FRISCO — It’s not unusual for a throng of media at The Star to crowd a wide receiver from Lufkin, Texas.
But on Monday, that receiver wasn’t Cowboys wideout Dez Bryant. Texas Tech receiver Keke Coutee represented the two receivers’ hometown instead. And Coutee — three-time receiver of the year at Bryant’s Lufkin High — doesn’t take the relationship lightly.
“On any given Sunday, just watching him play against the Packers or whoever it may be, been here at the start, just to see there’s someone who came exactly from where I came from kind of motivates me,” Coutee said at Big 12 media days.
Coutee’s high school campaign bodes well for that catching 58 balls for 841 yards and 12 touchdowns his senior year, according to 247sports. Bryant, in comparison, had 53 catches for 1,207 yards and 21 touchdowns.
Coutee chose Texas Tech over Oklahoma, Louisville and Houston after meriting three straight All-District honors. Bryant went to Big 12 as well choosing Oklahoma State over Tech and Texas A&M. And both ramped up their production from freshman to sophomore year in college. Coutee hauled in 55 catches for 890 yards and seven scores in 2016.
One of those performances — eight receptions, 221 yards, two touchdowns in a 54-35 win over Baylor — even caught Bryant’s attention. Not to mention Coutee’s career game happened at the Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium.
Bryant took to Twitter to compliment Coutee’s game.
“@TheKekeCoutee savage… it’s a Lufkin thang,” he tweeted.
Coutee said Monday that Bryant’s encouragement taught him a lesson.
“Lufkin’s going to support you no matter what it is,” he said. “Dez, the Dez shoutout thing, I…
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