August 11th Practice Report

The Texas Tech Red Raiders second day in pads provided for some interesting moments both at the practice field and, for the first time this fall, at Jones AT&T stadium. Come inside for the RaiderPower practice report from Tuesday, August 11, 2009.

Practice Observations

Texas Tech signal caller Taylor Potts had a good, not great, day of practice. He did throw an interception in the pass-skeleton portion of the day. He also seems to be taking on more of a leadership role as fall camp progresses.

• Stephen Sheffield was the second string signal caller today and struggled mightily. Sheffield almost seems over-confident in his competition with Seth Doege for the #2 job behind Potts.

• It appears that the coaching staff may be considering using Eric Stephens as a return specialist now and not later. Stephens showed great acceleration on both kickoff and punt returns. The shifty freshman looks almost like Johnny Mack when it comes to returning kickoffs.

Baron Batch was the standout running back today, gaining yards through a combination of speed and strength.

• It was a somewhat better day for the cornerback including yesterday's struggler Taylor Charbonnet. LaRon Moore continues to struggle with consistency while Jamar Wall seems to be close to late 2007 form when he was at his best.

Daniel Cobb hits like a ton of bricks. He laid out several receivers during today's practice, though he did draw the ire of safeties coach Carlos Mainord for a missed coverage during pass-skeleton.

Rajon Henley and Brandon Sharpe were working with the first team defense today, as opposed to the second stringers they had worked with previously.

Tyrone Sonier and Sam Fehoko both had strong days, including a diving deflection by Sonier in pass skeleton drills.

Cody Davis waited until the second day of pads practice to start ringing receivers bells, including roughly separating Austin Zouzalik from the football during team drills.

Justin Keown can't seem to nail down the second string center position. Blake Emert took part of the repetitions at that spot in the later stages of practice and Chris Olson can also play at that spot if needed.

Eric Ward had another good day of practice, though he did not work with the starters during pass-skeleton drills.

• Seth Doege looked good early in practice but did not receive any repetitions during the team portion of practice.

David Neill, called meathead, had several good plays during today's practice and seems to have found his niche as the defensive tackle to Myles Wade's nose tackle.

Adam James had a good day of practice, making up for his drops Monday. On the other hand, Detron Lewis struggled greatly with catching the football.

• Alexander Torres recorded his first drop during today's practice, though he continues to work with the first team offense.

Awards

Offensive play of the day: Baron Batch

Defensive player of the day: Cody Davis


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