Tuesday Practice Report

The Red Raiders are hard at work preparing for the SMU Mustangs, who will be coming to town this Saturday for Texas Tech's season opener. With sophmore QB Graham Harrell getting the nod as the starter for SMU, the spotlight is now on him to be the next great Red Raider quarterback under head coach Mike Leach.

The No. 25 ranked Texas Tech football team practiced in shells for two hours Tuesday, beginning their preparations for Saturday's season opener at home versus SMU. The first team offense worked against the defensive scout team with recently named starter Graham Harrell at the helm under center.

The first offensive highlight came when Harrell found fellow sophomore Todd Walker for a 30-yard touchdown on a catch made between two defenders near the goal line. Freshman running back Baron Batch continues to perform out of the Red Raiders backfield, going untouched through the left side on a carry that gave him a 30-yard touchdown of his own.

On defense, junior linebacker Paul Williams and junior defensive end Tyler Yenzer recorded sacks in a pass rush drill. Junior safety Joe Garcia is proving that he is ready for his first career start, coming away with an interception early on in practice.

The Raiders continue practice tomorrow readying themselves for their 33rd-ever meeting with the Mustangs. Tech has won 10-straight games in the series and will look to start the season with a win for the fourth-consecutive season.


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