Texas Tech’s mascot pencils in a hectic schedule once Saturday rolls around: fire the guns with every score, reload, continue.
Dressed in scarlet and black, the Red Raider keeps busy. However, the program itself seems to mimic the actions of the mascot regarding the quarterback position.
Light up the scoreboard, reload, continue.
The 2015 edition of the Wild Wild West (or south) will feature Texas Tech quarterback Davis Webb, entering his third year behind center. With a another season forthcoming, Webb and his plethora of receivers plan to follow up on their 8th-ranked passing offense from a year ago.
I had the opportunity to catch up with Webb and learn more about the sophomore from Prosper, Texas. Guns up.
AK: Many people will claim Texas as the “football state.” You played at Prosper (TX) in high school and are at Texas Tech, and while four games last season matched you up with four schools from Texas, next season will see five. What’s the atmosphere like in the Lonestar State compared to anywhere else in the nation?
DW: “I agree with people calling Texas as the ‘football state.’ Playing at a small-town school like Prosper, where football is a culture, and coming to the best university in Texas in Texas Tech where all of West Texas is all on the same page with rooting for the Red Raiders, Texas can and should be considered the “football state.” It’s bragging rights across the state when we play Baylor, Texas, TCU, SMU, UTEP, etc.–fans get into it, and it gets us players fired up.”
AK: Perfecting the air raid offense takes substantial preparation, a variety of hand signals, and much more. Is it ever overwhelming with the countless amount of plays you guys keep in your arsenal?
DW: “Yes, in this offense its all about being a perfectionist. We don’t really call them hand signals, its more like a second language. We have a variety of calls, dummies, signals, snap counts, etc. for each play. Its not as overwhelming, it just takes time and countless hours to run plays and be on the same page with offense line and receivers. The preparation is worth it.”
AK: Jakeem Grant broke out for a monstrous year in 2013 while fellow receiver Devin Lauderdale proved his efficiency on the outside last season. Who’s a name the Red Raider faithful will have the luxury of hearing about that they maybe didn’t in 2014?
DW: “Laudy Doty has a huge future and goals set for himself in 2015. Jakeem is a big time player and name not only on our team, but across the Big 12. He is known as the most explosive player in the conference and it’s a blessing to throw to him and watch him run and make plays. We have many young receivers like Ian Sadler, Dylan Cantrell, Reggie Davis, Cam Batson, and many 2015 recruits that have signed expecting to come in and compete. I’m excited to watch these guys work and make plays for me.”
AK: Texas Tech’s 19 commits made it a top 40 recruiting class for 2015. How’s the buzz around Lubbock shifted with a ton of expectations for next year’s campaign?
DW: “I know our coaches are excited about the class they have put together in 2015. We as players are excited to welcome guys to the new family and get ready for 2015. We are very driven and motivated to get better. We are working towards it. The new guys will help us next year and for years to come.”
AK: Among the schools that recruited you out of high school, what separated Texas Tech from the others?
DW: “I had a lot of schools show interest and many offered, but my top two schools where TCU and Texas Tech. Texas Tech is somewhere I have dreamed of playing since my sophomore year of high school. I worked hard to accomplish that dream and thankful I got the opportunity to do so.”
AK: Now for the 2-minute drill. Favorite pro sports team?
DW: “Dallas Stars or New England Patriots. 2015 CHAMPS!”
AK: Favorite hobby when you’re not playing football?
DW: “Video games, playing sports, hanging with teammates.”
AK: Biggest influence off the field?
DW: “Father who coaches high school football or my idol Tom Brady.”
AK: Favorite Gatorade flavor?
DW: “Strawberry. Try it.”
AK: Favorite television series?
DW: “How I Met Your Mother or Suits…Gossip Girl is solid too.”
AK: Best stadium you have ever played in?
DW: “The Jones. Away games…probably West Virginia, they get close to as rowdy as we do it.”
Expect the fireworks show to keep pace in Lubbock when the 2015 season kicks off.