LUBBOCK – With the quarterback battle getting closer and closer as spring practice wears on, many people were interested to see who would step up at the Red Raiders first spring scrimmage Saturday at Jones AT&T stadium.
The Red Raiders stepped onto the field at about 10:30 a.m. and got in a good 150-160 plays.
"It started out really good defensively, then we ended up a lot better out on offense," Red Raider head coach Tommy Tubberville said. "We had a lot of guys with stage fright with this being their first scrimmage in the stadium, but there was a lot of effort."
The first couple of drives were dominated by the defense as the offense couldn't get anything going, and looked slightly confused.
"I think our defense looked real good today, we just got to work on making short yardage stops and giving up the big play in some situations," Tubberville added.
Junior safety Brett Dewhurst led the team in tackles today with 10, closely followed by junior linebacker Sam Fehoka. Sawyer Vest, Giorgio Durham, and Tyrone Sonier were among others who had pretty good outings, but the defensive standout of the scrimmage had to be true freshman linebacker Blake Dees.
Dees, who graduated early from high school in order to enroll in January so that he could participate in spring practice made a statement today. Dees had 8 tackles in today's outing, all of which seemed to be big play, lights out hits that came when the defense really needed a stop. "It felt great just being out there with the team", Dees had to say. "It feels a little weird thinking I should still be in high school, but being around a lot of players who are aiming towards the same goal you are is comforting."
As for the offense, they came around after those first few drives and were able to start moving the ball consistently putting it in the endzone a total of 11 times today. Seth Doege, who got a strong majority of the snaps with the 1st unit, had a pretty good outing going 17 of 26 for 246 yards and three touchdown passes. Doege, who suffered numerous injuries in high school keeping him from playing his junior and senior seasons at Frenship high school said it's good to have some success after all he's been through.
Among the other QBs was Jacob Karam, who had a good day himself going 8 of 17 for 117 yards and 2 touchdown passes. Scotty Young was close behind going 9 of 11 for 63 yards, and freshman Michael Brewer held his own as well, going 4 of 7 for 30 yards and a touchdown in only one drive.
The run game appears to be effective as well with Harrison Jeffers going for 92 yards on 15 carries along with a couple of touchdowns. Aaron Crawford broke the century mark on the ground running the ball for 116 yards on 18 carries, and another freshman Ronnie Daniels had 67 yards on 12 carries with his own pair of touchdowns.
The receiving corps performed well with Cornelius Douglas leading the way with 5 catches for 71 yards and a touchdown. It looked as if the quarterbacks wanted to share the wealth today as Tramain Swindall, Eric Ward, Derek Edwards, Darrin Moore, and Tony Trahan each had a touchdown catch of their own.
All in all the Red Raiders had a good day out on the field, with a lot of success from guys they were and weren't expecting it from.
"We're not a very good team right now," Tubberville said. "But heck that's why you practice and that's why you have spring practice."
The Red Raiders have eight days of practice left to use in 3 weeks, and will be out there again on Tuesday and Thursday.