Contact between Tech's new coaching staff and current players has been limited to this point, per NCAA rules, but Tech quarterback Michael Brewer said he can sense the energy the young coaches will bring just by being in the football building.
"The energy is electric," said Brewer, the sophomore quarterback who is expected to take the starting reigns from Seth Doege. "I was telling somebody the other day that I visted Tech my junior year when coach (Mike) Leach was here, and I saw it then, and then when coach (Tommy) Tuberville and coach (Neal) Brown were here, that the energy level is just through the roof.
"Everybody here in the facility is jacked up about it. The community is excited about it. You look across the room and see guys like Kliff Kingsbury, Mike Smith, Eric Morris and Kevin Curtis, guys who have played football here at Texas Tech. They know what it's like to be a collegiate football player here, so the comfort level is tremendous."
Brewer said he's been working hard with the rest of his teammates during voluntary conditioning and is looking forward to spring practice in March, when he'll have the first opportunity to turn the keys of Kingsbury's offense, one he says will be "wide open."
"It's kind of going to be a combination of what Coach Leach had here and what Coach Brown had here," Brewer said. "It's going to give the quarterback a lot more freedom. I feel like a lot of the things he's going to give me the liberty to do is going to help us a lot because it kind of fits some of my skill set.
"We're going to spread the ball around, going to be good at running the ball. We're going to have a good game plan each week. We have some of the best coaches around, so it's going to be a lot of fun."
Brewer said he expects to be moved out of the pocket plenty in the new system, similar to the way Case Keenum at Houston and Johnny Manziel at Texas A&M were used under Kingsbury's direction.
"First of all, I want to be more accurate," Brewer said. "I think as a quarterback you can never be too accuarate. I'v been working on that and getting the ball out faster. That's one thing, getting the ball out fast, to get the ball in people like Jakeem Grant's hands in space, they can do big things.
"And then throwing on the run. I'm probably going to be moving the pocket a little bit and running around a little a bit, so you've got to be good at throwing on the run. It's something I've done in the past, but I'm just trying to keep my accuracy up doing that."