All season long the Texas Tech football team has had its quarterback position interchanged between Baker Mayfield and Davis Webb. Kliff Kingsbury has not made a decision who should be leading Tech and the fans haven't either. It is unclear which freshman quarterback should be starting for Tech. With his superb showing against Iowa State, Davis Webb has made a case to be the one to hold the starting quarterback position.
Saturday's game against Iowa State was Davis Webb's first game as starting quarterback for the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Webb took advantage of his first appointment as starting quarterback by throwing for 415 yards, 3 touchdowns, and one interception. Webb has been able to show his abilities in his appearances as quarterback on numerous occasions throughout the first half of the season. His most notable play so far this season was his 19 yard pass to Bradley Marquez that gave Tech a seven point lead over the TCU squad. With Baker Mayfield out indefinitely Webb may get more opportunities to make his argument for starting quarterback, but will he be the one chosen to take the field once Mayfield returns?
Leading up to the Iowa State game Mayfield and Webb had both shared time on the field in every game except the SMU game in which Mayfield played all four quarters. Kingsbury has made it clear that both quarterbacks will share time on the field throughout the season. By looking at Mayfield's and Webb's numbers throughout the first half of the season one will find that Mayfield has thrown 8 touchdowns, and 5 interceptions in 201 attempts. Webb has thrown for 965 yards, 9 touchdowns, and 5 interceptions in 126 attempts. The numbers can be misleading. In four of the five games that Mayfield has started in, Mayfield has had more than 20 attempts. Webb however has only had more than 20 attempts in just two appearances. While Mayfield has had good showings against lower divisionschools, Webb has shown that he can play well against Big 12 competition.
After Tech's game against Iowa State, it was clear that Tech's defense and special teams can not solely win the game for Tech. For the second half of the season Tech will see its toughest competition. With only two more home games, Tech will need to find its best offensive plan soon. With no return date on Mayfield, Webb will have a secured position. Once Mayfield is set to return, it will be critical for Kingsbury to choose the more reliable quarterback with games against ranked school such as Oklahoma, Baylor, and Oklahoma State coming up.