Texas Tech Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury coached current UTEP Quarterback Jameill Showers at Texas A&M University before Kingsbury departed to coach his alma mater and Showers left for El Paso.
Showers and Heisman trophy winner Johnny Manziel were locked in a QB battle while Kingsbury was the Aggies Offensive Coordinator before Manziel effectively won the job.
When asked about facing his former OC, Showers said he had a "personal vendetta" to settle against Texas Tech and Kingsbury in Week 2. But come game week Showers has had nothing but positive things to say about the Red Raider's Head Coach.
"Whenever I first got here (UTEP) he called me to see how I was doing and how I was adjusting, Showers said. "From the get-go, whenever I left (Texas) A&M he was all for me trying to help me out. He pretty much did everything he could as far as calling coaches and trying to put my name out there. He helped me a lot."
At Texas Tech's weekly press conference Kingsbury kept his comments to Shower's talents on the field, along with the challenges UTEP presents offensively overall.
"Jameill is a kid I coached at Texas A&M," Kingsbury said. "He's very talented. He can hurt you with his arm and his legs. He's a very accurate passer. Just watching the film from last week they really pounded the rock against New Mexico. So, obviously with what we put on film they are going to be expecting to be able to run the ball."
Texas Tech Defensive Coordinator Matt Wallerstedt was also coaching at Texas A&M when Showers was competing for the starting quarterback job and knows he has many facets of his game that can frustrate a defense.
"Jameill is a heck of a young man, great kid, physical presence, can run, and he's got a really strong arm on him," Wallerstedt said. "I really like that kid he's going to be a tough test for us."
The Red Raiders will have to slow down the Miners run game before they can shift their focus on Showers. UTEP Running Back Aaron Jones rushed for 237 yards and 3 touchdowns in a win over New Mexico last Saturday and looks to pick up where he left off against the Red Raiders. Texas Tech and UTEP will kick off in El Paso at 10 p.m. CT on Saturday.
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