August 8th Practice Report

The Texas Tech Red Raiders opened fall camp under a blistering hot West Texas sun as they began their preparations for the 2009 season opener against North Dakota State. There were old faces and new aplenty around the practice facility. Come inside for the RaiderPower practice report from August 8th, 2009.

Practice Observations

Texas Tech quarterback Taylor Potts had a good first day of practice and seemed much more at ease than he did for most of the spring. While the receivers rotated in and out trying different combinations, Potts was extremely consistent and showed good decisiveness throughout the practice.

• Freshman quarterback Jacob Karam spent the day working with the scout team offense, and looked much like a freshman quarterback in his first day at the collegiate level would be expected to look.

• The often injured Aaron Crawford practiced today and looked like his old self. It appears that his injured shoulder has made a full recovery.

• Speaking of full recoveries, Jamar Wall participated in practice today with no restrictions. He looked to be as healthy as he has been since fall camp 2008.

Brandon Carter was practicing his field goal kicking and managed to hit a 20 yarder right between the uprights, swiftly followed by a kick that not only stayed inches above the ground but nailed a local television reporter in the left leg.

• Freshman defensive tackle Pearlie Graves, defensive end Kerry Hyder, and sophomore Myles Wade all looked ready to play in the Big XII immediately, at least from a physical point of view. Graves and Wade are both about the size of a Mack truck while Hyder isn't far behind.

• Terrance Bullitt showed several good flashes during today's practice, at one point defending a much more veteran receiver and forcing an incompletion. While Bullitt is extremely raw and in dire need of a year under strength and conditioning coach Bennie Wylie, he already seems ot have the mental aspect of the game developing nicely.

Brandon Sharpe and Daniel Howard rotated in at the right defensive end position while Sandy Riley manned the left end spot. It remains unclear who the second left defensive end will be should Riley hold the starting spot on that side.

Terry McDaniel was working with the second team offensive line while Chris Olson was working as the starting left tackle next to All-American Brandon Carter.

Taylor Charbonnet was working wit the first team defense at right cornerback instead of LaRon Moore. It remains to be seen if this is a permanent move or an evaluative technique from secondary coach Brian Mitchell.

• The freshman receivers (E.J. Celestine, Derrick Mays, Aaron Fisher, and Eric Ward) did not appear particularly impressive during practice today. This is mildly perplexing since Ward was on campus during the spring. While it is to early to tell for certain, right now it appear that all four of these players would be likely candidates for a red-shirt.

• Linebackers Brian Mahoney and Dion Chidozie both took reps with the 3 deep defense at one point or another in practice.

• Aaron Charbonnet, the third brother to play for the Red Raiders, is following in his older brother Daniel's footsteps as he worked today with the safeties, not the corners.

• One notable absence included defensive lineman Brandon Sesay. No indication was given as to whether or not he would be available for the 2009 season.

Donnie Carona let loose several outstanding punts during today's practice. It appears that the left footed kicker may be better suited to punting than anyone could possibly imagine.

• Defensive ends and defensive line coach Charlie Sadler still had a fairly serious bandage on his left wrist and forearm after suffering a burn during a grilling accident.

Austin Zouzalik (who may or may not have the nickname ZaZou) had an outstanding and consistent day playing at the inside receiving positions while Jacoby Franks had just as good a day playing at the Z receiving position. Franks had several acrobatic catches throughout the day in several different drills.

Awards

Offensive play of the day: Jacoby Franks

Defensive player of the day: Brian Duncan


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