LUBBOCK, Texas -- Texas Tech is already bowl eligible for the 20th time in 21 years, thanks to a 6-0 start. But the Red Raiders have their sights set on higher goals, such as winning a Big 12 championship.
Running back Kenny Williams has been a big part of the No. 16 Red Raiders’ hot start. As part of a versatile backfield trio that also includes DeAndre Washington and SaDale Foster, Williams has totaled 310 yards rushing and receiving with five touchdowns.
As the Red Raiders prepare to travel to West Virginia this weekend for a huge road test, Williams spoke with ESPN.com about all of Tech’s offensive weapons, contending for a Big 12 title and who he thinks Tech’s biggest rival is.
The calling card of the Texas Tech running backs has been catching the ball out of the backfield (Williams, Washington and Foster all have at least 11 receptions). Is that something you guys emphasize and do you feel like you guys do that as well as anyone in the league?
Kenny Williams: Definitely. Especially being at Tech. We like to throw the ball around a lot. To play running back here, you have to be able to catch the ball out of the backfield and make plays.
Do you think the skill talent surrounding the quarterbacks is a big reason why the quarterbacks have been successful despite the lack of experience?
Williams: We have a lot of weapons. The key is trying to utilize everybody the best we can. But everyone does what they have to do when they don’t have the ball in the their hands. I feel like that’s a big part of the success we’ve been having.
Even though you are 6-0, do you feel like people are still doubting you guys?
Williams: There’s always going to be doubters. But we’re not going to worry about that. We’re going to take it one game at a time. Try to practice hard. And let the rest take care of itself.
The next two weeks are going to be telling you for how the rest of the season is going to go, with road games at West Virginia and Oklahoma. Are you excited about showing what you can do on the road?
Williams: We’re definitely excited about it. There’s a lot of talk going around. But this group, we know what we can do and we’re going to try and prove that.
You guys are averaging more than 40 points a game, but everyone seems to only be talking about Baylor’s offense. You get tired of hearing about that?
Williams: It’s kinda frustrating. But we’re going to let that take care of itself.
Who is Tech’s biggest rival?
Williams: I have to go A&M.
But you guys don’t play them anymore.
Williams: I know. But that rivalry goes back. It has some history to it.
Would you like to see that game get scheduled?
Williams: Oh, yes. Definitely.
Coach (Kliff) Kingsbury has a reputation for dressing well. Who is the best dressed player on the team?
Williams: It's actually a coach. Definitely Kevin Curtis. Our cornerbacks coach. Yeah, I know, the coaching staff dresses pretty good here.
Your favorite local place to eat in Lubbock?
Williams: The Triple J [Chophouse & Brew Co.]. Great steak.