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TTU QB Patrick Mahomes skipping baseball to focus on Spring football

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Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes had a terrific 2015 season for the Red Raiders. He came in and replaced Davis Webb for the starting role and did a great job of filling the slot.

What most may not know is that Mahomes was a pretty good baseball player during his high school days. He was the 35th-ranked prospect in the state of Texas and a 37th round selection to the Detroit Tigers in the 2014 MLB Draft.

It doesn’t look like he will be using any of his time during the Spring to play baseball as he wants to focus on football for his future. He released a statement saying that he would be skipping the Red Raiders’ 2016 season to use his time to perfect his craft for the football team.

“I am extremely grateful for the great opportunity that (Texas Tech baseball) Coach (Tim) Tadlock and his staff provided me,” Mahomes said. “Not many college athletes have the privilege to play multiple sports at this level, so I’d like to thank him, his staff as well as my teammates on the baseball team for allowing me that opportunity.

“Moving forward, after speaking with my family following the bowl game, I feel it is in my best interest to concentrate solely on football and academics this spring. I know great things await the baseball program this season and I will be rooting them on every chance I get.”

During the 2015 season, Mahomes threw for 4,653 yards, fourth-most in the country, and 36 touchdowns. He also ran for 456 yards and ten touchdowns, so maybe focusing on football would be the best thing for Mahomes.

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Caleb is a young veteran of the sports journalism world that has a passion for college football, mostly the SEC, but namely the LSU Tigers. He also has an affinity for the Georgia Southern Eagles, because who doesn't love Erk Russell and national championships, right? He has experience working in print and online media as well as broadcasting, working with his high school alma mater football team and the Savannah Bananas.
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