Kingsbury: The Quarterback Whisperer

Kingsbury: The Quarterback Whisperer

With Kliff Kingsbury coming to Texas Tech, we look back at what can be considered an impressive stretch of gunslingers he as coached. So far two, Case Keenum and Johnny "Football" Manziel.

It is no secret that any quarterback that has been under the direct influence and coaching by Kliff Kingsbury has found considerable success.

Two names that come to mind immediately are Case Keenum and the newest member of the Heisman Trophy fraternity, Johnny Manziel.

Keenum, a current quarterback on the practice squad for the Houston Texans, completed his five-season career, 2006-2011, at the University of Houston leaving as the NCAA's all-time leader in passing yards, touchdowns and completions.

The Abilene, Texas native finished with 1,546 completions for 19,217 yards and 155 of those passes ended up in the end zone for a touchdown.

Keenum in 2009 and 2011 finished No. 1 in the country in total offense, and in those same seasons finished ranked No. 6 and No. 4, respectively, in passing efficiency.

In his one season with Kingsbury as the quarterbacks coach, Keenum finished 428-for-604 for 5,631 yards and 48 touchdowns.  

With those kinds of numbers and the coaching of Kingsbury, Keenum followed in the footsteps of the great Tech gunslinger, winning the Sammy Baugh Trophy, given to the nation's top passer, in 2009 and 2011, an award Kingsbury won in 2002.

The other brainchild of Kingsbury was of course "Johnny Football".

Johnny Manziel, a red-shirt freshman, from Kerrville, Texas took the SEC and country by storm when he took over the reins of the Texas A&M offense on September 8 against Florida.

The Aggies would lose that game to the Gators, but after that Manziel led Texas A&M to only lose one more game and finish the 2012 campaign 10-2 overall and bound for the Cotton Bowl in Dallas on January 4, when Texas A&M will meet up with former Big 12 Conference mate, Oklahoma.

En route to a very successful debut season in the SEC, Manziel finished going 27-3-for-400 for 3,419 yards and 24 touchdowns.

Along with his ability to throw, Manziel showed his running skills, finishing with 1,189 yards rushing with 19 touchdowns.

At the end of the season, Manziel's stellar freshman campaign did not go unnoticed as he hoisted on of the most prestigious trophies, one that Keenum and Kingsbury never won – the Heisman.

With the success of both Keenum and Manziel, Kingsbury walks into the right situation.

 In the 2013 season he will be faced with a brand new quarterback situation as Michael Brewer steps into the spotlight.

Brewer, who ironically wears the exact same number, 16, as Kingsbury did in his time at Tech, enters his first season as the leader in contention for the starting quarterback spot.

This will be the third gunslinger Kingsbury will have the opportunity to work with directly and get to mold him from the beginning, like he did with Manziel.

Now, Brewer is no Johnny Football, or at least has not had the opportunity to prove otherwise, but has a chance to be something special at Tech with one of the most prolific passers in Red Raider history coaching him week in and week out, starting now.

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