Now only 11 years later, a season after serving as Texas A&M’s offensive coordinator with Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel, Kingsbury is the Red Raiders head coach.
“You have those (surreal) moments, but you try not to let it overwhelm you. You just attack each and every day, how can I make this program better today. That’s all I’ve done since I’ve been there,” Kingsbury said. “The first couple days you get the job, you sit in your office, what do I do next? It’s been amazing.”
The reception we’ve had for Texas Tech and watching all the fans get back on board and pushing this program in the right direction has been incredible.”
Oklahoma State has averaged 46 points a game over the past three seasons, and even with a new offensive coordinator, Gundy plans for his team to play even faster this season. The Cowboys do have two sophomore quarterbacks (J.W. Walsh and Clint Chelf) who started multiple games last season and receiver Josh Stewart (third in Big 12 with 7.8 catches a game last season).
Kingsbury will incorporate his own high-tempo offense with the Red Raiders, no surprise considering what he did as a player and as a coach at Houston and Texas A&M.
“Kliff is a smart guy. He’s had success. He’s obviously got good pedigree,” Gundy said. “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.”
The Red Raiders still have to determine a starting quarterback. Sophomore Michael Brewer or highly touted freshman Davis Webb are competing to take over for Seth Doege, who threw for 8,646 yards the past four years.