Tuesday Practice Report

The Texas Tech Red Raiders (2-1, 0-0) practiced in shells Tuesday for just over two hours, beginning their preparations for this weekend's non-conference showdown with Southeastern Louisiana at Jones AT&T Stadium.

The team opened practice with a series of individual drills, putting an emphasis on the fundamentals of blocking, tackling, passing and catching that will be needed in Saturday night's contest against the Lions. After a period of isolated work with their respective position coaches, the offensive skill players went through a series of 1-on-1's against scout team defenders. Wide receiver L.A. Reed proved to be a difficult match-up in man coverage, making several catches including one leaping touchdown grab over a well-positioned cornerback. For the defense, corner Clarence Ward stepped up in the goal line portion of the drill, breaking-up two passes in the endzone.

The Raiders then worked through a number of special teams formations, starting with the field goal unit where seniors Keith Toogood and Alex Trlica were a combined 4-for-4 on their attempts. Special Teams coach Ruffin McNeill progressed into his punt and punt return drill before breaking the players back into their respective scout areas.

In the short team portion of practice, quarterbacks Graham Harrell and Chris Todd were a combined 6-of-6 passing and wide receiver Eric Morris made an impressive catch, pulling the ball in over his shoulder and dragging his feet to stay in bounds near the sideline.

Head Coach Mike Leach's team will practice again on Wednesday, continuing to prepare for Tech's first ever meeting with Southeastern. Saturday night's game will also mark Southeastern's first ever contest against a member of the Big 12 conference. Kickoff is set for 6:00 p.m. and will be broadcast on all of the affiliates across the Texas Tech Sports Network.


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