Honoring Jess Stiles
Texas Tech will honor the late Jess Stiles in several ways today: with a pre-game moment of silence, a halftime video tribute and stickers on the Red Raiders’ helmets.
Stiles was a Tech assistant coach, administrator and unofficial ambassador from the time he was hired by JT King in 1969 until he died in June at age 83. Stiles attended Tech practices daily, including Kliff Kingsbury’s first spring workouts this year.
50 years of Double-T
The 2013 season marks the 50-year anniversary of Texas Tech putting its double-T logo on football helmets. King was the first coach to do it, and the double-T has remained there ever since.
Before the 1963 season, the Red Raiders’ helmets had each player’s jersey number on the side. The double-T on the helmet has evolved over the years with a 3-D version and the latest incarnation that changes tone depending on the viewing angle .
Texas Tech got a lot of production out of the Raider outside linebacker position last week at SMU as Terrance Bullitt and Austin Stewart stood out. Bullitt was in on seven tackles, including a sack. Stewart, his backup, was credited with a team-high eight tackles and broke up two passes.
New coach Mike Smith decided to call the position “Raider” as a nod to a similar spot in 1990s Tech defenses in which Marcus Coleman made all-American.