LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Kliff Kingsbury's spring-game experience at Texas Tech gets a new chapter Saturday when the former Red Raiders quarterback coaches his first contest as the helm.

Players said they are enjoying the energy and enthusiasm Kingsbury and his young staff show. It's contagious.

"With the tempo that Kingsbury brings, it's pretty much running basketball with helmets on," senior linebacker Will Smith said. "They have this intensity about them that makes us want to have it, too."

Kingsbury came to Texas Tech after a year at Texas A&M as offensive coordinator. Fans are ecstatic and season tickets sales are strong. The school, which finished 8-5 last season, is expecting the biggest crowd ever for a spring game.

The 33-year-old coached Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel last season and said one of his prospects for quarterback this season has some of Manziel's qualities. Manziel has faster straight-ahead speed than Michael Brewer, he said, but Brewer is good on his feet, too.

"Mike does good things escaping the pocket, moving the pocket to extend plays and finding people down the field," he said. "That's very similar" to Manziel.

Brewer, who completed 34 of 48 passes for 375 yards in nine games last season as Seth Doege's backup, isn't a sure bet to be behind center this fall, though. Freshman Davis Webb of Prosper is giving the redshirt sophomore a run for his money, Kingsbury said.

"It's close, it's close," he said. "They've both come in and competed really well. I'm impressed with how each has picked up the system."

Brewer understands and values the competition with Webb, who threw for 23 touchdowns and rushed for 12 more his senior year at the North Texas high school.

"I'm having to earn everything right now," Brewer said. "It's all open. Davis and I are competing for the same spot right now. Time will tell. I feel pretty good that if I keep doing what I'm doing things will work out for me."

Six on the coaching staff are former Red Raiders, including Kingsbury, and some played him in the early 2000s. After Kingsbury took over for Tommy Tuberville, who unexpectedly went to Cincinnati, he hired Mike Smith, Kevin Curtis, Trey Haverty and Eric Morris. Sonny Cumbie, also a former Texas Tech quarterback, was on Tuberville's staff.

Players are "still figuring us out," Kingsbury said of the coaching staff.

"I think that will take a while," he said. "The tempo of practice has picked up, energy and enthusiasm. We feel like we've gotten better each practice."

Kingsbury doesn't see liability in the staff's youth.

"I think experience is relative to what you've been around," said Kingsbury, the youngest coach in a BCS conference. "A lot of us played many years. We may not be long on the coaching years but as far as experience goes we've seen a lot of football. You take that and you throw in your energy and enthusiasm, which we're all big on, and hopefully you can get a good product."

Brewer said the game might show off some off some of the team's new wrinkles on both sides of the ball but he wasn't sure how complex the game plan might be.

"We don't want to show too much, obviously, it being on TV," he said. "We definitely want to put on a good show for the fans."