April 20th Practice Report

The Texas Tech Red Raiders entered the last week of Spring practice prior to the 2009 season, splitting their time between the football training facility and Jones AT&T stadium during the team portion of practice, where one young player shined particularly bright. Come inside for the RaiderPower practice report from April 20th.

Practice Observations

Texas Tech Head Coach Mike Leach looked fairly pleased with his team after today's practice.

Jamar Wall remained on Muscle Beach while Baron Batch joined him, though Batch appeared to be in good shape. Lyle Leong was also out of practice.

• Harrison ripped off a 56 yard touchdown run, flashing his phenomenal speed and vision on the way to the South end zone, leaving the defense in the dust.

• With Marlon Winn not at practice today, Chris Olson was starting at right tackle while Brandon Carter manned left guard and Terry McDaniel at left tackle.

Mickey Okafor was a big reason for several goal line touchdown runs during the latter portions of practice.

Cody Davis blasted several receivers during practice, often preventing the receiver from coming down with the ball.

Brandon Sesay was again absent from practice, likely working on his grades. Brandon Sharpe had an outstanding day in his stead, both from a hand down defensive end position and as the "joker" back.

Chris Perry participated in practice, though his foot seemed to still be giving him some issues.

Taylor Charbonnet had an outstanding interception during the 1-on-1 portion of practice which would have gone the other direction for a touchdown.

• Alexander Torres had an off day of practice while Jacoby Franks looked good at the same position.

Adrian Reese continues to improve daily at the X receiver position, and while he will never be a speedster he has done a great down converting from Big Y to full-time X.

Detron Lewis had several tremendous catches during practice today, including a Crab-grab in the middle of the field.

• The younger quarterbacks did not participate at all during the team portion of practice, only Taylor Potts and Stephen Sheffield. Potts and Sheffield were both decent, though neither was particularly inspiring.

Edward Britton had several good catches during practice today, including a diving grab just above the turf on 3rd and long.

Ryan Haliburton looks like he may see the field at some point this year. While he is only a red-shirt freshman, he looks to be in a position to do good things at left end as he becomes more experienced.

Austin Zouzalik is continuing to force his way into the receiver rotation while Blake Kelly may be forcing Tramain Swindall into a lesser role at the H position.


Offensive player of the day: Harrison Jeffers

Catch of the day: Tramain Swindall with a phenomenal full-speed grab as he was running out of the end zone.

Defensive player of the day: Brandon Sharpe

Defensive play of the day: A gang tackle of Harrison Jeffers near the goal line, preventing him from scoring a touchdown during the team portion of practice.

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