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ASU vs. Texas Tech: 10 Patrick Mahomes plays that will make you (excitedly) nervous

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Texas Tech may or may not have a cheat code on their side.

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There have been plenty of collegiate quarterbacks over the years who thrived in the "Air Raid" passing offense, despite maybe not being considered to be the complete package at the position. Those players have come and gone, some even proving to be fool’s gold at the next level.

Let’s get one thing straight here: Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes is, indeed, the complete package. He’s not fool’s gold.

Checking in at a barreling 6-foot-3, 230 pounds and assembled with a cannon arm, an incredible understanding of the system he’s in, great elusiveness, and an outstanding pedigree, it’s no surprise that Mahomes is considered to be the best quarterback in the Big 12.

The case can be made he’s even the best in the entire nation and, depending on how important the factor of potential is, he very well may be.

During the week, defensive coach T.J. Rushing compared Mahomes to a Brett Favre-type player. He may resemble Favre’s old understudy a bit more.

The intention of this post? Not to instill fear, but to appreciate the caliber of opponent the Sun Devils will be welcoming into their stadium this weekend. It’s to get you, the reader, as excited as the players are about facing Mahomes.

While sometimes intimidating, taking on the best of the best can only make a team better, and at the very least expose issues that need to be addressed.

With that said, let’s marvel at this weekend’s opposing quarterback in just 10 plays. And with every bit of nervousness that begins to emerge, we suggest you feel a rising excitement that the Red Raiders quarterback will be throwing the ball around in your own yard! Neat.

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Arm Strength

1.) Mahomes has a big arm. A big arm that makes this throw look effortless.

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2.) Defensive lineman thought he could jump the count. His buddy over there at cornerback paid a steep price for it.

Mahomes gets free play
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3.) Don’t let the receiver behind you, or Pat will find you.

Patrick Mahomes (TTU QB) vs Baylor 2015
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4.) Off of his back foot. Bucket.

Patrick Mahomes(Texas Tech QB) vs Texas 2015
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5.) Placement in a spot where only the receiver was catching it.

Patrick Mahomes vs TCU 2015
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Using His Head & Legs

6.) He’s also pretty good at scrambling around and creating something out of nothing.

Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes vs LSU December 29 2015
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7.) Nothing’s there, which means something is actually there for Patrick. Patrick doesn’t care that nothing’s there.

Mahomes Machine
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8.) Fourth-and-14? Okay. No problem. Cool-hand Pat is all business.

Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes vs LSU December 29 2015
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9.) Took away the screen. Took away the vertical route. Didn’t take away his legs.

Patrick Mahomes(Texas Tech QB) vs Texas 2015
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10.) Run. Pass. Option. Final option pass.

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Bonus: The Flex. If Mahomes is flexing, it’s probably not a good sign for ASU.

Patrick Mahomes(Texas Tech QB) vs Texas 2015
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