Kingsbury also has the added advantage at Tech of not having to try to fit in to a new environment.
"Kliff's doing a great job of getting them to play at a very confident level with a tremendous amount of energy,'' Holgorsen said. "There's a tremendous amount of excitement surrounding the program. It's not surprising that he was able to get it going there in a short amount of time, based on his past there and how well he knows the fan base and how he knows what the school pride's all about.''
To think that Kingsbury learned all he knows about coaching from Holgorsen, of course, just isn't true. He played under Leach and the Texas Tech staff that set records for offensive production. He branched out under Sumlin at both Houston and Texas A&M.
But Holgorsen's contribution shouldn't be dismissed, either.
"Watching how he game-planned every week, watching how he installed the offense, I learned a ton from him,'' Kingsbury said. "The biggest thing I learned from him - and I think he's a master at it - is adapting to his personnel. He never tried to force a round peg into a square hole. If you don't have the players to run a certain type of offense, well, adapt your offense.
"That's one thing that's always stuck with me. You need to build your offense around the type of players that you have and not vice versa.''
Kingsbury has certainly accomplished that. At Houston he helped polish Case Keenum and a pass-heavy offense. At Texas A&M he helped develop Manziel and tailor the offense to his unique run-pass abilities. And this year at Texas Tech the Red Raiders are both throwing and running the ball effectively with two true freshman quarterbacks.
None of the history between Holgorsen and Kingsbury, though, will matter come Saturday afternoon.
"Every time you play against guys that you like or coached with in the past, you wish them a lot of luck in every game other than one,'' Holgorsen said. "We don't think too much about it, to be honest. We worry about our own team.''
BRIEFLY: Holgorsen on Tuesday said that defensive lineman Christian Brown will miss the rest of the season with an injury suffered during weightlifting. Holgorsen said Brown will take a medical redshirt.
Holgorsen also said that backup safety Wes Tonkery will miss six weeks with a broken thumb, but that linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski is fully healthy after missing time with a hamstring injury.
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