August 16th Practice Report

The Texas Tech Red Raiders practiced under a blazing West Texas sun in triple digit temperatures at both the football practice facility and Jones AT&T stadium. Come inside for the RaiderPower practice report from Sunday, August 16, 2009.

Practice Observations

Brandon Carter was back with a vengeance in practice today while Baron Batch did some running around without pads on, moving a football from his uninjured right arm to his injured left. It appears that Batch will miss, at most, one game to start the 2009 season.

Seth Doege had another strong day of practice. He continues to develop, but was allowed to participate in the bull in the ring drill to start practice. This may answer the questions as to who the number two quarterback is going to be.

• Detron Lews and Tramain Swindall both had good, not great days of practice. Swindall dropped a diving reception that would have gone for a touchdown during the team portion of practice.

Texas Tech's current duo at running back had a strong day. While Eric Stephens had the longers runs and receptions, Harrison Jeffers had a block the likes of which haven't been seen since Taurean Henderson was lining up in the backfield next to Cody Hodges or Sonny Cumbie.

Jamar Wall was back at left cornerback today while Taylor Charbonnet took most of the reps at right corner. The coaching staff may consider moving Wall around to cover the opponents best receiver.

Will Ford continued to practice as the "Jet" back, though he didn't have nearly as much success as he did the last two days. It appears that it is Ford's job to lose, but he needs to greatly improve his play before he is anywhere near the level of either Daniel Charbonnet or Jordy Rowland, players who both took repetitions at that spot.

Marlon Williams and Brian Duncan are the two nickel linebackers, both doing a very good job in coverage and giving the Red Raiders more options as far as blitzes and stopping the rung are concerned from that defensive formation.

• The offense absolutely drove the defense up and down the field during the entire team period of practice.

Terry McDaniel was working as the starting left tackle while Chris Olson was the second string tackle. Brandon Carter manned the left guard spot with the starters while Lonnie Edwards was the back-up left guard.

Eric Ward had a tougher day catching the football and also got into a pushing match with Brent Nickerson during team drills. Ward is the only freshman receiver that is receiving any reps wit the first or second team.

Aaron Crawford was allowed to participate in mild contact during practice today, though he was still held out of full team drills.

• Myles Wade and Pearlie Graves both had tough days on the defensive line, though as previously mentioned the entire defense struggled today.

• Edwrad Britton had another outstanding day of practice and it appears that he has not only locked down the starting "X" receiver position but that he will also be the teams primary kickoff returner along with Jamar Wall.

• Alex Torres had a quiet day of practice during team drills, though he continues to receive more reps than sophomore Jacoby Franks.

Blake Collier had another near interception during the pass skeleton portion of practice this afternoon. Collier currently appears to be the first linebacker "off the bench," at least at the outside positions.

Awards

Offensive player of the day: Edward Britton

Defensive player of the day: Brian Duncan


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