Tech coach says offense lacking in last year's game
Kansas has lost 17 of its last 18 games, but Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury clearly has his talking points ready to keep the Red Raiders from overlooking the Jayhawks. The two teams play Thursday night at Jones AT&T Stadium in a Big 12 opener, and Kingsbury on Monday said his offense played its worst game last year at Kansas.
“It was unenergetic. It was bad coaching. Bad playing offensively,” Kingsbury said at his weekly press conference. “The defense played great. Offensively, it was a joke, so we have been working hard to correct that this year.”
Kansas has lost 17 of its last 18 games, but Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury clearly has his talking points ready as he tries to keep the Red Raiders from overlooking the Jayhawks. The two teams play Thursday night at Jones AT&T Stadium in a Big 12 opener, and Kingsbury on Monday said his offense played its worst game last year at Kansas.
“It was unenergetic. It was bad coaching. Bad playing offensively,” Kingsbury said. “The defense played great. Offensively, it was a joke, so we have been working hard to correct that this year.”
Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury and quarterback Patrick Mahomes II spent the offseason harping on two areas in which Mahomes needed to improve: fewer interceptions and a higher completion percentage.
The number in the first column last season was 15, in the other 63.5.
Through three games this season, the junior from Whitehouse has two interceptions and a 71.2 percent completion rate.
Kingsbury was asked Monday if the emphasis was paying off.
Kliff Kingsbury was browsing the internet last season when he came across an article — “A Quarterback and His Game Plan, Part I: Five Days to Learn 171 Plays.”
The story on the website Monday Morning Quarterback about Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer intrigued Kingsbury beyond the Xs and Os. It was the first time he had heard of using Oculus virtual reality goggles to prepare for a game.
Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said Monday he expects starting offensive tackle Terence Steele and defensive end Zach Barnes to play in Thursday’s game against Kansas. Steele came out of the last game against Louisiana Tech with an ankle injury, and Barnes missed the last two games with a knee injury.
Kingsbury said both practiced last week, when the Red Raiders had an open date. Last week, Kingsbury said starting cornerback D.J. Polite-Bray also will return from the shoulder injury that prompted his exit for most of the game against Louisiana Tech.
Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury says he likes Les Miles and thinks Miles is “a phenomenal coach,” but he understands the culture of college football. So he’s realistic about LSU’s decision to fire its 12th-year head coach on Sunday.
“I’m sure he’ll land on his feet very soon,” Kingsbury said at Tech’s weekly Monday press conference. “I thought he did a great job there, but you know what you’re getting yourself into, and nobody is going to feel sorry for somebody making five millions dollars a year, and it’s part of the profession.”
Tech ponders possibilities for next addition to stadium
LUBBOCK, March 2030 — Red Raider Robert can’t wait for the weekend. He’s taking off work on Friday and heading to Lubbock, where Texas Tech has a jam-packed sports plate: a baseball series starting Friday, a track meet and the spring football game Saturday and a tennis match Sunday.
Robert’s loading up the family, taking a fellow Tech grad co-worker and planning for a wonderful time.
Texas Tech’s been in no hurry to replace the FieldTurf at Jones AT&T Stadium and the surface installed in the summer of 2006 is now in its 11th season.
An expert in the field of turf and related injuries indicates the Red Raiders likely have nothing to worry about.
“I would anticipate this turf-field replacement being in the next year or two,” Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt said this month. “We had intentions of replacing it prior to this season.
Tech cornerback Madison to transfer
Tevin Madison confirmed Wednesday he plans to transfer from Texas Tech.
The cornerback was confirmed to be no longer with the team, shortly after the Red Raiders’ win over Louisiana Tech on Saturday by Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury.
Wednesday, Madison posted on Twitter, his intent to transfer.
His coaches have been known to call D’Vonta Hinton the “Hit Man.” For the time being, another description fits the Texas Tech linebacker: “Hurtin’ Hinton.”
Hinton might’ve looked like he was back to his old self Saturday, getting in on six tackles against Louisiana Tech while making at least four plays at or around the line of scrimmage. Don’t be fooled, Hinton says. His injured left ankle still hurts a lot.
Riverside CC running back picks Texas Tech
Tyree Range’s college-football aspirations took a hit two years ago when he suffered two torn knee ligaments and a torn cartilage. Now he believes he’s better off.
The 6-foot-1, 225-pound running back just started his freshman season at Riverside (Calif.) City College, and on Tuesday he made an oral commitment to Texas Tech.
Texas Tech has used 11 true freshmen this season, and that’ll be it, coach Kliff Kingsbury said Tuesday, unless injuries dictate otherwise.
That means the Red Raiders will try, from here on out, to redshirt five of the six high-school defensive linemen they signed for 2016. From that group, only defensive tackle Joe Wallace from Dallas Skyline has played.
With Texas Tech having an open date Saturday, the Red Raiders are practicing Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday morning. The latter will be the equivalent of a Monday game-week practice to start preparation for Tech’s Sept. 29 home game against Kansas. Players will be off Wednesday for schoolwork and rest and again Friday while coaches scatter to recruit. ... Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said Tuesday it’s too early to tell whether starting OT Terence Steele (left ankle) will return for the Kansas game.
Da’Leon Ward’s path to playing time at running back appears blocked in the short term, but Texas Tech coaches decided to use the true freshman for what he can bring to special teams.
The Dallas Skyline product tackled a Louisiana Tech kickoff returner at the Bulldogs’ 19-yard line Saturday.
Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said Tuesday he thinks Ward’s getting into the fray will help his development, even if his role doesn’t expand this season.
Freshman flanker T.J. Vasher made a good impression in preseaon practice and played in the season opener, but might have fallen from favor.
Responding Tuesday to a question about the 6-foot-5 wide receiver from Wichita Falls Rider, Kliff Kingsbury said, “He’s got to grow up off the field. His approach isn’t where it needs to be, or anywhere close. Physically, he’s very gifted, but he’s got to grow up.”
Kingsbury said an ankle injury that bothered Vasher early in the season isn’t an issue.
“He’s fully healthy,” Kingsbury said. “He’s just got to mature.”