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Triplets of the Big 12: Texas Tech

Posted August 19th, 2014

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Today’s triplets: Texas Tech (we’ve already done Oklahoma, TCU, Kansas State, West Virginia and Oklahoma State).

(1) Davis Webb, QB: Played more games than any other Tech QB (10), completing 226 passes in 361 attempts for 2,718 ayrds, 20 TDs and 9 interceptions. He averaged 271.8 yards a game with an efficiency rating of 139.1. He completed 62.6 percent of his throws.

(2) DeAndre Washington, RB: Was second on the team in rushing. Had 107 attempts for 450 yards and 4 TDs. His longest run went 19 yards.

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(3) Jakeem Grant, WR: Third on the team in catches (65), for 796 yards (also third on the team) and 7 TDs (tied for second). Averaged 12.2 yards per catch and 66.6 yards per game.

About the Red Raiders’ triplets:

Head coach Kliff Kingsbury will be holding his breath every time Davis Webb is hit too hard. The Red Raiders lost two quarterbacks who saw snaps last year transfer over the offseason — Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma) and Michael Brewer (Virginia Tech).

So that leaves Webb and freshman Patrick Mahomes as Tech’s lone scholarship quarterbacks.

Webb made six starts last year and was the offensive MVP in Texas Tech’s Holiday Bowl victory.

“I’ve been excited for Davis, to watch the progress he had,” Kingsbury said. “Statistically, as a true freshman, he had a pretty amazing year. Just have to cut down on the turnovers. And that’s something that he really did a good job of in the spring. I’m excited to watch him play this year. He’s one of the hardest working quarterbacks I’ve ever been around. He’s earned everything he’s gotten. I’m excited to watch him take that next step and be a leader of our football team.”

Running back and receiver, however, are question marks.

Kenny Williams, the former running back, has moved to linebacker. He led the team in rushing last season. His replacement is Washington, who rushed for 485 yards a year ago.

Tech also will struggle to replace the production of tight end Jace Amaro, who caught 106 passes a year ago, and Eric Ward, who ranks third on Tech’s career catches list with 255. Grant, who has made 20 starts with 96 catches over the past two seasons, will get first dibs on the catches this season.

Tomorrow’s triplets: Baylor

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