Texas Tech enters its third season with a different defense as Chad Glasgow got his second full summer workout in on Sunday with his players. It's a new look and philosophy with the 4-2-5 defense from TCU – Glasgow's home for the last 10 years.
And the change in attitude is already resonating on the field.
The sound coming out of each huddle could be heard clearly from the sideline, "Hunt together, kill together."
"Hunt together – all 11 players get to the ball on every play," defensive back Jarvis Phillips said. "Kill together – I guess try to hurt them."
Glasgow inherits a sparse defense that will have to improve following a more than sub-par year, finishing near the bottom of every major statistical category defensively.
Five defensive backs on the field means a faster, more athletic defense to help stop the ever-popular spread offenses in the Big 12 while also applying pressure from the defensive ends and stopping up the middle. It means its all the more important for the defensive backs to not let anyone get passed them if the heat is coming on the quarterback.
"We've gotten a lot faster this year," sophomore safety Terrance Bullitt said, giving credit to Texas Tech strength and conditioning coach Joe Walker. "It's very important in this conference that everyone is fast. Linebackers have to be fast – defensive line too."
Added Phillips: "Now that we have five secondary backs, we're pretty much faster on the whole field. So it's going to be pretty exciting."
Glasgow caught his players' attention and the attention of reporters on Sunday when he took off running at several players for making a mistake during their drills – taking an exceptional liking to Pete Robertson for the second consecutive day.
Apparently not that many players realized the older coach could move that fast.
"I am surprised," Phillips said. "I really didn't think he was that fast but sometimes he exceeds my expectations."
Hopefully Phillips and company will be the ones exceeding Glasgow's expectations come Sept. 3 when Tech kicks off the 2011 season against Texas State.
Two players who hope to help make the big impact on the defensive line are Leon Mackey and Delvon Simmons – two of the highest recruits in the 2011 class.
Both worked out once again on Sunday but Tech officials said Simmons is still awaiting the green light to play this season from the NCAA Clearinghouse.