Kingsbury: Not disappointed in Jonathan Giles, but 'asking him to do more'

Jonathan Giles ranks among the top 20 receivers in the FBS this season for catches, yards and touchdowns, but he played only a little Saturday at Iowa State.

Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury indicated Monday there was nothing wrong with Giles, other than Keke Coutee making a better impression lately.

“We just felt like Keke had done a great job practicing and felt like Jonathan had some things he’s got to work on and contribute more to this team,” Kingsbury said. “We know he’s a great pass catcher, can do some good things with the ball in his hands, but there’s things away from the football that he’s got to continue to work on.”

Asked if he was saying Giles needed to block better, Kingsbury responded, “Yeah, there’s some of that. Practice at a higher intensity. Play at a higher intensity when the ball’s not coming your way. Just different things.

“And he’s still learning the position. I don’t think it’s a situation where we’re disappointed in him. He’s a true sophomore. He’s had some great moments. We’re just asking him to do more as a player.”

Giles played briefly but didn’t catch a pass Saturday in the 66-10 loss to Iowa State, keeping his season totals at 65 receptions for 1,076 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Coutee led the Red Raiders with eight catches for 115 yards and a touchdown.

 

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