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Red Raiders not ready to name starting quarterback


Coach Kliff Kingsbury said earlier in Fall Camp that he wanted to name a starting quarterback by the second scrimmage. The second scrimmage is Saturday and the Red Raiders still don't have a starter.

Kingsbury talked with the media after Friday's practice and said the coaches have not seen enough from the group to determine a front runner.

Kingsbury talked about where the depth chart stands right now:

"We don't have it listed yet. We are still working through that, so we will see how they do the next couple of weeks. It will be a game-time decision now. We will let them play it out the next few weeks and they go from there."

The more Fall Camp progresses, the more it appears that Brewer's injury could be serious and a true freshman may get the starting nod for week one against SMU. Davis Webb and walk-on Baker Mayfield, who has burst on the scene lately, have shown leadership and moxy in practice. Mayfield is a product of Lake Travis High School in Austin and the coaches feel like he is a steal of a player to just be a walk-on with his talent level.

Kingsbury talked about the progress of the Freshmen:

"Both of them for [being] true freshmen, [we] couldn't be more pleased. They have both taken command of the huddle. Their leadership skills have been great, [they] have done everything we've asked, so we are really excited to work with two really good players."

Sophomore Michael Brewer, who appeared to be the front runner in the spring, has been dealing with a back injury and hasn't had a full day of practice under his belt in over a week.

Coach Kingsbury commented on Brewer's status:

"He aggravated his back. He has had an injury that he has been dealing with and it's kind of a day to day deal at this point. He was having a great couple of days when he got going, and he really looked good. We are really excited about him, so if he can get back in the mix who knows."

Brewer is undergoing treatment for the injury, but his status for the SMU game is still in question. It has to be unnerving as an offensive player to not have a clear-cut leader under center yet, but the offense is ready to move forward with any three of these quarterbacks.

Sophomore Running Back Deandre Washington commented on his impression of the two freshmen:

"Both are great guys, both competitors and both of them bring a different element, but it's actually been pretty fun. I'm just looking forward to getting the season underway. Whoever it is at quarterback, we are probably going to have a freshman, so we are looking to take pressure off of him. Hopefully being able to help him out with blocking, running - just anything we can to make the transition easier for him."

Now more than ever, the Texas Tech offense may rely heavily on a deep running back core to help a freshman quarterback get more accustomed under center.

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