Swing and a Miss

The Texas Tech University Red Raiders spent the day working in jerseys and shorts while battling a cold West Texas breeze. One of the units of the team struggled, while another had a solid day. Come inside to find out in the April 11th Practice Report.

Today ended up not being the best moment for Texas Tech Head Coach Mike Leach and his vaunted Air Raider Offense. Offensively, the team struggled mightily at times and seemed overall to be in a funk throughout the entire practice.

Leach held the offensive players after practice and declined to allow his players the opportunity to talk to the Media. Defensive coordinator Ruffin McNeil followed suit.

Leach even had the entire offense doing up-downs at one point to showcase his displeasure.

There were some good signs, though, as senior right tackle/right guard Jake Johnson was allowed to participate in practice today and see his first action since injuring his knee against Colorado during the 2007 football season.

Johnson looked a little rusty but was moving well with the massive braces on his knees and looks to be well on his way to recovery.

Eric Morris sat out of practice with what is believed to be a minor injury and is expected back short. In his absence, Adam James and transfer Blake Kelly rotated with the first-string offensive unit at the H inside receiver position.

Defensively, it was a fairly strong practice, as the Red Raider Swarm Defense did just that. Jamar Wall and Brent Nickerson had interceptions during the abbreviated scholarship players v. scout team players work-out.

Blake Collier, who had been absent from practice on Monday and Wednesday, was back with a vengeance today and looks to have secured one of the two linebacker positions in the Red Raiders nickel defensive package.

Defensive Coordinator Ruffin McNeil said that Collier seems to be seeing things easier and faster, with more confidence.

In other news, McKinner Dixon did not participate in the latter portions of practice and had ice on his right leg, though he appeared fine walking after practice.

Daniel Howard, the often talked about rush-end, had a strong day of practice and gives the Red Raiders a very intriguing option that was shown off today in practice. Howard lined up as an end, popping to his feet and dropping back into coverage as the middle-linebacker.

LA Reed continues to progress at a rapid rate and is another player who seems to be making a serious push for playing time this coming season.

Notable Notes :

- It seems to have been parents' day as both of Daniel and Taylor Charbonnet's parents were in attendance along with Graham Harrell's father.

- Ed Britton was at practice and working as if nothing had happened, lending credibility to the theory that his recent arrest and subsequent release on bond was nothing more than an administrative error.

- Offensive line coach Matt Moore spent the day shuffling the deck once again as Jake Johnson, Louis Vasquez, and Chris Olson moved around the line.

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