April 6th Practice Report

The Texas Tech Red Raiders practiced under a warm sun and cool breeze, and this was about how the team performed. One unit had a dominating day while the other was as ineffective as humanly possible, to the point that players were doing up-downs at one point during practice. Come inside for the RaiderPower practice report from Monday, April 6th.

Practice Observations Texas Tech may be known for its high flying offense and talented quarterbacks, but today they were terrible. Neither Taylor Potts, Stephen Sheffield, Stefan Loucks, Seth Doege, or Garrett Riley was any sort of consistent and earned the ire of Mike Leach throughout the day.

Aaron Crawford joined Jamar Wall, Chris Perry, and De'Shon Sanders on muscle beach today.

Brandon Carter was laying on the Jones AT&T turf while the scrimmage was going on, much like a big kid at the beach.

Lonnie Edwards, Joe King, Deveric Gallinton, and Justin Keown were the first group to do up-downs during practice after allowing back-to-back-to-back sacks by Brandon Sesay and company.

• Sam Fehoko and Tyrone Sonier had particularly good days at linebacker while Blake Collier looked very fast as well.

Brett Dewhurst and Jared Flannel were the ones doing the hard-hitting in today's practice. Dewhurst is starting to look more and more like Daniel Charbonnet as practice wears on.

Brandon Sharpe continues to beat Terry McDaniel in practice, primarily because McDaniel seems to have lost his confidence in himself and his ability to block.

LaRon Moore had a strong day and started it off well with an interception off of a deflected pass early in practice.

Taylor Charbonnet also intercepted a pass during practice, though it appears that he is no longer being considered as a return man. Those duties went to Cornelius Douglas, Eric Ward, and Harrison Jeffers.

• The receivers were awful, absolutely terrible throughout the entire day. The only players who had any glimpse of success were former walk-on Alexander Torres, Jacoby Franks, and Austin Zouzalik, though "Zoo" did drop a touchdown pass in the end zone near the end of practice.

Adrian Reese seems to have benefitted from his red-shirt year and has moved outside to the X receiver position. While not fast, if he can continue to improve his catching abilities then he should be a nightmare for smaller corners in the endzone.

Britton Barbee had a tremendous day in practice and looks like he might be able to play meaningful snaps this year, if necessary.

Rajon Henley saw time at left defensive end today, along with time at defensive tackle. It appears that Henley will spend time at left end during run situations and defensive tackle during pass situations.

David Neill drew the ire of Benny Wylie throughout practice today, apparently because he was holding throughout the day.

• The defensive ends don't seem to be set in any way, shape, or form.

• It appears that it is the time during spring practice where the offense has hit a wall, usually followed by Mike Leach declaring an open quarterback competition followed by improvement in the offense. While the improvement hasn't been seen yet, the "hitting a wall" certainly has.

• Brandon Sesay may not ever be a starting defensive end or defensive tackle, but he will continue to be one of the most motivated defensive linemen on the team. Sesay has also worn three numbers thus far in practice, 90, 47, and most recently 86.

Awards

Offensive player of the day: None applicable

Catch of the day: A juggling catch by Jacoby Franks along the West sidelines.

Defensive player of the day: Brandon Sesay

Defensive play of the day: Tip drill interception by Laron Moore early in practice.

Quote of the day:

"Muy bueno, muy bueno. Muy contento."

Defensive coordinator Ruffin McNeil to a scout team linebacker nicknamed "Senor" after a diving interception.


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