Another week, another Red Raider victory discussed during Kliff Kingsbury's weekly Monday morning news conference.
Texas Tech improved to 6-0 with a 42-35 victory over Iowa State, behind a signature performance from freshman quarterback Davis Webb, filling in for starter Baker Mayfield.
Kingsbury discusses Webb's award-winning performance, while updating the current quarterback situation that now features three capable quarterbacks on any given Saturday now that Michael Brewer is healthy. Also, Kingsbury looks ahead to this Saturday's 11 a.m. kickoff with the West Virginia Mountaineers (3-3, 1-2).
Can you speak to the performance of Davis Webb winning Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week this year in his first start?
"Yeah, now there are two of them that have done that. It's fun to see. He was disappointed earlier in the year, obviously, at not being named the starter, but never blinked an eye. Kept working and kept getting better, and he's progressed and progressed and progressed, and really played well and made some big‑time throws. I'm excited to see him have that success, and I'm sure he's going to keep getting better."
Could you update us on the status of all three of your quarterbacks?
"Yeah, Baker, we'll get him over here today and see how he feels. Davis is good and Mike's good. So we'll see if we have all three available this week. We should know by the end of the week."
What is the best attribute that Webb has and Baker has that they've shown so far?
"Davis is kind of a surgeon as far as studying film. You give a play to him once, and he has it figured out. I think his mentality is really mature for his age. Baker is a play maker when he goes out there. His ability to extend plays and keep things alive and go off script is going that he's really good at."
How good is it going to be once all three of them are completely healthy?
"It's hard to have a competition in week 7, which make it's tough because you don't have enough reps. You're trying to get one guy ready for the game. So they've been very supportive of each other. We'll get as many reps to each guy as we can, and play the one that we feel gives us the best chance to win a game every week."
Back to back weeks of 100 or more plays, are you where you want to be in terms of offensive plays?
"Yeah, we don't have a number, just points at the end. So obviously we keep the defense out there with that many plays, you're hoping they'll tire somewhat, and you'll be able to make some plays against them. But we don't have a set goal going into the game. It's just about points."
What are some of the things West Virginia does well on defense?
"The biggest deal, you watch the film, is how multiple they are. They're playing with a lot of confidence. I know they had a rough night in Waco, but aside from that, they've played really good defense. They've turned people over, lots of negative plays wreaking havoc. You never know where they're going to lineup. Week‑in and week‑out they look like a completely different team as far as games go. That obviously is a challenge for a young quarterback."
Any unique challenges to traveling to West Virginia?
"Yeah, I guess if you let it be. For us it's a road game and we'll have to leave a little earlier for the longer flight, but we'll keep our routine the exact same. We'll go to the hotel, wake up early and go play the game. I think our kids are more excited more than anything. Most of the them have never been to West Virginia in their lives. They say the stadium is unbelievable, the fans are unbelievable, so it will be a great atmosphere for all of us to experience."
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