Former Red Raiders quarterback Kliff Kingsbury is the league's only new coach, but one adjustment he won't have to make is with regard to the wind at his home games. He's well aware of the adversity it can provide, which means it can be to his team's advantage.
"It's more just an attitude," said Kingsbury, who passed for more than 12,400 yards and 95 touchdowns at Texas Tech. "You practice in it each and every day and you get used to it. It can psych other teams out. They come to town and it's blowing 50 m.p.h. and they don't think they can throw it.
"We do it each and every day. It's more just throwing a tight spiral. Arm strength helps, but if you can keep your ball tight in the wind and be accurate in those circumstances, then you'll be all right."
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When the media released its preseason all-conference team last week, it named TCU's Casey Pachall its quarterback. Pachall is 15-2 as a starter and has size and skill that project to the NFL, but he was also suspended for the final nine games last season after a DUI arrest and a subsequent treatment for substance abuse.
Pachall, who led the nation in passer efficiency in 2011 and was No. 4 in a 4-0 start last season, was welcomed back to the team in January and practiced with the Horned Frogs in the spring. He did not represent the team here.
"He asked me when he came (back) 'Coach, can I just be a student? Can I be a football player?' So what I've done is I've left him alone," Coach Gary Patterson said. "I asked him before media days. I asked him, 'Now do you want to go?' And his whole thing is, 'I just want to be a student. I want to be a football player.'
"So I'm letting him do his thing, keeping the pressure off of him. I think having a two-quarterback situation that we feel like we have now that can go win ball games in the Big 12 is a positive as far as the pressure and hype going forward."
Yes, two quarterbacks. Despite Pachall's nomination, which may just be a side effect of having so many unknown quarterbacks in the league, Patterson is considering the idea of using backup Trevone Boykin if he doesn't win the still unrewarded starting job.
"If it is Casey as the starter, you have a Trevone that really can beat you with his legs," Patterson said. "How do you do that? He really developed. He had an unbelievable spring, to be honest with you, which bodes well for us - because he's only going to be a sophomore for us - in the future after this season.
"Going into a ball game, if he's going to play some, you can't just say that your (defensive) game plan is all about a guy that's a thrower and he hands it off and he does a great job checking and has a strong arm. I think you have to get ready for both of them."
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West Virginia, which was picked eighth in the preseason poll and along with Kansas didn't have a player named to the all-conference team, has its media day today, along with Texas, Oklahoma, Baylor and Iowa State. The Mountaineers, who were represented Monday by mascot Jon Kimble and cheerleader Krysta Kemp, will have Holgorsen, defensive end Will Clarke, left tackle Quinton Spain and safety Karl Joseph in attendance.
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