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The Texas Tech Red Raiders returned to the practice fields after yesterday's scrimmage. The offense once again had a strong day, but did the defense rebound from their difficult time during the scrimmage? Come inside for the RaiderPower August 14th practice report.

News & Notes

Texas Tech Head Coach Mike Leach gave his annual "over-time" and "time-out" speech during practice. It's little things like this speech that help make the Red Raiders among the most competitive teams in the Big XII during overtime.

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Harrison Jeffers heads toward the endzone.
• RB Harrison Jeffers did not work out in pads today, although he was practicing.

Darcel McBath had a great interception during one-on-one drills, showing great anticipation to catch the football in the back of the end zone.

Taylor Potts had another strong day, looking significantly better than he did at this time last week.

Graham Harrell was once again on his game today, throwing the ball well but also checking into timely runs.

Baron Batch continues to be the most impressive running back in camp, though he seems to be getting the fewest snaps with the starters.

Brandon Sesay saw time at defensive tackle today during one-on-one warm-up drills within the defensive line. It's entirely possible that he was spending time with the tackles and Coach Hudler to work on his inside pass-rush moves or that the coaching staff feels he could get onto the field earlier this way.

• The offensive line had a strong day again, though starting left tackle Rylan Reed was again out resting his leg. Louis Vasquez was playing at left tackle, and while he is more than serviceable at that position, he is significantly better at guard than tackle. He was beaten around the corner by Brandon Williams more than once during practice.

Chris Perry and Richard Jones are a strong tandem working with the second team defense.

• It appears that L.A. Reed was told once again that he wasn't allowed to hit, although he was in pads today. Reed had his injured right arm re-wrapped early during practice. Reed had been sporting a cast on that hand earlier in the week which was immobilizing his pinky and ring finger on his right hand.

• While Shawn Byrnes and Stephen Hamby are competing for the starting center spot, Hamby continues to be extremely versatile and saw time at left guard as Vasquez was at left tackle.

Donnie Carona and Cory Fowler both missed their kicks to end practice with Carona's hitting the left upright while Fowler's was very wide right. The distance was 48 yards.

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OL Mickey Okafor and DL David Neill prepare to face off.
Jake Ratliff had a strong day at left end and while he isn't the flashiest player on the field, he did a good job there today.

• Cornerbacks Coach Brian Mitchell was today's third base coach as he helped to signal in the defensive plays.

• Over all, the defense looked significantly better during practice today than they did Wednesday. There was more intensity and better attention to detail. It appears Wednesday was the exception as opposed to the rule.


Offensive player of the day: Baron Batch

Catch of the day: Michael Crabtree in the back right corner of the end zone with one hand while losing his right shoe.

Defensive player of the day: Darcel McBath

Defensive play of the day: The run stuffing play of both the starting and back-up defensive line.

Quote of the day: "The thing I hate most is some fat back-up chewing ice here in the front." –Head Coach Mike Leach as he talked about appropriate conduct during the gathering between the end of regulation and the start of overtime.

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