August 14th Practice Report

The Texas Tech Red Raiders practiced under a cool, cloudy August night sky as they continued preparing for their season opening game against North Dakota State. Come inside for the RaiderPower practice report from Friday, August 14, 2009.

Practice Observations

Baron Batch and Brandon Carter were both out of practice today as Batch rests his injured elbow while Carter appears to continue to rest as a precautionary measure.

Seth Doege looked particularly good during the team portion of practice while Eric Stephens and Andre McCorkle shared the majority of the snaps during that portion of practice.

Detron Lewis and Tramain Swindall both had uncharacteristic days as they each dropped several catchable passes, including Lewis' drop of a wide-open touchdown during the pass skeleton drill.

Harrison Jeffers continues to seem slightly gimpy as do both Taylor Charbonnet and Aaron Charbonnet. Both of the brother Charbonnet had wraps on their hamstrings, though they both continued to play.

Jamar Wall seems to have permanently moved to right cornerback while Nathan Stone looks to have a better and better chance of starting at left cornerback.

• The Texas Tech defense began practicing their extremely effective "Jet" package today and Will Ford was the surprising member of that squad. Ford was given the first opportunity to be the "Jet" back, a position that Daniel Charbonnet held down for the last three seasons. Ford looked extremely good at this position and it is possible that he could see immediate playing time in this capacity.

Marlon Williams was back in practice and looked sharp today, including a big hit on receiver Tramain Swindall.

• Terrance Bullitt had a freshman moment where he missed a coverage during pass skeleton. Bullitt is at least a year away from being able to contribute on defense, particularly from a physical standpoint.

Terry McDaniel had a tough day at left tackle, struggling with Daniel Howard and Brandon Sharpe when they were playing the "Joker" back position. McDaniel should be able to get better as he spends more and more time going against the speed-rushers but he is not ready to tackle that challenge yet.

Eric Ward continues to impress in practice and is slowly separating himself from the likely redshirts to a player that could see important playing time during the season.

Aaron Crawford was allowed to have some contact during practice, though he was still wearing a blue jersey.

Chris Perry has shed some weight from this time last season and looks outstanding in practice. He and Colby Whitlock working as the one and two nose guards are going to be a tremendous asset in Big XII play.

Edward Britton is, without a shadow of a doubt, the most improved offensive player on the team. His hands and route running have improved dramatically from the Spring and if he has the opportunity, he could have a thousand yard season with ease.

• Alex Torres, known as "Torro" (Spanish for bull), had another strong day of practice and might have the softest hands on the team.

Blake Collier had the lone interception during the team portion of practice, though he looked more like the intended receiver than a defender.


Offensive player of the day: Edward Britton

Defensive player of the day: Daniel Howard

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