Texas Tech head coach Kliff kingsbury has recently been prefacing comments about the importance of turnovers with the disclaimer “I know y’all get tired of hearing this”... Well, count this journalist as one who is not tired of hearing about it one bit.
All offseason Kingsbury repeatedly, doggedly insisted reversing the turnover problem would be the key to turning the program around. Halfway through the 2015 regular season, we can see the team has done JUST that.
Some of that has to be attributed to the hiring of David Gibbs, a defensive coordinator with a reputation for fielding defenses among the very best in the nation in creating turnovers.
The other side of that coin is sophomore quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who has done a very good job of taking care of the football despite his penchant for improvising on the fly and taking big shots down the field.
The Red Raiders have forced 12 turnovers in six games so far this season after only forcing 15 all of 2014. Tech has turned the ball over seven times through six games after turning it over 28 times in 2014.
The +5 in the turnover margin category has Tech currently ranked No. 20 nationally according NCAA.comwhich is a tremendous improvement over last season in which the Red Raiders finished 116th.
Tech also currently ranks fourth in turnover margin per game at 0.83 after finishing either last or next to last in the Big 12 each of the past three seasons.
Defensive backs J.J. Gaines (pictured above), Tevin Madison and Jah’Shawn Johnson have accounted for 10 of the 12 turnovers. Gaines has already picked off four passes which has him tied for sixth in the nation and second in the Big 12.