Who's the QB?

With spring practices rapidly approaching, one of the biggest questions surrounding the Texas Tech football program is who will take over the starting quarterback job vacated by B.J. Symons. The field seems to be down to three players, but who will start the season at the helm of the top offense in the country?

Sonny Cumbie is the only player on the Texas Tech roster to have any substantial playing time at the quarterback position. Even though he has seen some live action, his playing time has been limited to mop-up duty as B.J. Symons' understudy. In his time on the field, Cumbie has shown decent accuracy and a strong arm, but was somewhat lacking in mobility. Cumbie leads in the experience department, and has shown a good work ethic, but he will have to improve to win the job.

Phillip Daugherty was last year's big quarterback recruit for the Red Raiders, and now after a redshirt season he is ready to compete for the winning job. There have been some rumors regarding the redshirt freshman's work ethic, but things can change when playing time is on the line. Daugherty has all of the necessary tools to run the system, and would probably have a good shot at the job if it comes down to him and Cumbie.

The third candidate is JUCO transfer Robert Johnson. Johnson has been rated the top JUCO quarterback by several sources. Johnson's biggest strength is his arm, which is said to be powerful and accurate. In addition to his arm, he can run. Texas Tech Head Coach Mike Leach has said that Johnson has the best feet of anybody he's ever been around. That running ability certainly could lead to some intriguing possibilities in the hands of the offensive genius of Leach. Even with the running ability, Johnson will only get the job if his arm and head are good enough. No amount of athleticism will be enough to overcome a deficiency in either area. Some observers have voiced concern about a new quarterback being able to learn Leach's scheme, but there is a precedent for a newcomer to have success. Josh Huepel came into Leach's offense at Oklahoma with no previous experience in the spread offense and rewrote the Oklahoma record books.


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