Saturday Practice Report

The eleventh Spring Practice session took place today in beautiful weather, and it was another long scrimmage. The hits were hard, as was the intensity. Former Red Raider Taurean Henderson and future Red Raider Baron Batch were in attendance for what would be an enjoyable practice.

Spring Practice Report #11

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Graham Harrell had a decent day, but it was nothing to write home about.  He had a spectacular deep throw to Filani that went for a 60-yard TD and another long completion to Grant Walker, but those efforts were nearly nullified by poor decisions that resulted in two interceptions.  He had more incompletions than usual as well, but a poor day for him is a great day for most quarterbacks.

Chris Todd had one of his best practices thus far, throwing three touchdowns on the day.  Todd had success looking deep and then throwing short over the middle.  L.A. Reed broke one for a long touchdown, and Catron Houston and Pete Richardson scored the same way, albeit shorter distances.

Ryan Rowland was a machine today, performing the task well and consistently.  Rowland was neither great nor unsatisfactory.  His highlight of the day came on a 39-yard deep throw to Edward Britton.  Rowland looks poised to surprise some people once again at the Red-Black game.

Cumulative Practice Statistics:
Harrell 12-19, 192 yards, TD, 2 INT
Todd 9-13, 134 yards, 3 TD
Rowland 6-8, 95 yards, TD

Running Backs
The running backs proved capable of getting in the end zone today, scoring four touchdowns combined.  Kobey Lewis was the best of the day, making fools out of several defenders on his way to an excellent all-around performance.  Shannon Woods saw light duty today, but made the most of it in using his speed to get around the outside of the defense for a touchdown.  Richardson has consistently done well in short-yardage situations, which is arguably his greatest strength.

Full Scrimmage Statistics:
Shannon Woods: 1 rushing attempt for 15 yards, TD
Kobey Lewis: 6 rushing attempts for 26 yards, 2 TD; 2 catches for 9 yards
Pete Richardson: 1 rushing attempt for 4 yards; 1 catch for 7 yards, TD

Wide Receivers
It's official; L.A. Reed is impossible to tackle.  Reed had a huge practice, catching two passes for gains of 40+ yards, one of which went for a touchdown.  Arm-tackles are completely ineffective on him considering his size, but everyone seems to be afraid to take him head-on.  Joel Filani did well also, shaking the DBs for what would have been a touchdown from anywhere on the field.  Filani did drop a sure touchdown, though, but he is undoubtedly our best receiver on the deep routes.  Grant Walker caught his longest pass of the Spring on a 42-yard bomb from Harrell.  Edward Britton had a great catch on a deep rocket from Ryan Rowland, and shows great promise for the future.  Thomas Bachman also had a good practice, eluding the grasp of several tacklers on his way to a great touchdown off a screen pass.  Bachman also bobbled a catch, but kept fighting for it while he lost his footing, and managed to catch the pass while lying on his back.  It was pretty spectacular.  Catron Houston ran some slip-screens again today, and scored a touchdown off one of them.  Houston is indeed the next Glover.  The rest of the receivers saw light action today, but the unit did well overall.

Cumulative Practice Statistics:
L.A. Reed: 4 catches for 86 yards, TD
Joel Filani: 3 catches for 81 yards, TD
Grant Walker: 3 catches for 59 yards
Edward Britton: 3 catches for 50 yards, 1 rushing attempt for 4 yards
Thomas Bachman: 2 catches for 35 yards, TD
Catron Houston: 3 catches for 30 yards, TD
Robert Johnson: 1 catch for 20 yards
Danny Amendola: 1 catch for 15 yards
Todd Walker: 2 catches for 14 yards
Michael Dorsey: 1 catch for 10 yards
Kelly Hildebrandt: 1 catch for 5 yards

Offensive Line
The offensive line has turned the tables on the D-Line, dominating the last few practices.  The quarterbacks had time to let the receivers work their way deep downfield today, and the running backs had some huge holes to run through.  They have simply stepped up their game in a big way this week, and have played well enough to alleviate concerns about the unit for next year.  The fact that the defensive line and offensive line are trading off great performances shows the talent in both units, and should have Texas Tech fans excited for next year.

Defensive Line
Dek Bake was the shining star of this unit today, recording the day's only unpenalized sack.  Bake is just a big, scary, and talented man.  Yenzer would have had a sack as well, but he got off of the line slightly early, so he was flagged for it.  Still, Tyler's tenacity is noteworthy.  McKinner Dixon has been surprisingly not dominant the past few practices, and the same goes for Hudler and Nitschmann.  I would attribute this to the great play of the offensive line this week, and I look forward to watching the units continue to battle it out in the trenches in the coming weeks.

Ryan Hale continues to be a very welcome surprise, recording a monster hit that caused an incompletion.  The unit does not seem to be as dominant in the absence of Fletcher Session, who is still unfortunately injured.  With Stratton and Session currently out, the unit just isn't that cohesive.  Still, if Keyunta Dawson, Paul Williams, and Session can all be healthy by the Fall, expect them to be your starters and have a very solid season. 

Defensive Backs
Hines was definitely the star of the day here, and continues to gain ground on Garcia with every practice.  He had an interception and several pass deflections today, and provides the unit with another solid player, which is always welcome.  Jordy Rowland also had an interception today, but it came off of a deflection and he was in the right place at the right time.  The battle between Lance Fuller and Darcel McBath for the free safety spot was intense today, with both players stepping up their game to try and hold off the other.  It was very difficult to judge a winner today, but I will be sure to keep you apprised of any developments here.

Now lets hand out some awards:

Best Overall Unit:
Offensive Line

Best Individual Performance: (tie)
L.A. Reed
Anthony Hines

Mr. Underrated:
Ryan Hale

Best Newcomer:
Kobey Lewis


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