Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes went to the locker room with an apparent shoulder injury after sustaining a hit in the third quarter of Thursday night’s game against Kansas. The injury occurred on a hit sustained at the end of a 32-yard draw run. After throwing a warm-up throw on the sidelines, the junior quarterback went to the locker room with trainers.
Redshirt sophomore Nic Shimonek replaced Mahomes in the game and finished the drive with a touchdown pass. In Mahomes’ absence, Shimonek has completed seven of 10 passes for 106 yards and two touchdowns.
Prior to the injury, Mahomes was tearing apart the Jayhawks defense. He was 27-for-24 for 277 yards. He added four touchdowns and one interception. He has also rushed eight times for 27 yards in the game. With his four touchdown passes, Mahomes tied Cal’s Davis Webb with 18 touchdown passes so far in 2016.
Mahomes is a projected first-round pick, should he declare for the 2017 NFL draft. He is projected to be the third quarterback taken behind Miami’s Brad Kaaya and Clemson’s DeShaun Watson.
Though Texas Tech quarterbacks have typically been traditional pocket passers, Mahomes breaks that mold. Last season–his first as a starter–he rushed for over 450 yards. Including Thursday’s performance, he has already rushed for 165 more yards in 2016, including four rushing touchdowns.
Mahomes led the NCAA in total yards per game in 2015 and, through the first three games of 2016, he was in a league of his own, accounting for over 75 yards more than Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson.
The 2-1 Red Raiders entered the fourth quarter of Thursday night’s game against the Jayhawks with a 41-19 lead.