Anyone that has followed Texas Tech football since
the early 2000s, the name Kliff Kingsbury is not an unknown name to them.
Kingsbury is remembered as being the first
quarterback to benefit from the “air raid” style offense that former Tech head
coach and current Washington State head coach Mike Leach implemented when he
got to Lubbock.
Kingsbury left his mark at Tech by throwing for
12,054 yards and 1,199 completions in his career wearing the red and black.
Current Kansas head coach Charlie Weis, who was the
offensive coordinator with the New England Patriots when Kingsbury was playing
at Tech, said he remembers the style of offense Kingsbury played in while at
that I was intrigued about back
when he was playing at Texas
Tech is that they never called a run,” Weis said. “The entire year they didn't
call a run. Every play was a pass that you could check to a run. I had never
heard of that before.”
only got the opportunity to watch Kingsbury play in college but also take the
practice field in the NFL.
England Patriots selected Kingsbury with the 201st pick in 2003 NFL Draft and
spent his rookie season on the injury reserve list.
Of course at
that time Kingsbury had a few guys in front of him on the depth chart for quarterback
including Tom Brady.
remembers his time around Kingsbury with the Patriots and is not surprised with
the success he has had as a coach thus far.
“Kliff was a
pleasure to be around,” Weis said. “He obviously had some guys ahead of him
that are Hall of Fame-type people that he was behind, but I can tell you that
he was a pleasure to be around and he was a sponge, and him having early
success in his coaching career has come as no great surprise to me.”
started his coaching career at Houston before following Kevin Sumlin to Texas
A&M and the SEC last season where his successful rise in the coaching world
has coached some big name quarterbacks in his coaching career so far including
Case Keenum at Houston and of course Johnny Manziel, the 2012 Heisman Trophy
winner, at Texas A&M.
Kingsbury will have another chance to mold a young quarterback into a possible
future college and even NFL star but now at his alma mater.
has had that same opportunity during the past eight years at Oklahoma State,
his alma mater.
has coached players like Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon, said having
Kingsbury back in Lubbock will be exciting for everyone, including the new head
“Kliff is a
smart guy,” Gundy said. “He's had success. He's obviously got good pedigree.
He's been trained by one of the best in the game, and I'm sure that he's very
excited to be back in Lubbock and will definitely bring more excitement for you
guys and for the fans to Big 12 football.”