Former Texas Tech quarterback, Graham Harrell, was back in Lubbock over the weekend, enjoying the last bit of downtime before reporting to his 4th NFL training camp with the Green Bay Packers on July 24.
Speaking at his annual Passing School at Frenship High School, Harrell offered his expectations for the coming Red Raider football season and the beginning of the much anticipated "Kliff Kingsbury Era."
"I think there's really good things in store for us," Harrell said. "Kingsbury runs an exciting offense and the players really play hard for him. I expect a lot of excitement and think we'll win a lot of games."
Harrell said he visited Tech while he was in town and spoke with players and coaches. He didn't see coach Kingsbury this time around but says the two are close. Harrell said he is excited to see his 'good friend' take over the reins at their alma mater.
"I'm excited about what he's gonna bring to the program," Harrell beamed. "He's young, he brings a ton of energy to the program and I think he'll be great for Tech. So I'm really excited about it."
Harrell is the all-time passing leader at Texas Tech and holds the NCAA record for career touchdown passes with 134, set during his senior season in 2008.
Harrell is from Brownwood, Texas but comes back to Lubbock often. He said he will look for any "excuse" to continue to do so in the future:
"I love to come back to Lubbock where so many good memories were made," he said. "This passing school is a great excuse to get me back here and I'll continue to do this every year hopefully."
With so many former Red Raider players on the coaching staff and the strong coaching history in his family, I asked Harrell if he has any coaching aspirations after his playing career:
"Oh absolutely," he said. "I would love to get into coaching at some point. I definitely see that happening down the road and I think it's great that we have so many former players coaching at Tech now. It will be great for the program."
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