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By Haley Stesiak
All work, no play didn’t apply to Texas Tech football this Labor Day.
After a 69-17 win against Stephen F. Austin Saturday, the Red Raiders ended Monday’s practice with a WWE match re-enactment between John Cena and Mike “The Miz” Mizanin.
Players gathered around a makeshift ring as assistant coaches Adam Hymel, dressed as Cena, and Scott Salwasswer, as The Miz, went at it with Hymel putting Salwasswer through a table to conclude the match.
— Kliff Kingsbury (@TTUKingsbury) September 5, 2016
Head coach Kliff Kingsbury took it easy over the weekend as well, choosing to catch up on his Netflix shows instead of watching Texas’ 50-47 double overtime win over Notre Dame, Sunday night.
“I was watching ‘Narcos’ season two. I didn’t get to see it Friday, so I was on it hard yesterday,” Kingsbury told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal Monday.
The relaxed vibes Texas Tech is emulating could be due to quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ impressive performance against SFA.
The junior threw four touchdowns, completing 30 of 43 passes for 483 yards. He ran for two more touchdowns, adding 57 rushing yards.
Despite the showing from Mahomes, the offense still has some room for improvements, Kingsbury said in a press conference Monday.
“Our offensive line has to play better,” Kingsbury said. “Some of those plays he [Mahomes] was forced to get out of the pocket sooner…we’ve got to get some of those guys in front of him to do their job a little bit better.”
Kingsbury acknowledged the Red Raiders’ trip to Tempe this weekend would be a challenge.
“We covered up a lot of things, by just kind of…playing some street ball, but we’ve got to get a lot better and tighten things up and be a lot more physical this week,” Kingsbury said.
Texas Tech’s assistant coaches showed their physicality with their WWE talent, but the team will show if they can make the necessary adjustments Saturday night at ASU.