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Finding the QB for 2016: Davis Webb

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With a new offense comes a new playbook and new personnel needs.

The most important position on the field is quarterback and that position is one reason why Rutgers had such a disappointing season in 2015.

I've decided to compile a list of possible starting QBs for the upcoming season. Each candidate will have his own article.

Yesterday, I covered Anthony Russo, who has since decommitted (great effin timing). Today, we will look at potential graduate transfer, Davis Webb.

The Numbers

Stats courtesy of ESPN

Webb did not play a full season of football at Texas Tech, although he was the primary starter in both 2013 and 2014 before losing his job. In 2013, he led the Red Raiders (midwest version of Scarlet Knights?) to a 7-0 record before losing 3 straight and missing 2 more games, leading to a 7-5 Texas Tech team in the Holiday Bowl. As a RS-freshman in their bowl game, he tossed for 403 yards, 4 TDs, and 0 INTs. In 2014, he only played 8 games but still managed to average 300 yards and 3 TDs per contest. Those numbers are really, really, good, even though it is in the Big 12. However, Webb has put up plenty of numbers in his college career and can look to do the same if he comes to Rutgers.

Pros

  • Lots of college experience
  • Has played for a winning team
  • HUGE (6-5, 224)
  • Ran spread offense in college
  • Has won big games

Cons

  • Not a runner
  • Injury-prone
  • Hasn't played against good defenses
  • Isn't actually on the team

Can he be the guy?

I do think he can be the guy. He has the experience necessary and has played plenty of games against brand-name teams, regardless of how good their defenses were. He knows how a spread offense works and can easily step in and be the starter from day 1. He will provide instant leadership and can help the younger players get better acclimated to the offense. they key here is actually getting him on the team, though I do know that Ash an co. are really pushing for him. That hints that they aren't really escatic about any of the QBs on the current roster. Webb can sling it all over the place and at 6-5 224, he is the perfect size to run the power spread. He has the frame to be an elite pocket passer, but can also run if need be, and won't be fun to tackle at that size..

Bottom Line

The only thing standing between Webb and being the starter is him being on the team. I strongly believe that if the staff is recruiting him, they are recruiting him to be the full-time QB. If they get him and he is on the team, he will be the starter until he can't play or plays like Gary Nova against Kent State. The bottom line is to get him on campus and we good. His recruitment has been quiet, which could be a good thing for Rutgers as they try to swoop in and steal a graduate transfer.

Chances of being starter Week 1, 2016: 55%

Other QB profiles: Chris Laviano Hayden RettigGiovanni RescignoAnthony Russo (irrelevant)

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