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Kingsbury's effect on Texas Tech

How Red Raiders offense can hit the ground running in coach's first year

Updated: July 3, 2013, 10:43 AM ET
By KC Joyner | ESPN Insider

The Texas Tech Red Raiders are in the midst of what looks like a potentially tough transition. New coach Kliff Kingsbury is the fifth head coach this program has had since 2009, if you count interim coaches. New co-offensive coordinators Sonny Cumbie and Eric Morris are in their first year in that role and the Red Raiders return only five offensive starters, tied for 106th nationally.

With that level of change on the horizon, it might look to be difficult for this team to keep up its longstanding pace as one of the best passing offenses in college football. ESPN Stats & Information has Texas Tech ranked first in the nation in passing yards per game since the 2004 season.

So what can Kingsbury & Co. do to make this a smooth process and keep the Red Raiders ranked as one of the most productive aerial platoons around? A game tape and metric review shows that there are more than a few items that could help them achieve this goal.

Let's start with personnel, as the losses here aren't anywhere near as bad as they appear at first glance.

Texas Tech has three returning skill position players, which isn't a dominant number nationally (tied for 75th), but only two teams in the Big 12 (Texas and Oklahoma State) have more returning skill position starters.

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