Texas A&M Football: Meet Kliff Kingsbury, Offensive Coordinator of the Aggies
Every Monday, The SEC Blog will feature an assistant coach in the SEC. This week, we take a look at Texas A&M offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury.
Texas A&M offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Kliff Kingsbury is best known for his time at quarterback for Texas Tech, but he is becoming a rising star in coaching circles.
Kingsbury was named Offensive Coordinator of the Year by FootballScoop.com last season while with current Aggie head coach Kevin Sumlin at Houston. Under the leadership of quarterback Case Keenum, Kingsbury's offense led the nation in total offense (599 yards per game), passing offense (450.1 yards per game) and scoring offense (49.3 points per game).
Not bad credentials to say the least.
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He bounced around several professional leagues as a player before taking a quality control position for Houston in 2008. He spent two seasons in that role before taking over as co-offensive coordinator for the 2010 season.
But Kingsbury's not at Houston anymore, and his new team, Texas A&M, isn't in the Big 12 either.
Kingsbury is up for the challenge of coaching in the SEC and is excited about stepping into a situation with a ton of talent, according to the Bryan-College Station Eagle:
The one good thing here is we fell into an offense that has really good players and has been successful. It's not like we're taking the 100th ranked offense. They know how to be successful, they know how to score points and they've been a part of an offense that works so that has made the transition much easier. They have talented players that fit our system already in place.
Where will Kliff Kingsbury's Texas A&M offense rank in the SEC in 2012?
But will Kingsbury's offense—which is the air-raid offense similar to the one Kingsbury ran while playing at Texas Tech under Mike Leach—work in the SEC?
I've already shared my skepticism on the matter.
No matter what happens, watching Texas A&M transition into the SEC will be one of the more intriguing storylines this season in the SEC.
We've heard SEC coordinators say before that they want to get the ball in the hands of playmakers, but the combination of A&M's transition to the conference and the switch to the air-raid offense makes the Aggies' situation extremely unique.
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