Texas Tech sophomore quarterback Patrick Mahomes learned a valuable lesson last season, and that was to always be ready to step on the field and run the offense. This is the lesson every backup quarterback should take to heart, and is one Mahomes may not have been fully onboard with last fall.
“It’s pretty accurate,” Mahomes said in a story published by The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. “I, of course, did not work hard enough. I thought I was working hard enough, but I know now that I wasn’t. Now that I know I have a chance [to start at quarterback for Texas Tech], I know how to work and I’m going to work that hard or even harder to try to get a chance to play.”
Mahomes was thrown into the offense in place of an injured Davis Webb last season against Oklahoma State. Mahomes fumbled, picked up the loose ball and then threw an interception on his fourth play. Fortunately, it seems, Mahomes has taken that infamous debut to heart this offseason.
“That was probably the change moment in the season for me,” Mahomes said. “I came in thinking I could do what I did in high school and I would still make plays. Once that happens, it kind of changed my mindset where I have to compete every single day, kill every workout, get extra work in order to be good at this level.”
Mahomes is competing for the starting quarterback job with Webb for Kliff Kingsbury this summer. Whether he will be able to replace Webb as the starter remains to be seen, but at least he knows he will have to work for it. Better later than never, right?