You see the Jumbotron, you'll see the new uniforms, and you already know the new head coach. Texas Tech has a new look this 2013 season.
"It's been crazy, a lot of changes, but changes for the good. Kliff -- as soon as he got here -- he's been working on bringing Tech back to the top."
"It's been busy. And each day you learn something new and you move on to a new task."
One of the biggest tasks Kingsbury has is changing the team's mindset. Helping him along the way is a new coaching staff, a majority of them who played alongside him.
"I wanted guys who understood Texas Tech, understood the West Texas culture, and what this place is all about, and all those guys had great jobs but reached out to me."
Another task on the table is deciding who will lead the Air Raid offense. Kingsbury has said he won't announce the starting quarterback yet, but regardless of who wins the competition, the tutelage he brings is priceless.
"It's special that he played here and did so well here, so he's able to relate on a whole 'nother level, and you know -- most people don't get that -- especially playing the quarterback position."
"That's why I got into this profession, was to help mentor quarterbacks, and it kinda grew from there. But both those guys had great springs. Very competitive, and we feel like we can win games with both guys, and so we'll see who shakes out as the starter."
Returning from a season-ending knee injury is Odessa's own Bradley Marquez, who projects to be a starting wideout, and is eager to show everyone what he can do.
"I feel like it's my time to contribute. This is going into my third year now and I feel like I got some experience now and I feel ready to show everyone what I can do."
Across the other side of the ball, it's the defense who's looking to prove they too can make an impact. And with new defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt calling the plays, the players say expect more takeaways.
"It's going to be a change around Texas Tech, you know, I'm not saying the offense is not gonna still score touchdowns, but, you know, the defense is going to make a lot more stops than we had in the past decade."
Texas Tech opens the season August 30th at SMU. Reporting from Lubbock, Matthew Villanueva, Big 2 Sports.
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