LUBBOCK - Fresh off being named one of 10 semifinalists for the prestigious Biletnikoff Award, Texas Tech junior wide receiver added another honor Monday as he was recognized as the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week in a vote of media who cover the league.
Coutee, known typically for his work with the high-octane Red Raider offense, sparked Texas Tech from the get-go this past weekend against Baylor as he returned the opening kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown. It marked the first career kickoff return for a touchdown by Coutee and the first for a Red Raider since 2015.
Even more impressively, it was the first opening kickoff returned for a touchdown by a Red Raider since 1973 when Lawrence Williams went 95 yards to the end zone against New Mexico. Coutee was also just the third Big 12 player to ever find the end zone on an opening kickoff as he joined Oklahoma State’s Justin Gilbert (2013 vs. Kansas) and Missouri’s Gahn McGaffie (2010 vs. Oklahoma).
The return was just the 12th of Coutee’s career and the first since the Big 12 opener Sept. 30 against Oklahoma State. Baylor kicked around Coutee the rest of the game as it ultimately was his only return of the Red Raiders’ 38-24 victory at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
Coutee becomes the fifth Red Raider to receive a Big 12 weekly award this season alone, joining Ja’Deion High (Special Teams on Sept. 18), Dakota Allen (Defensive on Sept. 25), DaMarcus Fields (Newcomer on Oct. 2) and Desmond Nisby (Newcomer on Oct. 9). This is the first time in school history five different Red Raiders have been recognized with a conference weekly award.
In addition to his role on special teams, Coutee remains one of the top receivers in the country as he has caught a team-leading 71 passes for 1,064 yards and nine touchdowns. He is averaging 106.4 yards per game entering this weekend’s tilt against TCU, a mark that ranks fifth nationally.
The Lufkin, Texas native ranks among the top 10 in every receiving category as he is fourth in receiving yards (1,064) and ninth in receiving touchdowns (9) and receptions per game (7.1). Of the 10 semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award, Coutee is the only player to rank among the top-10 receivers nationally in all three categories as well as receiving yards per game.