Weis, Gundy Weigh in on Kingsbury

Managing Editor
Posted Jul 24, 2013


Kansas head coach Charlie Weis and Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy both spoke about Kliff Kingsbury being back in the Big 12.

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 Tech.

“One thing 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.”

Weis not only got the opportunity to watch Kingsbury play in college but also take the practice field in the NFL.

The New 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.

Weis 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.”

Kingsbury 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 continued.

Kingsbury 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.

Now 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.

Mike Gundy has had that same opportunity during the past eight years at Oklahoma State, his alma mater.

Gundy, who has coached players like Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon, said having Kingsbury back in Lubbock will be exciting for everyone, including the new head coach.

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.”



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