Riley face-to-face with first big test

NORMAN — Texas Tech walk-on quarterback Lincoln Riley wasn’t quite good enough to play, but coach Mike Leach saw something special in him.

Leach liked Riley’s humility, intelligence, inquisitive nature, determination and people skills, so he cut him and offered him a student assistant position before the 2003 season. Leach quickly found that his instincts were correct.

“I really felt like he picked