LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury will be formally inducted into the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame during a ceremony Saturday evening at the Ferrell Center in Waco.
Kingsbury is one of two Red Raider greats set for induction Saturday as former running back Bobby Cavazos will also be part of the six-player class that features Brad Dusek (Temple H.S.), Ken Washington (Port Arthur Lincoln H.S.), Tommy Jeter (Deer Park H.S.) and Johnathan Gray (Aledo H.S.).
Before rewriting the Tech record book as the quarterback of the Red Raiders, Kingsbury became a passing legend at his hometown New Braunfels High School. Kingsbury threw for 3,009 yards and 34 touchdowns as a senior to lead New Braunfels to the Class 5A Division II state semifinals just one year after finishing 4-8 overall.
New Braunfels finished Kingsbury's 1997 senior season with a 13-2 record, which included six come-from-behind victories. The successful season earned Kingsbury, who was also an academic all-state selection in high school, a scholarship offer from then Texas Tech head coach Spike Dykes.
Kingsbury set 39 school records and seven NCAA FBS marks during his career leading the Red Raider passing attack as he threw for 12,429 yards and 95 touchdowns from 1999-2002. Kingsbury threw for 5,017 yards and 45 touchdowns during his 2002 senior year alone, earning him Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year honors as well as the Sammy Baugh Trophy.
Kingsbury, who was coached in high school by his father Tim Kingsbury, went on to play in the NFL with stops with the New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, New York Jets, Denver Broncos and Buffalo Bills. He became the 15th head coach in Texas Tech history in 2013 as he is the only former Red Raider to return as head coach in program history.
Cavazos, meanwhile, was a three-sport athlete at Kingsville High School where he was twice named All-South Texas by the Kingsville Record. Cavazos' prep success led him to Texas Tech where he rushed for a then school record 2,278 yards and 35 touchdowns from 1951-53.
He earned second team Associated Press All-America honors following his senior season in 1953 where he rushed for 898 yards and 16 touchdowns to lead the Red Raiders to an 11-1 record and an appearance in the Gator Bowl.
Members of the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame are selected by a statewide committee made up of sportswriters, high school football coaches and members of the Texas High School Hall of Fame Board of Trustees.
Tickets for Saturday night's banquet are set at $45 for adults and $15 for students. The ceremony is slated to begin at 6 p.m. on the floor of the Ferrell Center.
2018 TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME CLASS
1950's & Before – Bobby Cavazos, Kingsville H.S. (Texas Tech)
1960's – Brad Dusek, Temple H.S.
1970's – Ken Washington – Port Arthur Lincoln H.S.
1980's – Tommy Jeter, Deer Park H.S.
1990's – Kliff Kingsbury, New Braunfels H.S. (Texas Tech)
2000's – Johnathan Gray, Aledo H.S.