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Texas Tech QB Mahomes doing ‘OK’ with ailing shoulder

Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who leads the nation’s FBS players in passing yards and total offense, is “doing OK” in efforts to rebound from a strained throwing shoulder sustained Sept. 29 against Kansas.

Mahomes experienced some soreness while throwing for 504 yards and two touchdowns during last week’s 44-38 loss to Kansas State, Kingsbury said during Monday’s conference call with Big 12 coaches. It marked Mahomes’ first action since the injury surfaced. Mahomes also rushed for three touchdowns against the Wildcats.

“He powered through it. You could tell his shoulder was bothering him a little bit late in the game but he kept playing,” Kingbury said. “A lot of guys might have sat out.”

Kingsbury indicated he expects Mahomes, who averages 454.8 passing yards and 487.2 yards per game in total offense, to be available for Saturday’s contest in Lubbock against No. 20 West Virginia (11 a.m., FS1).

“I have a lot of respect for that young man,” Kingsbury said.

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