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Mr. Irrelevant: Kris Kocurek

Source: Texas A&M

TAMUK Assistant Football Coach Kris Kocurek
Kris Kocurek is entering his second season as the assistant football coach for the defensive line at TAMUK.

Last season he helped guide a unit that had four players earn All-LSC honors, including the LSC South Defensive Lineman of the Year, Wilbert Martin. Martin also was the runner-up for the inaugural Gene Upshaw Division II Lineman of the Year Award. Both Martin and Curtis Tyler earned All-Southwest Region honors.

Kocurek graduated from Texas Tech in 2004 with a major in Exercise and Sport Science. The linebacker was named to All-Big 12 Coaches Football Team in 1998, 1999 and 2000. During the 1998 season, Kocurek helped lead the Red Raiders to the Stanford Independence Bowl. The 2000 team captain was voted Defensive Player of the Year that same season and was also both a Defensive and Special Teams Player of the Week.

Kocurek left Lubbock in 2001 to pursue a career in the National Football League when the Seattle Seahawks drafted him. Kocurek played for the Tennessee Titans during the 2001 and 2002 seasons.

A strong student, Kocurek earned Academic All-Big 12 recognition in 1998 and in 2000, won the Texas Tech Academic Achievement Award High Merit in April 1998, made the Academic Big 12 Commissionerís Honor Roll and was a Deanís List honoree.