The Texas Tech football staff lost four primary assistants this off-season and had a fifth slot to hire a 10th primary assistant. With so many hires to make, Kliff Kingsbury took a big step toward rebuilding his staff this week by getting Clay Jennings and Brett Dewhurst to complete his defensive staff.

Clay Jennings

Clay Jennings comes from the University of Houston, where his secondary ranked toward the top of the country. He's also coached at TCU, Texas, Baylor and Arkansas. Jennings adds some experience that the staff has been lacking in the Kingsbury era.

Jennings will also be huge for Texas Tech in the recruiting game.

"We're fortunate to add someone with Coach Jennings' experience to our staff," Kingsbury said. "He will be a great resource for our defensive backs and will continue the improvements we've made on that side of the ball. He also has an extensive background in the state of Texas, which will pay dividends in recruiting."

Brett Dewhurst

Brett Dewhurst is a young coach who returns to Texas Tech after spending the last year at South Eastern Louisiana. Dewhurst previously worked on David Gibbs staff as a quality control coach at both Houston and Texas Tech from 2013-2016.

"We're excited to welcome Coach Dewhurst back to our staff," Kingsbury said. "Coach Dewhurst is familiar with Coach (David) Gibbs and his defensive system, and he was integral part of the development of our defense the past few seasons. He'll be a great addition to our staff."

The addition will make the defensive staff: David Gibbs, Zac Spavital, Terrance Jamison, Clay Jennings and Brett Dewhurst.

Jennings and Dewhurst replace Karl Scott and fill the 10th assistant spot for Kingsbury's staff leaving (Special Teams, Offensive Coordinator / Receivers Coach, and Running Backs Coach).

Expect those hires to be made in the next two weeks ahead of National Signing Day.


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