MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Keeping quarterbacks healthy has been a challenge so far this season for No. 16 Texas Tech and West Virginia.
Neither team's coach has yet to disclose which signal caller will start when the Red Raiders (6-0, 3-0 Big 12) play the Mountaineers (3-3, 1-2) for the first time in Morgantown on Saturday.
The Red Raiders' Kliff Kingsbury hasn't indicated whether Davis Webb will get his second start or if Baker Mayfield will return from injury. Both are freshmen.
West Virginia's Dana Holgorsen said he'll make a game-time decision Saturday on his starter. Florida State transfer Clint Trickett started the last two games but had been bothered by a sore throwing shoulder.
The Mountaineers are coming off a bye week after stumbling at No. 12 Baylor 73-42 two weeks ago. During the break, Trickett was healthy enough to go dove and quail hunting last weekend in Tallahassee, Fla.
Paul Millard and Ford Childress also have started two games apiece. Millard is available, but Holgorsen said Childress is out indefinitely with a torn pectoral muscle.
Mayfield, who's averaging 298 yards passing per game, twisted his right knee two weeks ago in a win at Kansas. Webb threw for 415 yards and three touchdowns in his starting debut, a 42-35 win over Iowa State last week. Also in the mix is redshirt sophomore Michael Brewer, who's played one game and has yet to attempt a pass.
"We'll see if we have all three available this week," Kingsbury said. "We'll get as many reps to each guy as we can, and play the one that we feel gives us the best chance to win a game every week."
While Mayfield and Webb have thrived, none of West Virginia's quarterbacks have consistently moved the offense in the post-Geno Smith era. But they could use some help.
"We are still trying to figure out how to do things well, instead of getting to a point offensively where you're trying to focus on what the defense is doing and how to attack it successfully," Holgorsen said. "With an average offense and a lot of inexperience at key positions, it is tough to get first downs on second-and-5, let alone third-and-5."
Here are five things to watch for as the Red Raiders prepare to play the Mountaineers:
COACH vs. COACH: Kingsbury and Holgorsen are going head-to-head for the first time as coaches. Kingsbury was the Red Raiders' quarterback from 1999-02. Holgorsen was the team's wide receivers coach from 2000-04 and added offensive coordinator duties from 2005-07. They were assistant coaches under Kevin Sumlin at Houston. Kingsbury credits Holgorsen for securing a job at Houston for him in 2008 and the pair ended up living together. "I have a ton of respect for him and I wouldn't be here right now if it weren't for him," Kingsbury said.