Mahomes passed for 1,547 yards, 16 touchdowns and four interceptions in seven games played as a true freshman last fall and started the final four games against Texas, Oklahoma, Iowa State and Baylor.
After leaving the contest early against the Horns due to a viscous hit, Mahomes put up monster numbers his final three games of the season, totaling 1,304 yards, 14 touchdowns and two interceptions through the air. He saved the best for last, throwing for a Big 12 freshman record 598 yards, six touchdowns against Baylor in the finale.
One would think the starting gig is Mahomes' to lose.
Yet, also returning is rising junior Davis Webb, who suffered through a rough sophomore season. Webb passed for 2,539 yards, 24 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. His 61.2 completion percentage was impressive, but any progress made last fall was largely overshadowed by a penchant for turnovers.
Davis WebbWebb also suffered through various injuries, including his non-throwing (left) shoulder which required offseason surgery. The latest word is Webb is expected to participate fully in spring ball and will be given the opportunity to compete with Mahomes for the starting spot.
“We’ll let them both compete,” Kingsbury told the San Antonio Express-News recently. “I think it will make them all raise their level and the best guy will come out of it. We’ll name a starter when we have one.”
Adding depth to the position is Iowa transfer Nic Shimonek. The former Corsicana Mildred standout joined Tech as a walk-on and has impressed so far.
"The Shimonek kid is a scholarship-caliber guy," said Texas Tech offensive coordinator Eric Morris. "He's been learning the system and his arm is as good as anybody we have on campus right now. It will be interesting to see if he can process it out and get through his reads and make good decisions."
Depth chart prediction 1. Mahomes, 2. Webb, 3. Shimonek