August 12th Practice Report

The Texas Tech Red Raiders returned to their practice facility under partly cloudy skies and cooler temperatures. The bigger news isn't the play of the offense or defense, but an injury to one of the teams' stars. Come inside for the RaiderPower practice report from Wednesday, August 12, 2009.

Practice Observations

Texas Tech suffered what could be a season changing injury when Baron Batch went down with what appeared to be a serious injury to his left arm/elbow region. Batch was carted from the field to receive further medical attention, though it appears that he will be back at some point in the 2009 season.

Batch was injured during the offensive line/defensive line drills. He was hit by defensive tackle Chris Perry and then fell oddly on his arm.

• Stephen Sheffield continues to look spotty while Seth Doege continues to improve each day. While Sheffield may have been the easy favorite for the number 2 spot to start the season, Doege is gaining ground quickly.

Eric Stephens is now almost certain to now redshirt with the injury to Baron Batch. Stephens has a great first step, extremely quick acceleration, and should be able to contribute early as a kickoff and punt return specialist.

Harrison Jeffers was slightly gimpy on his right leg during practice today, the same leg in which he had cramps on Tuesday. He showed no ill effects as practice progressed.

Jamar Wall played right, not left, corner during practice today with Taylor Charbonnet starting at left cornerback. Brent Nickerson was backing-up Charbonnet while LaRon Moore was behind wall.

Franklin Mitchem rudely separated Adam James from the football during the team portion of the drills.

• Sam Fehoko and Tyrone Sonier had another decent day while Blake Collier struggled in the early portions of practice, though Collier did have a tremendous pass break-up in team drills.

Will Ford and Daniel Cobb are both showing flashes at least once a day, though Cobb did miss a coverage during the pass skeleton portion of the drill.

Justin Keown was working as the second string center again today better than yesterday. Chris Olson was playing left guard while Terry McDaniel was playing left tackle with the first team during team drills. Brandon Carter was strangely absent, though the reason for his absence is unknown.

Eric Ward is getting better each and every day. It now appears that the coaches are going to let him try for playing time in the fall and not redshirt him as originally planned.

Aaron Crawford continues to wear the blue don't hit me jersey as a precautionary measure. He seems to be fully healthy.

• Chris Perry got into it again with right tackle Joe King.

Edward Britton was fantastic during practice today, absolutely phenomenal. He caught everything thrown at him all day long and threw several strong crack-back blocks.

• Alexander Torres, nicknamed Torro or Air Force, seems to have just about locked down Michael Crabtree's old starting spot to the quarterback's right. His tenacity and good hands should make him an asset to Taylor Potts.


Offensive player of the day: Edward Britton

Defensive player of the day: Franklin Mitchem

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