Practice Report: August 21st

With practices running out in fall camp, Joshua Koch has your notes and more from Tuesday morning's practice.

The final week of fall camp is underway and with that comes the final week of working out and answering some questions when it comes to the depth chart for the Red Raiders entering the 2012 season.

 

Sloppy, sloppy, sloppy: There were a lot of instances in the Red Raiders two-hour practice on Tuesday where the offense looked sloppy and where the defense looked sloppy at the same time. Dropped passes and low passes were an issue, and the defense was sliced and diced by the crew of running backs for the Red Raiders as well.

 

More of Moore: Darrin Moore was a missed commodity last season after being hurt in the Red Raiders victory against Nevada in non-conference play. Moore really never got back fully healthy in the season as he had recurring ankle and knee issues, but now he looks healthy. In Tuesday's practice Moore looked like the Moore that reeled in 339 yards receiving in the first two games of 2011. Moore made some acrobatic catches leaping above defenders to bring in the ball. So far through the fall Moore looks to have put himself in the front running for a spot on the two-deep for the Red Raiders and should be electric in 2012.

 

Foster Feeling It: SaDale Foster has been making some explosive plays from the backfield, just adding another weapon to what could possibly be one of the best running back corps in the Big 12 Conference. Foster of course is listed as an athlete on the Tech roster, making him a huge weapon for the Red Raiders, but so far has shown his ability running the ball.

 

 Bell Continues to Impress: Javon Bell continues to impress at fall camp, maybe there is a reason he is wearing the No. 1. He might work his way into that role as a wide receiver this season. Bell has shown off his pure speed and ability so far this fall. He will be a player to watch for in the Red Raiders season opener against Northwestern State.

 

Wide Receivers Missing: Eric Ward missed practice on Tuesday as he was suffering from the flu, so they kept him away, Austin Zouzalik continues to wear the no-contact jersey but did catch a few passes in practice on Tuesday. Another wide receiver that is having some issues in camp is Marcus Kennard as he has struggled to work his way on the depth chart and Tuberville said at this time when talking about the two-deep for wide receivers, Kennard's name does not come up often.

 

Jones Jumping the Route: In the first part of the practice the defense looked sluggish having issues stopping the run and the pass, but later on a player that has come up in some discussions in the defensive back position, Bruce Jones, made a play. Jones jumped the route of a pass and picked it off giving the defense some new life.

 

No Drop-Off: When Seth Doege runs off the field and Michael Brewer runs on, there seems to be almost no drop-off in the results. Now we all know that Doege has the year of experience as a starter and is coming off a pretty good season from under center, but the good thing for Red Raider fans is that Brewer is progressing a great rate and it would not be a surprise at all this season if Brewer is worked into the offense at some point. Because let's face the facts, Doege has this season and then it will be time for Red Raider nation to turn the page to a new QB era and that one will be the Brewer era. So Brewer will get some playing time this season and will get to continue to learn from one of the best passers in the country.

 

Running Wild: Up to this point of the fall camp, the running backs are all looking good and so far the wild cat or "wild raider" formation has been worked on a lot as Eric Stephens and Kenny Williams have been the running backs to primarily run this style of offense. It will be interesting to see how much this is actually utilized in the regular season when it comes down to making the call. With Doege lining up as a wide receiver there is no telling, this might be the season we see Doege catch a touchdown pass instead of throwing them all.

 

Ring of Honor: It was finally seen for the first time this fall as on the press box side of the stadium EJ Holub's name and number had already been mounted as workers were mounting the names of the three men that were inducted into the Texas Tech Ring of Honor earlier this summer, the official ceremony will take place on September 1st at the season opener for the Red Raiders where all three names will be unveiled.

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