August 10th Practice Report

The Texas Tech Red Raiders had their third practice of Fall Camp 2009 under another blistering West Texas Sky. Today was the first day that the players put the pads on since the end of Spring Practice, and the elevated intensity level showed that change. Come inside for the RaiderPower practice report from Monday, August 10.

Practice Observations

• Quarterback Taylor Potts continues to excel during practice. While he had some issues during the pass skeleton portion of practice, he completely redeemed himself during the team drills later in the day.

Texas Tech Freshman safety Daniel Cobb is easily the furthest along of any of the freshmen defensive backs. While certainly not ready to play on Saturday's yet, he already has good intuition and impressive closing speed.

Aaron Crawford was once again in his blue jersey today meaning that the lion's share of running back snaps went to Baron Batch and Harrison Jeffers, though freshman Eric Stephens also saw a small number of snaps.

• Speaking of Harrison Jeffers, he had without a doubt the best day of any of the running backs in practice, breaking free for two 80+ yard touchdown runs during the team portion of the afternoon.

• The cornerbacks in general did not have a good day and generally struggled throughout the afternoon. Taylor Charbonnet probably had the most difficulty playing left corner while Nathan stone also struggled mightily.

Will Ford and Yashua Williams both showed flashes during today's practice.

Rajon Henley spent the day working as the number two defensive end behind Sandy Riley. Henley is down from 280 pounds to a lean 255 pounds and should be able to push Riley for the starting left defensive end spot.

Brandon Mahoney had a tremendous hit on a fellow scout team player this afternoon when he blasted a receiver catching the ball in the flats. Mahoney is light for a linebacker, but has good intuition.

• The starting defensive line (from left to right) is Sandy Riley, Richard Jones, Colby Whitlock, and Daniel Howard. The second stringers are Rajon Henley, Victor Hunter, Chris Perry, and Brandon Sharpe. Sharpe and Howard continue to trade days as the first string right end.

Chris Olson had a tremendous day at left tackle and seems to be slowly distancing himself from freshman Terry McDaniel.

Eric Ward seems to finally be putting things together, though he did struggle during one-on-one drills. He had several clutch catches during team practice from both Taylor Potts and Seth Doege.

• Doege had a good day of practice and received all of the repetitions as the second string quarterback. Whether this is a reflection on his skills as opposed to those of Stephen "Sticks" Sheffield or simply an attempt by Mike Leach to further evaluate the freshman is currently unknown.

Brandon Sesay was again absent from practice and the move of Rajon Henley from tackle to end further suggests that Sesay's return is not anticipated.

• In the Bull in the Ring drill, linebacker Bront Bird was tackled by walk-on freshman punter Ryan Erlexban. Erlexban is large for a punter (6'0" 190 pounds) and he also took down safety Brett Dewhurst.

Adam James struggled at points in practice with catching the football, highly unusual for the typically sure-handed James.

• Alexander Torres had a better day of practice than Jacoby Franks. It appears that the coaches will continue to evaluate these two players as practice continues. While Torres makes spectacular catches and is tough after the catch, Franks is unspectacularly spectacular, doing everything right at every opportunity without being overly flashy.

Awards

Offensive play of the day: Alexander Torres

Defensive player of the day: Brian Duncan


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