Kingsbury Sticks with Webb at Quarterback

Things have not gone according to script for Texas Tech and sophomore quarterback Davis Webb so far this season. Still, head coach Kliff Kingsbury reaffirmed his commitment to the sophomore in Monday's press conference.

Everybody in attendance for Monday's press conference knew the questions about a possible switch at quarterback were coming following sophomore starter Davis Webb's four-interception performance in a 45-13 loss, Tech's third straight, at Kansas State on Saturday.

When they did Kingsbury quickly shut it down. Kingsbury was asked if he was considering a quarterback change for the West Virginia game this Saturday. His reply?

"No I'm not."

When pressed further on why he wouldn't open the competition up between Webb and freshman backup Patrick Mahomes he reaffirmed his commitment to Webb.

"No, Davis is still learning and growing and Pat is the same way. Pat is getting better each and every week and he gets a lot of reps. So it isn't like Davis is getting all the reps and Pat isn't getting any. We give an equal amount of reps during the practice and we will continue to rep them both. Davis is our starter."

Webb finished 22-for-43 with 247 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions against Kansas State. He is now tied with three other players for throwing the fourth most interceptions in the nation this season with 10 and is just one off the pace for the most.

Webb has consistently forced passes this season when receiverS weren't open and other times has just been inaccurate.

"Yeah, that's another thing I noticed is I put too much pressure on myself when things aren't going right and guys aren't getting open as much as they usually do or we aren't running the ball as we usually do," Webb said Monday. "I put the pressure on myself and say, we've got to make a better play and force this, instead of just calming down and let our guys make the plays. They're Division I athletes, too. I know how good our receivers are. Instead of just letting them play and do the routines and go, I have to, because they're a good defense."

To Webb's credit he did not use his injury, a separated shoulder suffered in a 45-35 loss at Oklahoma State on Sept. 25, as an excuse for his poor performance adding "no excuses."

He was also asked if complacency had set in after being tabbed the man in the offseason.

"No, I would disagree with that. You can ask these guys. I'm the hardest worker inside the building and I pride myself on that," Webb said. "I'm not being cocky. It's who I am. I am up here every single day, hours and hours, watching film at home. My preparation is bar none. I don't think it's complacency. I think it's frustrating because I know the off-season I had and the work and preparation I've put in hasn't shown up on Saturday yet. I got a seven-game season left and I'm going to make them the best of my life."

Kingsbury wasn't the only coach to voice his support of Webb on Monday. Interim defensive coordinator Mike Smith weighed in on the situation when asked.

"The thing with our offense is they can get hot at any time and Webb, he's going to get hot," Smith said. "He's making some mistakes, you know he's young too. I got all the confidence in him. I said this before the start of the season, I have never seen a quarterback, even when I was here (as a player) and then in the NFL, be so young with his arm strength. He's just made some bad decisions here and there, but he's still a really good quarterback. You just have to keep his confidence up and Kliff does a good job with those guy on making smart decisions and stuff, but he's a good football player and he's going to be the future of this whole thing."

Perhaps co-offensive coordinator Eric Morris relayed the most pragmatic response to questions Monday regarding Webb's performance and the Red Raiders moving forward at the quarterback position.

"He's got to start learning from his mistakes, you know, I mean we have done it for three, four straight weeks now where we've talked about the turnovers and interceptions and stuff," Morris said. "We're not going to be able to win football games doing that. We've said it over and over, so we got to start eliminating some of them and he's got to start learning from them and be able to eat the ball sometimes if you don't like the look and take a sack."




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