Berry Tramel


Big 12 football: Kliff Kingsbury talks SEC

by Berry Tramel Modified: July 22, 2013 at 2:25 pm •  Published: July 22, 2013

Kliff Kingsbury made his Big 12 Media Days debut – well, he might have been here as a Tech quarterback back in the day – and many of the questions the new Tech coach were about the Big 12/SEC waltz. A few examples:

* On if he’s happy to be playing against Big 12 defenses, instead of SEC defenses: “Yeah, there’s differences in the league. But there’s so many great teams. The parity in this league, it’s exciting. Week in, week out, everyone feels like they have a chance to win. May not be like that in the other league.”

* On the mobility of expected starting quarterback Michael Brewer, who is different from past Tech QBs, considering Kingsbury coached 2012 Heisman winner Johnny Manziel last season at A&M: “We’re big on having a QB who can extend plays. Doesn’t have to mean a lot of rushing yards. Case Keenum at Houston had great feet. We definitely want a guy who can move  and extend things.”

* On how the Big 12 can make up the difference on the SEC dominance: “Any time you’ve won seven national championship in a row, it’s hard to dispute that. But it’s great defenses, great coaches in that league. I think it’s cyclical, in a way. The Big 12 may be making the same sort of run.”

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The...
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