Friday, March 22, 2013
Tech's Kingsbury talks offense, uniforms
By David Ubben
I hope you guys enjoyed our look at new Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury on Wednesday as part of our week-long look at first-year coaches. You can see my column here, as well as another look from colleague Travis Haney.
There was plenty of interesting stuff Kingsbury and I covered that didn't make the piece. Here are a few nuggets that had to be cut from Wednesday's post.
It's been awhile since Texas Tech's had a truly mobile quarterback, with the exception of Steven Sheffield, whose legs were hardly used in the Red Raiders' offense under Mike Leach and in Tommy Tuberville's first season.
Texas Tech's offensive identity is still being pieced together, but you can bet there will be a whole lot of spread concepts in Kingsbury's playbook. How much will the Red Raiders use Brewer's legs, though? He used them a decent amount in limited duty behind Seth Doege a year ago after running for more than 1,200 yards in his final two seasons of high school football.
"I don’t know if he can run like the one we had last year, but I don’t know anybody else in the world who can," Kingsbury said of Texas A&M Heisman trophy winner Johnny Manziel. "We’ll play to the quarterbacks’ strengths in this offense just like we did then, so we’ll see who becomes the starter this spring and how it shakes out."
I don't really buy Kingsbury's assertion that there's a real quarterback competition in Lubbock this spring, but there's something to be said for not handing him the job immediately when he hasn't truly proven anything on the field. However, there's little potential for real competition for Brewer on the roster.
Either way, that's one thing I really can't wait to see in Texas Tech's offense. Oklahoma had a decent defense that struggled late in the season, but you saw how much trouble Manziel gave them in the Cotton Bowl. The rest of the Big 12 wouldn't have had much more success, and if Brewer can do anything similar, Tech's going to have big success in Year 1.
Kingsbury's hand in Tech fashion
Kingsbury's contract is public record as an employee of a public university, and within that contract was a clause that allowed him to have "creative license" in the Red Raiders' uniforms.
"I just like to have a hand in things of that nature," Kingsbury said. "It’s a big part of today’s game, kids with the social media and like the style and fashion aspect of college football, so I wanted to make sure I had a hand in that."
For coaches, the uniforms arms race is all about one thing: Recruiting. It doesn't much matter what boosters, alumni or media think. Players love them, and even staunch traditionalists like Nebraska have given in to the trend in recent seasons. Don't be surprised if Tech, which has always had a few alternate looks (I loved the white helmet returning under Tuberville), gets a makeover soon.
"Some traditionalists keep their jerseys. Some are willing to change and have a fresher, hipper look," Kingsbury said, "so it’s kind of a case by case deal."
It's safe to say Tech is in the latter group, and absolutely should stay there.