Wednesday Practice Report

August 24th Practice Report

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Hot and breezy, once again perfect weather for TTU football!
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Coaches were VERY involved today, Bennie especially
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You can really start to see the wear and tear on the practice field and how the West Texas sun has beaten down on it.  The field has a lot of divots and scars, the grass is drying out.

 

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The linemen were sprinting to each individual drill, they had a lot of enthusiasm, I had to hold Swoff back he really wanted to get out there.
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Defense looking good on agility drills.  They were moving really quickly!
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Quarterbacks looked relaxed and were accurate while warming up.
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Everyone appears to be accepting and comfortable with their roles, but that doesn't negate everyone's work ethic, there is still competition.

 

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Filani and M. Johnson got several reverse handoffs today.  Both looked equally impressive.
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Olomua still appears to be a favorite target for screen passes.
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Defense was ordered to do up-downs at the end of this drill, we presume for not working as hard as they have in the past.

 

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E. Morris looked impressive today, he was making some athletic moves to get open and catch the ball.  After one catch he yelled, "Too easy!"  He was in high spirits today, and it showed.
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M. Johnson looked good after the catch by holding onto the ball with a death grip when DBs tried to strip it after he made a catch.
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James "Scooter" Conwright made a great interception right out of number 85 (not Josh Witherspoon) hands.
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Olomua made an impressive move at hanging onto the ball after a catch going to the grass while bobbling it for the great grab!
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M. Johnson made a great one-handed grab while running a fade.  This was as good of a catch as we have seen, over the shoulder placement by Hodges!
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During the Goal line drill, Bennie was encouraging the offense by ragging on the DBs.  It was very fun to watch, and he was getting some of the DBs riled up so they made a couple of good plays.
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Hodges had five TD passes in a row on this drill.
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DBs and receivers were really having fun with each other on this drill.  A lot of trash talking was heard, as well as a lot of jokes.

 

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Trlica missed an extra point by around five yards, he hooked it right from the start.
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TooGood and Trlica looked equal today.  They are improving, but seem to be around 50/50 with their accuracy.
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Danny had a good thirty yard kick-off return before first contact.

 

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Henderson is really good at finding the seam when running the ball.
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Shannon Woods looked equally as good.
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The O-line was romping on the D-line in this drill.
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Linebackers and Ken Scott were the only highlights for the defense during this drill.

 

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In our opinion, this is where practice fell apart.  It looked to us that there were a lot of mistakes occurring, everyone appeared lethargic and Leach was riding them hard.
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Hodges overthrew M. Johnson pretty badly in the center of the field, but the throw looked good it was just a little misplaced.
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M. Johnson did his best to get to the balls given him, and held onto the catch after getting pushed in the back as soon as he touched the ball.  He is looking improved on being able to hold onto the ball and we believe will be a contributor in yards after catches.
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Leach was very upset with the amount of dropped balls today.  He had several colorful comments.  The TSO flew over and gave them an ear full many times today.
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Leach was not happy with how the receivers were lining up before the snap.  He stopped the drill a couple of times to help them figure out where they should be lined up at.
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Brinkley jumped in front of Amendola's route for a successful interception off of Hodges.
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Huffman wasn't afraid to get involved, even though he was wearing blue today.  He was right in there with the other guys, and was being physical today.
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Leach laid into S. Woods for taking off down the field instead of staying in the flats for Harrell's safety net.  He had him doing up-downs to make his point clear.
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Harrell is still hesitant to throw downfield and continues to dump it into the flats.
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Meeks laid out Filani but helped him back up after the play.  He was flying all over the field today.
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L.A. Reed got a lot of passes his way today.  He was looking impressive and making some great grabs out there. 

 

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D- line started out looking good against the run.  They got some good pushes against the O-line and stopped the first couple of runs without problems.
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Meeks made a good interception off of Schaefer's hands today, and got in the way of many passes today.  He was making the receivers work for every catch.
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Henderson leaped over a safety during a run, getting a little extra yards.  He is going to be every bit as impressive this year as he was in the past.
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Hodges fumbled a ball off the snap.
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Hodges did make a couple of downfield passes for TDs.
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L.A. Reed stood out in this drill as well, making several impressive catches.
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The O-line was giving Hodges tons of time to make the pass. 
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D- line continues to line up off-sides.  They did at least four times today.
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Rawls made a shovel pass go for big yardage by finding the holes and running hard.
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Huddler had a good pass rush.
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Ken Scott made a good play on Todd Walker in the flats, he really hustled to get there.
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Hodges didn't find anyone open and scrambled for 20 or 30 yards.
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Brock Stratton was all over the field and was very physical today.

 

This was one of the worst practices we have see, in our honest opinion.  Meeks is back and looking as good as ever, playing in his starting position.  Hicks looked like he may have tweaked an ankle, knee, or muscle but he came back out in jersey and running shoes and remained involved in practice.  Leach was very unimpressed today, he rode the guys hard and there were a lot of pushups and up-downs done during the drills.  When practice was over, no one went inside and everyone stayed a little extra to work with their individual coaches.  Check out our interview with Keyunta Dawson!

 

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