August 9th Practice Report

The Texas Tech Red Raiders had their second practice of the Fall Camp 2009 at the football practice facility. The second of three practices without pads, come inside for the RaiderPower practice report from Sunday, August 8th 2009.

Practice Observations

Texas Tech quarterback Taylor Potts had another strong day of practice. Potts had a good command of the offense today and did a good job checking plays at the line of scrimmage.

• Freshman defensive back Daniel Cobb had a tremendous day of practice including a diving pass break-up and an interception in the end zone during pass skeleton.

Aaron Crawford practiced again today but did wear a blue "Don't touch me" jersey for all of practice.

Jamar Wall and Brent Nickerson were working with the first team defense while LaRon Moore, Nathan Stone, and Taylor Charbonnet rotated in with the second string secondary.

• Terrance Bullitt is going to be a tremendous player in the secondary once he has time to mature. During drills in practice today, he was playing a single high safety position and showed off lightning quick reflexes and extremely smooth movement.

• Sophomore defensive lineman David Neill is making a quick transition back to the defensive line from offensive line. It seems that the coaches are planning on playing him at defensive tackle, though he could see time at defensive end as well.

Dion Chidozie and Brandon Mahoney both drew the ire of defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Ruffin McNeil after failing to give enough effort during a drill.

• The defensive line spent nearly half an hour working with the linebackers on different blitz packages during the team portion of drills. While this may not indicate more blitzes this season, it is possible that this may be an option to generate a greater pass-rush.

Chris Olson once again worked at the starting left tackle position while Terry McDaniel worked next to left guard Lonnie Edwards.

• Aaron and Taylor Charbonnet not only look alike, but have similar styles of play. Both are slightly undersized and extremely fast defensive backs.

Derrick Mays had several good catches during the early portions of practice and showed off tremendous acceleration from the line of scrimmage.

Brandon Sesay was not at practice again today, and it appears less and less likely that he will be on the roster for the 2009 season.

Matt  Williams looks to have added bulk after spending an off-season working with the Tech football training staff.

• A new group of visitors were present at practice today, high school coaches from Canada in Lubbock to learn the Air Raid offense.

Adam James had a strong day of practice and showed outstanding strength, separating from safeties and corners with ease.

Jacoby Franks and Alexander Torres are neck and neck in the competition at the Z receiver position. Both had good days of practice.

Awards

Offensive play of the day: Baron Batch

Defensive player of the day: Jamar Wall.


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