The Book on Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes

Texas Tech starting quarterback Davis Webb went down with a left shoulder injury in the second half of Texas Tech's 45-35 road loss to Oklahoma State on Thursday. The severity of Webb's injury and how long he might be out of the lineup remains unclear. With that in mind, here is the lowdown on backup Patrick Mahomes, a heralded true freshman out of Whitehouse, TX.

Facts, superlatives and stats
  • Listed by Texas Tech as 6-foot-3, 215 pounds
  • Throws right handed
  • Expected to play both football and baseball at Texas Tech
  • Named the 2013-14 MaxPreps National Male Athlete of the Year
  • 2013 Blue-Grey All-American
  • Threw for 4,619 yards, 50 touchdowns against just six interceptions and rushed for another 940 yards and 15 scores for Whitehouse as a senior in 2013
  • Named APSE Texas high school football player of the year, handed out to the best high school football player in all of Texas as voted on by sports editors across the state
  • Named APSE Class 4A first-team all-state in football as a senior
  • Named APSE Class 4A football Offensive Player of the Year
  • Led Whitehouse to its best season on the gridiron in school hitstory at 12-1 as a senior
  • Selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 37th round of the 2014 MLB Draft
  • THSBCA All-State selection and first-team All-East Texas performer at shortstop (.380, 30 RBIs, 12 doubles, 2 triples, 28 steals, 48 runs) as a junior
  • Texas Sports Writers' Association Class 4A All-State and All-East Texas performer on the diamond as a senior
  • Tossed a no-hitter, striking out 16 batters against Mount Pleasant as a senior
  • His fastball has been clocked in the mid-90's
  • Basketball all-region and district MVP honors 19.7 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 2.5 steals per game as a senior
  • All-region player on the hardwood as a junior after averaging 19.9 points, 6.7 boards, 4.0 steals, and 3.4 assists
  • Mahomes finished 2-for-5 for 20 yards with a touchdown pass and an interception in his first appearance for Texas Tech on Thursday in Stillwater. He also rushed eight times for 29 yards and was sacked twice.
  • This season Mahomes is 12 for 23 for 119 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions and he has rushed 16 times for a net of 35 yards.

Evaluations by coaches, players and journalists
"Plain and simple, Patrick Mahomes is one of the best playmakers I've ever seen. In high school, he had an uncanny ability to extend plays and make something out of nothing. His size, strength, and athleticism made him the master of slipping through arm tackles while scrambling, which often resulted in big running plays or touchdown throws to his receivers, who were great at the so-called "scramble drill." Patrick is the king of the, 'Oh, no, what is he doing--Yes! Go score!' play. Mahomes was a fiery leader who sat at the core of Whitehouse's football, baseball, and basketball teams. He was Whitehouse's best player in all three sports, easily. He willed his team to playoff wins (last year's first- and second-round victories) and regular-season comebacks (such as 2013 vs. Carthage and John Tyler). Patrick is simply one of the best competitors I've ever covered." -Scout Midlands recruiting analyst Gabe Brooks, who covered Mahomes extensively for ETSN.com prior to joining Scout

"We would play to Pat's strengths. He does some things really well. We'd make sure we're calling plays that he likes. We were in a similar situation last year with some freshman quarterbacks so we'll figure out how to get it done. He's right on par to where those kids were last year so we put him in. This offense wasn't really tailored to his strengths so we'd have to do a better job of coming up with stuff he likes and executing." -Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury after Thursday's game in Stillwater

"I feel like Pat is a great quarterback and he can come in and pick up right where Davis left off. You see that we drove right down the field and scored. It's not different (with Pat in there) because sometimes I go with Pat after practice or during one of his reps. It's just the same to me." -Texas Tech receiver Jakeem Grant after the game Thursday

"In the limited time I have been able to observe him he has looked every bit like the four-star prospect who was named AP Texas High School Player of the Year in 2013 and at other times like the true freshman he is. His release is quicker than I anticipated with his unorthodox delivery and he stands taller in the pocket than I would have imagined. Some of the coaches remarked about his ability to run around and create extra time with his legs. I have yet to see this for myself as he has worked exclusively from the pocket in the small sample I have observed. Arm strength is not a problem. I witnessed him draw coach Kliff Kingsbury's ire once for a delay in getting everyone lined up and in the right place." -My report on Mahomes during fall camp

"Patrick is just one of those special players and we're just really blessed to have him on the team. It's been really neat to watch him grow, but with that being said, we were watching film yesterday and there are still areas where he sees he can get better." -Whitehouse coach Adam Cook on Mahomes last September.

"He'll scramble around in the pocket if he has to. He'll fire the ball out quick when he has to. If he has to change his arm angle to find a way to work into a receiver, he will.He just comes up with unorthodox ways to produce and that's something that you have to like from a playmaking standpoint." -Scout.com national recruiting analyst Greg Powers' analysis of Mahomes after witnessing him amass over 650 yards and seven scores in his final high school game.






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