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Once the quarterback in one of Texas Tech's biggest bowl wins, Sonny Cumbie begins his fourth season as an assistant coach at his alma mater and his first as co-offensive coordinator.
Cumbie gave Red Raider Nation a taste of his play calling ability as he stepped into the role as interim offensive coordinator for the 2012 Meineke Car Care Bowl. The Red Raiders amassed 429 yards of total offense en route to a 34-31 win over Minnesota.
In 2012, Cumbie coached a pair of 1,000-yard receivers in Darrin Moore and Eric Ward. The pair of 1,000 yard receivers was the first for Tech since the 2007 season that featured a pair of current NFL receivers Michael Crabtree and Danny Amendola. The 2011 Red Raiders featured the seventh best passing offense in nation as Texas Tech rang up 4,145 yards passing. A total of 13 different receivers totaled 10 or more catches over the course of the season and were led by Eric Ward's 84 catches for 800 yards.
In Cumbie's first season in 2010, the Red Raiders piled up 4,146 receiving yards along with 39 touchdowns. Tech's 39 receiving touchdowns was one better than the Red Raiders totaled in 2009. Inside receiver Detron Lewis led the squad with 87 catches on the season and finished second with 852 receiving yards.
During his years as a football player at Texas Tech, Cumbie worked diligently and waited patiently for his chance to serve as starting quarterback in the prolific Tech offense--and in 2004, he earned the spot and led the Red Raiders to an 8-4 season. During that season, Cumbie twice led the Red Raiders to 70+ point games and capped off the season with a 520 yard MVP performance in the 2004 Holiday Bowl victory over (then) No. 4 California. Cumbie still holds the Holiday Bowl record for most passing yards. He finished the season with 4,472 yards passing--fifth-best in school history, and 7th best in NCAA History. He was an Honorable Mention performer on the field and All-Big 12 Performer in the classroom.
Following a successful career at Texas Tech, Cumbie went on to play for the Los Angeles Avengers of the Arena Football League (AFL). As a rookie in 2006, Cumbie started 12 games and set a franchise record for most passes attempted without an interception: 252. He was named the AFL All-Rookie Team Quarterback and was a finalist for Rookie of the Year. Upon completion of the 2006 season, Cumbie was signed by the Baltimore Ravens. In 2007 Cumbie was back in the AFL, leading the Avengers to their first playoff victory in franchise history, throwing for 83 touchdowns.
From 2005-2009, during the AFL's off seasons, Cumbie served on the Texas Tech Sports Network as an analyst. He was able to stay closely involved with Tech football while broadcasting their games and offering the insights of a former player.
After the Arena Football League suddenly ceased operations before the start of the 2009 season, Cumbie became the Head Coach and Director of Player Personnel for the San Angelo Stampede of the Indoor Football League. Four games into the season, Cumbie also added starting quarterback to his list of responsibilities. Once again, as he had with the Avengers, Cumbie lead a franchise to the playoffs and its first playoff win in the team's history.
Cumbie and his wife, Tamra, are both natives of Snyder, Texas, and graduates of Texas Tech. Cumbie graduated from Texas Tech with a Bachelor's Degree in History while his wife has a Master's Degree in Technical Communication. They are the proud parents of a son, Grey.
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