Tuesday Practice Report

The No. 22 ranked Texas Tech (2-0, 0-0) football team practiced Tuesday for the second time since their 38-35 victory at UTEP Saturday night. The Red Raiders began preparations today for their Top 25 showdown Saturday afternoon with No. 20 TCU in Fort Worth's Amon Carter Stadium.

The starting offensive and defensive units worked against their counterpart scout teams for most of the practice today, getting a good look at some of the schemes they will see this weekend from the Horned Frogs. Defensive end Jake Ratliff was virtually unblockable during most of today's action, finding himself in the scout offense's backfield on several occasions. Safety Daniel Charbonnet may have had the highlight of the drill, making a leaping interception and holding onto the ball despite taking a hit in mid-air.

The team did break into a brief live session that saw members of the two-deep go head-to-head for a series of plays. Back-up quarterback Chris Todd found receiver Edward Britton over the middle for a 20-yard strike to wrap-up the action before the two sides retreated to their respective scout work.

There was also some great news from practice that should bring a smile to the faces of many Red Raider fans. Safety Anthony Hines, who was caught in the middle of an unfortunate incident during the off-season in which he was stabbed in the abdomen, has been medically cleared to play. The coaching staff has yet to decide whether or not to play him this Saturday against TCU, since he may need some time to get back into the groove of things. Either way, we're very happy to see that Anthony is healthy and back with the team.

The team will practice again Wednesday, furthering their preparations for Saturday's contest. The game will mark Tech's first meeting with TCU since a 70-35 defeat of the Frogs in Lubbock in 2004. Kickoff is set for 4:30 p.m. and will be broadcast nationally on the Outdoor Life Network.

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