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Look: Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech Had First Offer to Heisman Winner Bryce Young

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Incase you needed a reminder that while Kliff Kingsbury didn’t achieve what many had hoped for at Texas Tech, the man is a damn good evaluator of the quarterback position.

After Alabama QB Bryce Young won the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night in New York City, an old tweet started making the rounds on social media of Young sharing his first offer, which came while he was in 8th grade from then Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury.

Here’s a look at the tweet.

 

Young turned into a five-star prospect and ended up at Alabama where he effectively replaced Mac Jones, who was selected in the NFL Draft by the Patriots, and has led the Crimson Tide to the No. 1 seed in the College Football Playoff.

Interesting, this tweet came just months before Patrick Mahomes finished up his impressive career with the Red Raiders and then followed up with him being a Top 10 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Kingsbury is now the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals and his team is in first place in the NFC West with another one of his former prospects, Kyler Murray, leading the way. Kingsbury has known Murray since he was a high school recruit out of Texas and Murray ultimately picked Texas A&M, where Kingsbury was for one year before becoming the head coach at his alma mater. Murray then transferred to Oklahoma where he won the Heisman and Kingsbury made Murray the top pick in the 2019 NFL Draft after he landed the Cardinals job.

So while there’s certainly criticism that can be levied at Kingsbury during his time at Tech, evaluating quarterbacks is definitely not one of them.

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