styles and the way the ball comes out, so it's just something we're used to."
Webb finished the night 19-of-43 with 310 yards and two touchdowns passing.
Mayfield is the more accurate passer with a 66 percent completion rate this season. He completed 14-of-20 passes Saturday for 124 yards and an interception. Webb currently sports a 51 percent completion rate with 86 fewer passing attempts.
Webb is a strong player though, who evaded a few sacks against Texas State. Kingsbury said he has the ability to extend plays.
"He's a big kid," Kingsbury said. "He really worked at it and we need to put some weight on him, but he had a great summer and a great offseason. He's hard to get down, so hopefully that can continue where he is still extending plays.
The controversy continues, but Bradley Marquez said it's just like practice.
"It's not too big," Marquez said. "They pretty much split the reps in practice too."
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