• Today it wasn't Texas Tech Head Coach Mike Leach who had his players doing up-downs but special teams coach Clay McGuire. McGuire, who also runs the scout team offense, sent his unit into up-downs because of an inability to follow instructions. The scout team has spent the last few days running plays that mirror those of Eastern Washington, including lots of motion options and roll-out passes.
• Aaron Crawford and Shannon Woods continue to take the majority of the reps with the first team. It appears that Baron Batch is no longer in contention for the starting spot, though this isn't written in stone.
• Cornerback Jamar Wall had another good day of practice, while LaRon Moore and Brent Nickerson worked at right cornerback. De'Shon Sanders had been working with the second team at left cornerback and looks significantly better than he has all fall.
• Coach McGuire, the previously alluded to special teams coach, has a knack for details and had the linebackers who form the front two lines of the kickoff return formation working on fielding kicks before practice started today.
• Chris Perry looked good today, though practice was without pads. Perry won't be counted on to start right out of the gate, but he should certainly be capable of playing 20-30 plays during a game if needed.
• Darcel McBath continues to excel at safety and is one of the leaders in the defense. He and Daniel Charbonnet are a talented safety tandem with neither afraid to ask Coach Carlos Mainord about a certain play or call they are supposed to make.
• Jordy Rowland is working as a linebacker in the Red Raiders dime defensive packages and doing a good job from that position. Rowland is an intriguing player in that position and could be a surprise contributor this season.
• Deafening noise, including recordings of the Going Band and crowd from some point last season, was played during today's practice to force both the offensive and defensive players communicate using only hand signals.
Offensive player of the day: Graham Harrell
Catch of the day: Jamar Wall catching a punt during special teams practice.
Defensive player of the day: Anthony Hines
Defensive play of the day: Julius Howard intercepting a pass that would have gone for a touchdown.
Quote of the day: None applicable, loud noise was pumped into the stadium to simulate game-day conditions.