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Tech's Kingsbury Raves About WVU RB Sims


Kliff Kingsbury may never have been to Morgantown, but when he makes the trip in October, he will be no stranger to at least two of the people standing on the opposite sideline.

The rookie head coach at Texas Tech was on hand Monday for the start of the Big 12 Media Days and fielded questions about his expectations going into year one back at his alma mater. Kingsbury played quarterback for the Red Raiders from 1998 through 2002, spending time with the program when West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen was in charge of Kingsbury's wide receivers.

Years later, with Kingsbury serving as an assistant coach, he and Holgorsen were together again, this time on the same staff with the University of Houston. Kingsbury went on to coach with Houston's Kevin Sumlin after Holgorsen had left for Oklahoma State and ultimately, he followed Sumlin to Texas A&M, where he served as offensive coordinator a year ago.

Now, as the Texas Tech head coach, he's looking forward to that Oct. 19 meeting in Morgantown for a chance to see one of his old mentors again, this time as his peer.

"That'll be a surreal feeling going out there and shaking his hand before the game," said Kingsbury. "I have so much respect for him and what he's done for my career and it should be a heck of a football game. I've heard the atmosphere in Morgantown's incredible, so I'm really looking forward to it."

Last year, with Tommy Tuberville at the head of the program, Texas Tech handled the Mountaineers in Lubbock. From the start of the game, it was quite clear which team showed up ready to play and which may have still be riding a little too high from the previous week's win in Austin. Whatever the reason, WVU's offense could not get itself rolling and the Red Raiders capitalized.

This year, many of the names that accounted for the success West Virginia was able to have on offense are gone. Among those players who will be tasked with picking up the slack and providing real production is Houston transfer Charles Sims.

Kingsbury served as OC for Sims during some of his time with the Cougars and he recognizes the sort of player the Mountaineers have gotten in securing his talents.

"He's one of my favorite players I've ever coached," said Kingsbury. "Dynamic, he can catch, he can run, he can be a receiver and he's one of the hardest working, best kids you'll ever be around. I'm really happy he got reunited with Dana. Not happy we have to play against them, but I think it's a great fit for both of those guys and I expect him to do great things up there."

Sims played in just nine games last season for Houston, but still managed more yards (851) than any rusher for WVU. This year, he comes in as the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year in the preseason poll, clearly carrying with him high expectations as a player who nearly took his chances at playing professionally before deciding to join the Mountaineers.

Holgorsen's offensive schemes have always put great focus on the passing game, but Kingsbury believes there will be real attention paid to the ground attack with Sims in the backfield.

"He's great at adapting to his personnel and using people in the right positions," Kingsbury said of Holgorsen. "He'll move Charles around, get him the ball in a number of different ways. That kid already knows the system and he'll come right in and I expect him to have a great year."

It is quite clear that Kingsbury believes his old coach got himself a great talent in picking up Sims this offseason. 

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