Red and Black Spring Game Report

The Texas Tech Red Raiders played in the annual Red and Black game today at Jones AT&T stadium under a warm sun and light breeze. RaiderPower was there to cover all of the action, including comments from some of today's standout players. So come inside for the April 19th, Red and Black game practice report.

Texas Tech receiver Michael Crabtree, who had 6 catches for 54 yards and a touchdown, was his usual explosive self, though he had a few drops mixed into his performance today.

"[We] really started pretty slow," Crabtree said. "Our second team did a good job of finishing up for us, though."

During halftime, Head Coach Mike Leach had a few points for his offensive players to consider in regards to their early play.

"He said that we need to step it up, play hard."

Leach went even further, mentioning a possible change in the practice schedule to include a Monday scrimmage.

"There might be," Crabtree, grinning, said. "We started out so slow, we aren't used to starting out slow. Any time there's a mistake you're going to correct it."

Quarterback Graham Harrell, who threw 16 completions on 28 attempts for one interception, agreed with his favorite target's description of how the offense started.

"Well, it was up and down. We would have liked to score a few more points I guess, but that's the way it goes."

Harrell also had praise for his adversaries for today only, the Red Raider defense.

"I thought the defense really played well. Like I said, we would have liked to score a few more points but it was a decent scrimmage."

Notable Notes :

- Linebacker Bront Bird had a very solid day playing on the strong side, including a tackle on running-back Kobey Lewis in the open field.

- Linebackers Sam Fehoko, Tyrone Sonier, and Chris Wallace came up with the defensive unit's three interceptions on the day. Fehoko's was perhaps the most impressive as he broke on a pass intended for Edward Britton and caught it with his forearms.

- Blake Kelly was the offensive MVP and might have secured himself the number 2 position at the H-slot receiver position with 10 catches for 86 yards and a touchdown. Kelly made the "wow" play of the day as he brought in a pass one-handed and ran down the field for an additional 10 yards before being tackled.

- Defensive end McKinner Dixon was back with a vengeance, proving to be a terror for most of the day. Fellow defensive lineman Richard Jones had a strong outing, seeing time as a defensive tackle and as a defensive end when Brandon Williams was in a standing position.

- Chris Perry appeared to go down with a fairly serious injury early in the scrimmage, though it ended up being minor enough to allow Perry to return in the second half.

Offensive Stats :


Graham Harrell: 16 comp. 28 att. 1 int. 190 yds. 1 sack

Taylor Potts: 29 comp. 38 att. 0 int. 1 td. 5 sacks.

Steven Sheffield: 1 comp. 3 att. 6 yards 4 sacks

Stefan Loucks: 9 comp. 13 att. 80 yards 1 int. 1 td. 0 sacks

Seth Doege: 5 att. 8 comp. 32 yards 1 sack

Receiving No. Yards Td Long

Blake Kelly: 10 86 1 16

Detron Lewis 7 93 0 26

M. Crabtree 6 54 1 19

Lyle Leong 6 39 0 10

S. Woods 6 04 0 6

Rushing Baron Batch 15 att. 57 gain 10 loss 47 net 11 long

Avg: 3.1

Aaron Crawford 7 att 45 gain 0 loss 45 nett 1 td 19 long

Avg: 6.4

S. Woods 7 att 32 gain 2 loss 30 net 18 long

Avg: 4.3

Come back Monday for the final RaiderPower spring practice report.

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