Texas Tech fans look to be getting an early Christmas gift as Sonny Cumbie, a former quarterback for the Red Raiders will be at the helm of the Texas Tech football offense. Texas Tech took Cumbie away from TCU to hopefully bring back some offensive stability that was lost throughout the past several seasons, in particular the last two season when TTU Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt named Matt Wells as the Red Raiders head football coach.
The Red Raiders ended the 2020-2021 season 4-6 and 39th in the nation in offense, and fourth in the Big XII. During a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, Cumbie stated, “I think there is a lot of talent in the skill positions… they’ve done a really good job recruiting. The offensive line is big up front, they are a physical group. The running backs, they’ve shown throughout the last year they dynamic playmakers.”
Of course, Cumbie being a former QB seems to believe that position will need to be at a quality playing level. “It’ll be my job to make sure the quarterbacks play at a high level and I think we have the pieces to be able to do that.” Cumbie would go to say during the interview, “The number one thing is you want to win football games… and that’s the number one goal. What do we do to give the player the best chance to be successful and how can we win. We want to be explosive and throw it down the field and we have the ability and players to do that.”
Cumbie was asked what it means to be a Red raider and he responded by saying, “It means a great deal… there’s something about the fabric of west Texas, the people, the work ethic… it means people are very passonate about Texas tech, everywhere you go someone is wearing a double T and they love this place and that didn’t leave me.”
Cumbie played for the Red Raiders from 2000 to 2004. He was a walk-on and in the 2004 season he earned the starting position for the Red Raiders and helped lead them to a bowl appearance at the Holiday Bowl when they faced the #4 California Golden Bears who had Arron Rodgers at QB. The Red Raiders would give Cal a 45-31 loss with Cumbie having 520 passing yards. Cumbie would lead the nation in passing yards his senior year with 4,742 and also the nation in passing offense.