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Texas Tech head coach Joey McGuire sets timetable to name starting QB

Senior Tyler Shough is competing with sophomore Donovan Smith and redshirt freshman Behren Morton.

New Texas Tech coach Joey McGuire has announced his timetable to name his starting quarterback.

Specifically, McGuire said Thursday at Tech’s local media day that he was targeting about two weeks out from the Sept. 3 opener against Murray State, after two team scrimmage.

“You know, I want to get to two scrimmages,” McGuire said. “We’ve had a good spring now. They’re way ahead in the playbook. And so there’s no excuses.”

New offensive coordinator Zach Kittley confirmed the timetable, noting that game scripts are usually installed two weeks before game day.

“That’s definitely our plan,” Kittley said. “That’s what we’re looking forward to.”

Senior Tyler Shough, who won the job last season after transferring from Oregon only to get injured four games into the season, is competing with sophomore Donovan Smith and redshirt freshman Behren Morton. Smith started Tech’s final four games including the Liberty Bowl win over Mississippi State.

“I will tell you and I stick by this, we’re not going to rotate quarterbacks so it’s not going to be,” McGuire said. “I’ve never done that. I don’t believe in that.”

But he acknowledged that each quarterback might have a special package on a weekly basis and didn’t rule out even lining up one of his quarterbacks at receiver.

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