RETURN OF THE KKING
■ Name: Kliff Kingsbury
■ Age: 33
■ Birthdate: August 9, 1979
■ Hometown: New Braunfels
■ High school: New Braunfels High School. Played for his father, Tim
■ College: Texas Tech, 1998-2002
Professional: 2003-04, New England Patriots (drafted in sixth round); 2004-05: New Orleans Saints; 2005: Denver Broncos/New York Jets; 2006: Buffalo Bills/Cologne Centurions (NFL Europe); 2007: Winnipeg Blue Bombers/Montreal Alouettes (Canadian Football League); 2008: Team Texas (All-American Football League)
Awards/Honors: 2002 Sammy Baugh Award (nation’s top quarterback); 2002 Tangerine Bowl Most Valuable Player; 2002 First-Team All-Big 12 Conference; 2002 Associated Press big 12 Conference Offensive Player of the Year; 2002 Verizon Academic Player of the Year
2008-09: Offensive Quality Control Coach, University of Houston; 2010-11: Co-Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach, University of Houston; 2011: Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach, Texas A&M University
2012: Coached Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel in only season as Texas A&M Offensive Coordinator, helping lead Aggies to 10-2 record and berth in the Cotton Bowl.
2011: Coached Sammy Baugh Award-winning quarterback Case Keenum at the University of Houston. The Cougars led the nation in total offense (599.1 yards per game) and passing offense (450.1 yards per game) while averaging 49 points per game.
KINGSBURY’S TOP 5 GAMES
■ October 19, 2002: Kingsbury broke his own school records (at the time) for completions, attempts and yards in a game by going 49-of-70 for 510 yards and five touchdown passes in a 52-38 victory over Missouri. The 510 yards still ranks as the ninth-best single-game passing yardage performance in Texas Tech history, and the 49 completions still ranks as a school record for a single game.
■ October 5, 2002: The Red Raiders sent a signal to the rest of the Big 12 Conference of their intentions that season and for years to come, overcoming a 35-17 deficit against Texas A&M with 24 fourth-quarter points to send the game into overtime, then winning it on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Kingsbury to Nehemiah Glover. Kingsbury again was masterful, completing 49 of 59 passes for 474 yards and five touchdowns.
■ December 23, 2002: Kingsbury helped lead the Red Raiders to their first bowl victory since the 1995 Weiser Lock Copper Bowl with a 55-15 victory over Clemson in the Mazda Tangerine Bowl in Orlando, Fla. It was a modest night by Kingsbury’s statistical standards as he completed 32 of 43 passes for 375 yards and three TDs. His 74.4 completion percentage still ranks No. 2 in Tech bowl history.
■ September 2, 2000: Kingsbury had his breakout game as a sophomore and showed signs of what Mike Leach’s offense was capable of in a 38-16 victory over Utah State at Jones AT&T Stadium. Kingsbury torched Utah State for 450 yards and three touchdowns on 33-of-47 passing and also ran for a touchdown. Tech finished that year with a berth in the galleryfurniture.com Bowl.
BY THE NUMBERS
2: Number of postseason award winners Kingsbury has coached. Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel won the Heisman Trophy on Saturday, and Case Keenum won the Sammy Baugh Award as a senior in 2011.
16: The jersey number Kingsbury wore as a Red Raider. Ironically, next year’s heir-apparent quarterback, Michael Brewer, wears No. 16.
28.8: Texas Tech record for most yards per completion, set by Kingsbury vs. Oklahoma when he went 9-for-17 for 259 yards.
45: Third-highest single-season touchdown mark Kingsbury recorded in 2002.
49: Number of completions in single game vs. Texas A&M and Missouri, both in 2002. That number still stands for most completions in a game in Tech history.
95: Career touchdowns for Kingsbury, which ranks second all-time in school history.
479: Number of completions for Kingsbury as a senior in 2002, which ranks second all-time in school history.
510: Number of yards thrown for in a 52-38 win over Missouri, which ranks as the ninth-highest single-game yardage total in Tech history.
5,017: The number of total yards Kingsbury threw for as a senior in 2002, which ranks as the fourth-highest total in a single season in school history.
Compiled by George Watson