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Texas Tech University, Quarterback U?

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Three of the top 10 quarterbacks in the nation could have ties to Texas Tech.

Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Many say Texas Tech produces "system" quarterbacks, but what happens when those quarterbacks perform well elsewhere? This year Patrick Mahomes, Davis Webb and Baker Mayfield could all end up in the top ten in both passing yards and passing touchdowns. I don't believe any program can say that 3 of the top 10 quarterbacks in the nation have direct ties to their school.

In 2015, Patrick Mahomes finished 4th in passing yards with 4,653 and Baker Mayfield finished 18th with 3,700 yards. For what it's worth, 1st overall pick Jared Goff finished 3rd with 4,719. Chad Kelly of Ole Miss finished 10th with 4,042 yards so if Mayfield could've amassed an extra 343 yards over the season he could've found himself in the top 10. In 2013, Davis Webb racked up 2,718 yards which was the most he had in a season as a Red Raider, and that was with him not appearing in three games and splitting time in others with Mayfield. If I was a betting man, I would almost guarantee that Webb finishes in the top 10 in passing yards this season.

When it comes to passing touchdowns in 2015, both Patrick Mahomes and Baker Mayfield finished with 36 which put them in a tie for 6th in the nation. Jared Goff of California threw for 43 touchdowns which was good enough for 3rd in the nation. I'm by no means saying Davis Webb will match what Goff did last year, just showing what he was able to do at Cal last year. I believe that Mahomes will get closer to 40 touchdowns this season, maybe even go over that number. Mayfield may stay around that mid-30 mark though since Oklahoma has such a potent rushing attack. Chad Kelly, Trevone Boykin and Taylor Lamb of Appalachian State all finished with 31 passing touchdowns which put them in a 3-way tie for 9th in the country. I think Davis Webb will be able to throw for somewhere between 32 and 37 touchdowns this season. In 2013 he threw for 20 and in 2014 he was able to increase that number to 24. In both of those seasons he was splitting time and didn't appear at all in several games.

*all of the above stats are from ESPN*

As you can see, it seems like a pretty safe bet that Mahomes, Webb and Mayfield will all finish with very solid numbers. I believe all 3 will be in the top 10 in passing touchdowns, heck they may even all be top 5. If Mayfield can get close to the 4,000 yard mark, I think all 3 will also be in the top 10 in passing yards.

Let's get down to some hypothetical guessing for the 2016 season. These are my thoughts, so feel free to comment your predictions in the comments!

Quarterback
Passing Yards
National Rank
Passing Touchdowns
National Rank
Patrick Mahomes
5,013
2nd
41
2nd
Davis Webb
4,573
5th
35
7th
Baker Mayfield
4,037
10th
36
6th