Red Raider Gridiron: Texas Tech Sticks With Clark; Longview Camp; Webb is Breakout Prospect

John Weast

Texas Tech is going to stick with defensive back Joseph Clark and the coaches were in East Texas yesterday holding camp. QB Davis Webb is a possible national breakout player, plus Dartwan Bush was signed by the Dallas Cowboys.

Texas Tech Sticks With Clark. You may not remember Tyler Chapel Hill DB Joseph Clark, but he was signed as part of the 2014 recruiting class and he tore his ACL in the season and he was asked to greyshirt this year while he recovers and will join the team in the spring and will honor his scholarship whether he plays for Texas Tech or not. This statement by offensive coordinator Eric Morris goes a long ways and I bet it goes a long ways in East Texas where it's still a small community on a lot of levels:

"It's straight Coach (Kliff) Kingsbury," Red Raiders' co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach Eric Morris said. "There was never even a discussion about it. It wasn't even brought up one time that we were going to drop the kid. We got to know him, we sold him on it, he committed to us and when they commit to us we commit to them as well.

"It was something that was never discussed. He was going to be on scholarship no matter what. We've been encouraging him more than anything, having as many surgeries as he's had and allowing him to know, ‘Your spot is there when you get healthy.'"

Talent in East Texas. Speaking of East Texas, Texas Tech was in Longview yesterday at one of the many camps they are having across the state of Texas and Morris also talked about what type of players are in East Texas:

"Historically, this is a great region for athletes and per capita, some of the best athletes we get from these camps come from this area," Morris said. "They're all tough kids that aren't afraid to grind, get out in the heat and put in the extra time.

"We love the attitude out here."

The article notes that some of the defensive standouts were, Longview's Jakoriyan Walker and Shaun Lloyd, and Shreveport Woodlawn's Henry Black.

Breakout Player. On Monday I asked the VtM staff who they thought would be a household name that isn't already and to be honest, Davis Webb didn't even come to mind because of the Arizona St. game and he already seems pretty well known, at least to me.  However, Sports On Earth picked Webb as a breakout quarterback this year (which would mean that he wasn't on any all-conference team or a projected 1st round pick):

Next, No. 2: Davis Webb, Texas Tech. Quarterbacks played musical chairs in Kliff Kingsbury's first season thanks to injuries, but by the end of 2013 Webb established himself as the starter going forward (Michael Brewer and Baker Mayfield have since transferred). Despite starting only six games, he finished second in the Big 12 in passing with 2,718 yards and 20 touchdowns, capped by a 403-yard, four-touchdown effort in the Holiday Bowl against Arizona State. Give him a full season, and he may lead the nation in passing yards in Kingsbury's version of the Air Raid.

Cowboys Sign Dartwan. Congrats to defensive end Dartwan Bush for being signed to the Dallas Cowboys after a recent rookie mini-camp.

Third Down Success. ESPN has a good look at third downs and how both the offense converted about 40% of their third downs while the defense almost gave up 40% of third downs to opposing offenses. The conversion for the offense is fine on my end, but the 5.6 yards per third down conversion on defense is worrisome.

Cincy in No Man's Land. This is from an Ohio St. perspective from Eleven Warriors, but Cincinnati is trying desperately to try to keep up with Ohio St. and just about anyone else in the Big Five conferences.

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