Right out of the gate, Kingsbury is asked about how he feels the summer camp went and as you can probably expect, he gave a rather canned response. He mentioned that getting to work with the players more due to the new NCAA rule was nice, he said he felt the camp was efficient and went by pretty quickly.
But then, he was asked the question we've all been curious about:
What can you expect to see(Indiscernible) out of the gate from your offense? Are you going to stretch it out right away?
COACH KINGSBURY: He's (Davis) ready to go, so I'm sure he'll come out with an attacking mindset and try to go at it. I know these guys. They've been going against the defense for what seems against June, really, 7 on 7 and team drills they've been doing on their own. So they're going to see another colored jersey and I'm sure they'll be ready to get after it.
That's right, he's saying that Webb and the offense are going to be pushing the ball downfield more and that made me excited. And for those wondering about Patrick Mahomes showing up anytime soon...
Will Pat Mahomes likely get some time?
COACH KINGSBURY: I hope so. Since he's not red-shirting, we're going to play him as much as we can. When we can find times that he can go in the game throughout the year, we're going to try to maximize that, because in an ideal world, like I said, you would like to red-shirt him, but he's not afforded that luxury. So we'll get him out there, and as much as we can play Pat, we're going to play him.
Kingsbury kind of contradicts himself because right after this, he says that they're not going to put Mahomes in just to run the ball and kill the clock, but then said that if a game was decided either way, they would put him in. I don't know, I see this both ways, but it sure sounds like Mahomes would just be going in to run the offense for experience.
Kingsbury goes on to touch on several players individually, and we'll look at two specifically, Dom Robertson and freshman CB Tevin Madison.
Could you talk about the offensive line, and Dominique Robertson and the movement there? Do you envision him playing some at left tackle on Saturday?
COACH KINGSBURY: We'll see how the game goes. Dom's still getting adjusted to the speed of the game, but he's shown some serious flashes and we think if he keeps coming he's going to be a big contributor for us on that line. So we'll play him as much as we can, whether it's inside or outside. The rest of that group is going to be starting this first week that all played last year, so they've come together and gelled. Dom's a piece that we hope we'll be able to push him in there soon.
Coach, you have Tevin Madison at that point position. Is there anything that separated him from the rest of the group in fall camp?
COACH KINGSBURY: Having played in high school and he's got great ball skills and I think he just picked up the system a little bit quicker, but all those guys are tremendous athletes at that position. So you kind of have a youth movement over there at that one corner and rotate them through, and they know that. We'll just do it as a group effort.
How close is the competition between Madison and Jah’Shawn Johnson?
COACH KINGSBURY: It was close. We feel comfortable with both those guys. And Jah’Shawn was most impressive. He was a safety most of his high school career and that is probably his best position, but with some incidents we had, felt like we needed to move him over there and he's done a great job.
That certainly sounds like it has the makings of a position battle to watch going forward.
Alright, let's jump over and look at the quotes from the players. First up, QB Davis Webb.
Can you talk about what your goals are going into the game?
DAVIS WEBB: This Saturday? Just be the best quarterback in the nation on Saturday, to be the best quarterback for this team. I have a lot of expectations for myself. Coach Kingsbury has a lot of expectations for me. Just have fun and play my best, because I think my best is pretty good.
Yeah buddy. Just go out there and be the best QB in the nation. I'll take that. And taking shots at the preseason media polls? Whhaaaaaa??
Does it motivate you that you were picked sixth in the preseason poll?
DAVIS WEBB: Yeah, Baylor was picked fifth last year, and that tells you what everybody knows in the preseason. And Oklahoma State the year before was picked six or something like that. You never know what you have until you play on Saturdays. So we'll see how we are at the end of the year.
We all know that preseason rankings and polls are just about useless. It's nice to see others that are involved in the game mirror that opinion, though.
Now let's see what Jackson had to say about this year's defense.
Why do you think this is the year you guys can stop the run?
BRANDEN JACKSON: I think this is the year because we've always had good players on the defensive line. We've always had players that were capable whether we were underweight as some people may look at it undersized. But this year we have depth at positions, and we actually go three deep, and I think that goes a long way keeping people fresh.
And that certainly is a big concern going into this season is whether or not the defense can control a little bit more of the opposing team's rush offense. Jackson has the confidence in this year's unit to be able to make an impact in this aspect of the game, but we will definitely have our questions answered by the time the conference schedule rolls around.
Four days remaining until we start this wild roller coaster ride that is the 2014 Texas Tech football season. Let's get it.