August 13th Practice Report

The Texas Tech Red Raiders continued their preparations for the start of the 2009 season today under a bright sky at their football training facility. The offense practiced without two starters while the defense was without one starter, forcing the units to adapt and show off their depth. Come inside for the RaiderPower practice report for Thursday, August 13, 2009.

Practice Observations

• While it appeared yesterday that the Texas Tech Red Raiders might be without the services of star running Baron Batch for the entire 2009 season, it now appears that he could be back as early as the last non-conference game. Batch was at practice running with his left elbow in a brace that prevented the elbow from bending but did not restrict the movement of his wrist or shoulder.

• Stephen Sheffield had a good day at quarterback and for the first time in several days didn't look spotty. He threw the ball well, though he did throw a bad interception to rookie Terrance Bullitt during team drills.

Eric Stephens broke off several good runs and runs after the catch, seeing increased playing time with the injury to Baron Batch and Aaron Crawford continuing to wear the blue "don't hit me" jersey.

Harrison Jeffers still appeared somewhat gimpy but ran well throughout the day.

Jamar Wall continues to play right corner in what might become a permanent move while there is a rotation of Taylor Charbonnet and others at left cornerback.

Franklin Mitchem took flack for several missed assignments during practice today.

• With starting linebacker Marlon Williams out resting a sore right leg, Blake Collier was working as the starting right outside linebacker while scout team member Riley Harvey moved to the second team outside linebacker.

Will Ford has extremely good acceleration and good hips, which might lend him to a move from safety to corner.

Brandon Carter, who left practice yesterday, was held out today as a strictly precautionary measure. He should return to practice either Friday or Saturday. His absence gave Chris Olson the chance to work some at left guard while Terry McDaniel got to continue his time perfecting his left tackle skills.

Eric Ward had another strong day, including a diving catch during pass-skeleton.

• Aaron Crawford continues to rest with the blue jersey, though he is allowed to do more and more in the pass-skeleton drill each day.

Chris Perry continues to play well while Myles Wade and Pearlie Graves both had good days in practice today.

Edward Britton continues to excel and his hands have improved drastically, even when compared to this time last year.

Alex Torres seems to have officially won the starting job at the Z receiver position. His height, body control, and tenacity make him a threat across the middle. While he won't break tackles and run like Michael Crabtree did, he is difficult to tackle and could break tackles by simply running over smaller defenders.

Tramain Swindall had a tremendous day of practice including two 40+ yard touchdowns during the team portion of practice.

Awards

Offensive player of the day: Tramain Swindall

Defensive player of the day: Rajon Henley


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