Upping the Intensity

The Texas Tech Red Raiders hit the practice field again on Saturday afternoon and it was full of action. What looked to be a routine practice turned into a day the Tech players would like to forget. After some lackluster play, Mike Leach scolded the players, canceled all media interviews, and called a 2-a-day practice for Sunday. Come inside for all the details.

News & Notes

• Head Coach Mike Leach was highly displeased with his team during practice today. The only time that Leach has ever appeared so displeased was during spring practice in 2007 when he made the receivers catch passes as it was well below freezing and beginning to snow.

• Craig James was at practice today, observing his son Adam and enjoying the atmosphere.

LaRon Moore was not practicing today with what appeared to be hamstring issues.

Eric Morris is having issues with his left hamstring again, and will probably not see action tomorrow.

• Defensive end Brandon Sesay made a great play to get past right tackle Marlon Winn for a sack, although he drew the ire of Texas Tech coach Mike Leach because he slapped the hand of quarterback Graham Harrell.

Taylor Potts, after a rebound yesterday, had difficulty during the pass-skeleton drill. Potts did appear somewhat better during team drills, though not spectacular.

• Defensive tackle Chris Perry seemed to be suffering from a minor injury and sat out of practice.

• Receiver Blake Kelly decked defensive tackle Clint "Turbo" Stoffels on a block down the field that made inside receivers coach Lincoln Riley ecstatic, with Riley giving Kelly a chest bump after the play.

Edward Britton continues to excel and again was praised for his improved hands.

Adam James was working with the first team during 11-on-11 drills after Eric Morris went out with a tweaked hammy. James also saw significant time as the hand down Big Y receiver and looked almost perfect with his releases from that position.

Mickey Okafor looks impressive right tackle, though he did miss a block during team practice that allowed Aaron Crawford to be stopped for a 2 yard gain.

• Right guard Jake Johnson had a strong day of practice and blocked defensive tackle Rajon Henley halfway down the field on a running play.

• Neither Donnie Carona or Cory Fowler had a particularly successful day kicking, with Fowler missing an extra point off of the right upright and Carona missed kicks beyond 40 yards.

Michael Crabtree ran the "elf" formation during practice, but at one point he did have a snap go over his head.

• Defensive end Daniel Howard was another player held out of practice, most likely for precautionary reasons. Howard has been working with the second team defense at right end.

• Freshman running back Harrison Jeffers had what can be described as only a tremendous run during team practice today. Jeffers started going left, cut back to the right and then went left again. Jeffers has great vision and tremendous acceleration.


Offensive player of the day: Harrison Jeffers

Catch of the day: Detron Lewis

Defensive player of the day: Brandon Sesay

Defensive play of the day: The entire defense, all 11 players on the field, collapsing upon a draw and stopping running back Shannon Woods for no gain.

Quote of the day: "You have to change the mentality at Texas Tech from 7-5 or 8-4 to 10-2 or 11-1." –Craig James

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