Kliff Kingsbury has returned to Lubbock and led the Texas Tech Red Raiders to a fantastic 6-0 start for the best start of any rookie head coach in the history of the Tech program. The Air Raid has made its triumphant return along with Kingsbury as the Raiders rank No. 3 in passing yards per game (408.8) and No. 14 in points per game (41.8), despite starting two freshman quarterbacks after losing preseason projected starter Michael Brewer to injury. The key for this offensive resurgence has been the dominant performance of tight end Jace Amaro.
On the season, Amaro has caught 47 passes for 606 yards and a touchdown and ranks as the No. 21 pass catcher in the country, averaging 101 yards receiving per game. He has burst onto the scene as the best tight end in the country this season, gaining more than 200 yards more than the second best receiving tight end, and posing a major headache for defensive coordinators in the Big 12. While the conference is filled with high-flying, pass-happy offenses, few of them utilize a pass-catching tight end and none of them are nearly as talented as Amaro, making him a unique asset for Kingsbury’s offense.
This offense relies heavily on him to win battles across the middle of the field. He’s proven more than capable and has excelled at being a safety net for the young quarterbacks that have taken snaps under center for Tech this season. He leads the team and the conference in receptions while ranking No. 1 for the Red Raiders in yards and No. 3 in the Big 12 as he hauls in almost eight catches per game on average.
Kingsbury has been able to find quick success at his former school despite a tumultuous situation under center thanks to the absolute domination of Amaro in the passing game. He’s the key for this offense as they get into the more difficult stretch of the schedule and will continue to be a dynamic playmaker as Tech makes a run at the Big 12 title.