Although last year’s top receiver has moved on to the NFL, Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury offered a statement Monday about the Red Raiders’ receiver rotation that should raise eyebrows for opponents this season.
“Receiver-wise, this is the most depth I’ve ever had as a play-caller,” Kingsbury said during Monday’s teleconference with Big 12 coaches. “We’re basically three-deep across the board, even if there’s a lot of guys you haven’t heard of yet.”
The significance of that statement should not be taken lightly. Kingsbury was Texas A&M’s play-caller in 2012 when quarterback Johnny Manziel won the Heisman Trophy by distributing the ball to a deep corps of receivers led by Ryan Swope. The Red Raiders return quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who led the nation in total offense last season (393 yards per game), including 4,653 passing yards and 36 TD passes.
Although Jakeem Grant (90 catches, 1,268 yards, 10 TDs) is now an NFL rookie, the list of Mahomes targets includes returnees Devin Lauderdale (43 catches, 639 yards, 4 TDs) and Reggie Davis (38 catches, 536 yards, 8 TDs) and is bolstered by Derrick Willies, a JC All-American who enrolled in January.
Kingsbury said he also envisions breakout seasons for Keke Coutee and Jonathan Giles, who saw limited duty last season. Kingsbury said he runs the risk of having too many capable targets to keep everyone happy in Saturday’s opener against Stephen F. Austin (7 p.m., FSN).
“That’s a good problem to have,” Kingsbury said.