LUBBOCK, Texas —
“Since day one, I told them we’re going to cut it loose and make sure you’re having fun and you’re confident when you’re out there,” he said. “As long as you’re going 100 percent if you make a mistake, we’ll live with it. It’s when you’re out there playing hesitant that we’ll have to get on you.”
His mental toughness as a player, both in college and the pros, and from his time as Johnny Manziel’s coach last season at Texas A&M also is rubbing off. The past two weeks, the Red Raiders have come from behind to beat Iowa State and West Virginia. Last week, freshman backup quarterback Davis Webb led the Red Raiders to a come-from-behind 37-27 win after they trailed by 11 late in the third quarter.
Kingsbury, who played at Texas Tech from 1999 to 2002, told reporters after the game that Davis’ leadership personified what could become the team’s mantra: “Fortune favors the bold.”
Davis and his teammates showed they won’t wait for opportunities. They’ll create them.
“They’ve stepped up and made some big time plays in some crucial moments,” said Kingbury, who brought in four other former Red Raiders as coaches. “So that’s been fun to see them do that and then the confidence they’ve gained from those moments.”
Jace Amaro, one of the favorite receivers for Davis and Baker Mayfield — who started the first five games but twisted his right knee at Kansas — said Kingsbury is more of a peer than was former Red Raiders coach Tommy Tuberville, who left in December for Cinncinati.
“It just makes him almost like another player on our team,” said Amaro, who leads the conference in receptions per game with 56 catches for 742 yards. “He brings a lot of fire to our team and a lot of energy. It just helps us because we know he’s been there just a couple years ago.”