Good article about the former Coog, but there’s also a tidbit about his transfer in there as well:
PAIN AND PERSEVERANCE: TEXAS TECH LINEBACKER LUKE STICE PUSHES HIMSELF IN MEMORY OF A BEST FRIEND TAKEN TOO SOON
He finished the season as Houston’s top special teams tackler, and was nominated for the Burlsworth Trophy, awarded annually to the nation’s top walk-on. When Tom Herman took over in 2015, he sat down with Luke, who expressed a desire to get back to the defensive side of the ball. He laughs now when asked about; yes, he missed hitting people. Herman said he’d be open to the move, and together they agreed Luke would take the season to redshirt and—surprise, surprise—spend time in the weight room.
“When I was 6, my late grandfather told me, ‘Always make sure you do your pushups before you go to bed,’” Stice explains. “I learned early on that the weight room is where you can transform your body. I really bought into that, and I’ve always tried to maximize my opportunities in there—literally.”
After Houston’s 13–1 season that ended with the Cougars thumping college football juggernaut Florida State in the Peach Bowl, Herman and Luke decided a transfer would be best if he wanted to play defense. So he followed Gibbs, formerly Houston’s defensive coordinator, back toward home, and enrolled at Texas Tech in the spring.