Fine Tuning

The Texas Tech Red Raiders practiced exclusively at the Football Practice facility under a warm summer sun. Several of the players who've been injured in the last few days returned to practice. The defense also began working on several new plays. Come inside for the RaiderPower August 12th practice report.

News & Notes

• While it occurred near the end of practice, the best play of the day was a hit that drew looks from up and down the sidelines as cornerback L.A. Reed hit scout team receiver/tight end/full back J.J. Griffin so hard that it actually sent Griffin's helmet flying off and broke both right side chin-strap closures. Griffin got back into practice a few minutes later with a new chin-strap.

Graham Harrell had a strong day today, continuing to look sharp as ever while Taylor Potts had his first truly great practice of the fall.

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Harrison Jeffers has defenders on their heels.
Harrison Jeffers once again had an amazing run that left the second string defense look absolutely ridiculous. Jeffers just might have the best vision of any of the running backs currently on the roster.

Edward Britton had a spectacular catch during the pass skeleton drill. Britton, running a post at full speed, extended and caught the ball just before the back line in the end zone.

Blake Collier continues to have a strong fall camp and makes plays because of pure hustle, though sometimes he does hustle himself out of position.

Brandon Sesay had a tough day of practice and made a few mistakes early in practice. It appears that Sesay's best chance to see the field early will be as a pass-rusher, though he may face stiff competition from Jake Ratliff who seems to have worked extensively on his swim move during the off-season.

Chris Perry continues to play well and adjust to the climate of Lubbock, spending time working with Chris Hudler working on his pass-rush moves.

Victor Hunter was left in the dust today by Detron Lewis, who out ran him on a crossing route that ended up with Lewis running untouched 30 yards into the end zone.

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Marlon Williams had an oustanding practice.
Marlon Williams had a strong day of practice and continues to be one of the most vocal leaders on defense.

Shawn Byrnes and Stephen Hamby continue to alternate as the starting center. It's worth noting that there is absolutely no animosity between these two as they compete against each other.

Donnie Carona and Cory Fowler both had strong days and at the end of practice they hit back-to-back 48 yard field goals, drawing applause from their teammates.

David Neill and Clint "Turbo" Stoffels are one of the most humorous interior line duos that one could ever imagine. However, they both played well today in the interior of the line.

• The new defensive package alluded to at the top of this practice report is the standard "Jet" package which brings Anthony Hines onto the field as the strong safety, moves Daniel Charbonnet to the slot, brings Jordy Rowland onto the field as a weak-side linebacker and moves Marlon Williams to what would probably be as close to a middle linebacker in that formation.

The most interesting portion of that formation brings McKinner Dixon inside next to RaJon Henley as a pass rush defensive tackle. Dixon looked good at this position and it seems that Coach McNeil was serious about getting his athletes onto the field.


Awards

Offensive player of the day: Taylor Potts

Catch of the day: A one-handed catch by Michael Crabtree in the back of the endzone.

Defensive player of the day: Marlon Williams

Defensive play of the day: L.A. Reed destroying JJ Griffin, drawing the attention of every person on the practice field and anywhere near.

Quote of the day: "Everything that we're doing right now is preparing for Eastern Washington." Marlon Williams, when asked if there was any chance that the Texas Tech Red Raiders were overlooking the Eastern Washington Eagles.


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