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Kingsbury not ready to name starting quarterback

Kliff Kingsbury (Source: Texas Tech Athletics) Kliff Kingsbury (Source: Texas Tech Athletics)

If you were hoping Coach Kingsbury would answer the biggest question of the off season during Big 12 Media Day, you came away disappointed.

Kingsbury is in no hurry to name who his starting quarterback will be for the season opener Aug. 30 against SMU. Instead, he provided a timetable as to when that decision will be made.

"We'll get them to fall camp and probably go about two weeks," Kingsbury said. "It varies, but we'll see how the seven on seven's are going this summer, see how the film is, and see who separates themselves."

Kingsbury did confirm what many already believed to be the case. It is indeed a two-person battle for the starting spot.

"We were really pleased with Michael Brewer and Davis Webb's progress in the spring," Kingsbury said. "Those guys kind of separated themselves from the rest of the pack."

Former quarterbacks who thrived under Kingsbury's tutelage - guys like Case Keenum from Houston and Johnny Manziel at Texas A&M - were guys who could move around in the pocket and utilize their athleticism to extend plays. Ultimately, that is what Kingsbury will look for in his starter this season.

"We're big on having a QB that can extend plays," he said. "It doesn't have to mean rushing yards always. In Houston, we had Case Keenum, who had great feet, and he could keep a play alive by getting out of the pocket and finding his receivers downfield."

"We definitely want a guy who can move and escape the pocket and extend the play down the field."

With that point in mind, it seems Michael Brewer has the advantage over Davis Webb. Brewer is praised for his quick feet and elusiveness in the pocket. Something Davis Webb has yet to show, consistently, during scrimmages.

But as Kingsbury mentioned in Monday's press conference, until these guys get under the lights for the first time, for real, you don't truly know.

"You don't know how they're going to react when the lights come on. Kingsbury added. "How do they keep plays alive? How do they lead when things are going bad? There's definitely a lot of those elements. Hopefully it will work out like it did last year."

Of course last year worked out quite nicely for Kingsbury and his quarterback as Manziel broke record after record, leading the Aggies to an 11-2 Cotton Bowl-winning season on his way to a Heisman Trophy. And at this time last year, the Aggies had to yet to officially name him the starter.

"We did this last year at Texas A&M and it worked out a little bit for us. Hopefully, we have that same success."

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