Texas Tech QB Davis Webb to transfer; will be eligible immediately

Davis Webb had a pretty good run as the starter at Texas Tech, but now he wants to see what he can do elsewhere.

John Weast

There is another very talented and experienced college QB in the market for a new team. Former Texas Tech starter Davis Webb is transferring, and as a graduate student he will be immediately eligible for 2016.

Sources told FOX Sports on Wednesday that Webb is leaving. Tech later announced the news on Twitter.

Webb plans on doing college visits in January and February before he picks his next school.

Webb still needs to complete nine credit hours for his degree at Tech and plans to be at his new school for the first summer session. Expect him to consider options in the SEC and Pac-12 among other places.

Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury has said the 20-year-old junior has the tools to be a top-five overall NFL Draft pick because of his size, arm strength and mind. The 6-foot-5, 220-pounder Webb has 46 TDs against 22 INTs for his career, but ended up backing up another talented quarterback this season in Patrick Mahomes.

"He has a chance to be very special," Kingsbury said after Webb finished up his freshman season in 2013. "He has one of the quickest releases and strongest arms I’ve been around. Very smart, intellectual thinker. Processes things very quickly. Sees the field. Great at checking to the right place. 

Webb earned Holiday Bowl Offensive MVP honors at the end of a chaotic freshman season after carving up No. 14 Arizona State for 403 passing yards and four TDs in a 37-23 romp. That season began with an illness that caused Webb to go from 212 pounds down to 168 in about three days — 10 days before the opener against SMU.

While Webb tried to battle through his health issues and regain his strength, fellow true freshman Baker Mayfield shined, throwing for seven TDs and almost 800 yards in the Red Raiders’ first two games. Tech opened the season 7-0 before sputtering to a five-game losing skid as Webb and Mayfield battled for the starting job.

The Red Raiders finished up this season on Tuesday at 7-6 with a 56-27 loss to LSU in the Texas Bowl. The Tech staff raved about how well Webb handled the situation, which could’ve been very awkward. "He’s really helped the young receivers and (Mahomes)," said Tech OC Eric Morris in November. "We call him Coach Webb. It’s a credit to him and how he was raised."