What if Seth Doege had to play quarterback for Texas Tech this weekend against Texas A&M? Can you imagine all the plays Tech coach Mike Leach would give the unproven QB?
As if he hasn't had enough glorious moments in his coaching career, turning Doege into an instant success would be Leach's way of saying "I can get 500 guys to play quarterback and they will all be successful.''
It would be the ultimate "it's the system'' statement.
After all, until he went 6 of 8 for 64 yards and a TD against Kansas State on Oct. 10, Doege hadn't taken a snap from center in a regular season, college bowl game or high school game since 2005 when he was a sophomore at Crane High School.
Doege's father, you see, was the high school coach at Crane, then took a coaching job at Wolfforth Frenship High School in surburban Lubbock in time for Doege's junior season. However, Doege blew out a knee prior to his junior year and missed the entire season.
Then after going through the rehab process, Doege was all set to start his senior season for Wolfforth Frenship. But the unthinkable happended when he blew out his knee again and missed his entire senior season.
However, since Doege completed 115 of 171 passes for 2,439 yards and 27 touchdowns as a sophomore at Crane in 2005, football folks with a keen eye for talent like Leach already had him on their radar.
Doege's bio in the Tech media guide states that he's "one of the most promising prep quarterbacks in the state despite missing each of the last two seasons with injuries.''
Sounds like a Mike Leach kind of guy.
Remember, no Tech fan was completely sure about Taylor Potts _ until he threw seven touchdowns in the second game of this season against Rice.
And no Tech fan was completely sure about Steven Sheffield _ until he threw seven touchdowns in the sixth game of the season against Kansas State.
Don't be surprised if one day Doege, a 6-2, 205-pound redshirt freshman, throws seven touchdowns in a game for Tech. As fate would have it, Doege's only TD pass against Kansas State was to Brik Brinker.
Brinker hails from, you guessed it, Wolfforth Frenship.
_ Dwain Price