Hicks Returns to Texas Tech
Former Texas Tech wide receiver Jarrett Hicks has returned to Texas Tech to finish his degree in Human Sciences.
Oct. 14, 2011
by Britton Drown
The field may have had a different look and the team on it comprised of players much younger than himself, but on Tuesday afternoon none of that quite mattered to Jarrett Hicks.
The former Texas Tech wide receiver embraced it. The game of football had never left him. It took Hicks from here at Texas Tech, into both the NFL where he went to training camp with the San Diego Chargers, and to the Arena Football League. Now he was back.
On this field he was home.
"It feels good to be back," he said as he stood on the sideline and watched as head coach Tommy Tuberville and the Red Raiders prepared for their week-six match up with Kansas State.
It was homecoming week, and here was Hicks returning to the football program and the school that gave him his start.
Hicks, whose prolific career as a receiver spanned from 2003-06, still scatters the Red Raider record books. The 6-foot-3 wideout still holds the record for most yards in a single season by a sophomore with 1,177 during the 2004 season. He also ranks fourth in career yardage (2,859) and fourth in single-season touchdowns (13).
However now, he has returned to the Texas Tech campus not as a football player or even coach, but as a student. Hicks is on track to graduate from Texas Tech in May with a degree in Human Sciences.
When he is not busy with classes or schoolwork, he finds himself at the practice fields, watching Tuberville and the Red Raiders.
"It's definitely fun," Hicks said. "Seeing these guys, I think the pride in me says that we definitely had a great group of guys playing with me, but seeing these guys and the type of athletic ability that they have at such a young age is definitely a good thing. I'm excited for them."
Once Hicks receives his degree in May, he plans to enter the coaching field at the high school ranks where he already has experience. Hicks spent two years as an assistant coach for St. Pius X High School in Houston.
Still, he's not sure where his degree and his career will take him once he leaves the Texas Tech campus, but he is confident in what that degree will give him.
"I'm not really sure where yet," he said. "The sky may be the limit right now. I'm kind of weighing my options right and seeing where to go."
This weekend, numerous Texas Tech fans and alumni will return to Lubbock to celebrate homecoming, culminating with football game against Kansas State on Saturday. This week the campus and students celebrated by decorating the campus and participating in traditional homecoming activities including the parade which is scheduled for Saturday at 10:00 a.m.
The week is something Dr. Bill Dean executive director and CEO of the Texas Tech Alumni Association, spends months preparing and planning for.
"It's just a great opportunity to come back and see what changes have been made to the school, and renew old friendships and have a good time," Dean said.
Saturday's game against K-State will kickoff at 6:00 p.m. at Jones AT&M Stadium. The game will be televised nationally by Fox Sports Net.