True freshman walk-on Baker Mayfield had a remarkable start to his Texas Tech career on Friday, completing 43-of-60 passes for 413 yards and four touchdowns, as the Red Raiders stomped the SMU Mustangs 41-23. That’s not too shabby for a kid who didn’t even arrive on the Texas Tech campus until midway through July.
Head coach Kliff Kingsbury, no stranger to putting up huge numbers as a quarterback, praised the young freshman after the game:
He can rip it. He’s got a really strong arm. It can be a little too strong sometimes. He’s got to learn some touch on a couple of those throws, but he keeps attacking. That’s what’s fun about him.
He did some good things early, and I thought he got better and better as the game went on (RedRaiders.com).
It will be interesting to see what Kingsbury does once projected starter Michael Brewer returns from his back injury. It appears, though, the Mayfield has made a strong case that he deserves to remain the starting quarterback.
The Red Raiders will take on Stephen F. Austin next Saturday.