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Press Conference Recap - Week 2

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Kliff Kingsbury, Patrick Mahomes and Luke Stice talk to the media about Saturday’s loss to Arizona State and their presser is recapped here.

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Outside the Huddle

Kliff Kingsbury and Robert Giovannetti discuss Saturday’s game. I know Kliff has been asked over 100 times about controlling the clock more, and I love that he always has the same answer. One thing I took away from this is that when reviewing film it is never as good as you think or as bad as you think.

Kliff Kingsbury Press Conference

Kliff talks a lot about missed opportunities on both sides of the ball. I think the biggest takeaway from the press conference is Kliff saying that he believes in the players and Coach Gibbs. For me, I believe in Coach Gibbs as well. He inherited the type of player that the first staff wanted, which lacks the size that he wants. I think there will eventually be improvement on the defensive side of the ball when players like Desmon Smith, Demarcus Fields (out this year with injury), Kevin Moore and Jordan Brooks gain experience.

Patrick Mahomes and Luke Stice

I direct people how to interact with the media for a living. Patrick comes from the Kliff Kingsbury school of media relations, who comes from the Bill Belichick school of media relations, which is not giving you much to work with. Patrick is great and saying they did things well but need to improve. Patrick is the offense, and with the pressure on his shoulders, it is hard for me to find too much he needs to improve on.

The big takeaway that came from Luke’s interview is that David Gibbs’ defense is predicated on turnovers. Looking at Tech’s losses over the last year and two games, turnovers have definitely changed the tide in many games that Tech ended up winning, specifically thinking about last year’s Arkansas game. The should-have-been turnover Saturday could have been a huge momentum swing and put Tech up two possessions, completely changing the game plan for both teams.

National Media

The ESPN Big 12 blog has their power rankings and it’s not pretty for the Red Raiders

Mahomes named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week via DMN

David Ubben touches on Tech’s defense and gives his power rankings