By Jamie Lent of Double T 104.3
Dallas--Kliff Kingsbury may have brought the Air Raid offense back to Texas Tech, but the 1st year Red Raider Head Coach spent much of the opening day of Big 12 Media Days instead speaking about his defense.
Texas Tech is coming off a year in which the defense allowed 436 yards per game in Big 12 action finishing fourth in the conference. Kingsbury told Double T 1043's The Bottom Line he would like to see that improve "We definitely have to be better on that side, but I'm really excited about our defense. I am really pleased with the progress that we made in the spring".
The Red Raiders will be going with their fifth Defensive Coordinator in as many seasons as Matt Wallerstedt takes over for Art Kaufman in 2013. Kingsbury worked along side Wallerstedt at Texas A&M and likes his defensive style, "He's very aggressive with attacking schemes. The team has really picked up the scheme well and has had no problems learning it. They guys seem to really be enjoying the style. Hopefully guys will continue to feel more and more comfortable through fall camp".
If Tech is going to improve the defense in 2013, forcing turnovers will need to be priority. The Red Raiders had just eight interceptions last year while recovering three fumbles. The former Red Raider QB says forcing turnovers is the focus defensively heading into the fall. "That's been point number one. In this league, teams are going to get their yards. With this many great offenses, you've got to be able to take a few away and slow them down in the red zone. As much as you can keep in the players minds we tell them when you have a chance to take the ball over and the ball is in the air, go get it".
With Media Days out of the way Kingsbury and staff can now focus on "going to get it" against SMU and the rest of the 2013 schedule. The Red Raiders begin the year August 30th against the Ponies.