LUBBOCK, TX- After gracing the cover of Dave Campbell's 2016 Texas Football Magazine, the media circulated around East Texas native and Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes at the Big 12 Media Days in Dallas on Monday.
The quarterback is coming off a great sophomore campaign where he earned the starting position.
After starting all 13 games, Mahomes threw for 4,653 yards and 52 touchdowns. He also rushed for another 456 yards. The Whitehouse native is only one of five quarterbacks in FBS history to pass for 4,000 yards and 30 touchdowns, and also rush for at least 450 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Going into his junior year, Mahomes' expectations are set to only go up from here and he'll have the help of several East Texans to move the chains down field.
Tenaha native Reginald Davis will be entering his senior year and Mahomes has seen a difference in the veteran's approach to the season.
"He's really matured as a receiver and he's really focused. He knows it's his senior year. It's his last go around so he's getting better every single day and making an impact," said Mahomes.
Lufkin native Keke Coutee, now a sophomore, has continued to grow in his role as a Red Raider. With a year of experience under his belt, Mahomes said he'll be eyeing the former Panther more often.
"He'll definitely be on the field. He might not be the starter from the get go, but he'll definitely be out there," said Mahomes. "He's so electric. He makes so many plays, you just have to put him out there and give him the ball."
The receiver with the most experience playing with Mahomes is his former Whitehouse Wildcat teammate that came to Lubbock with him, Dylan Cantrell.
Mahomes describes the East Texas tag team has a swag about them that can't be beat.
"It definitely is cool to have East Texas kids on the team. We have a little bit of a swag mentality. We talk trash to everybody else, especially the DFW kids who think they're the best at everything," said Mahomes.
The Red Raiders open their season against Stephen F. Austin on Saturday, September 3 in Lubbock. The game will be broadcasted on Fox Sports at 7 p.m.