August 17th Practice Report

The Texas Tech Red Raiders practiced at Jones AT&T Stadium for the second time this Fall camp. One freshman made a particularly large impression on the crowd of several hundred on hand. Come inside for the RaiderPower practice report from Monday, August 17, 2009.

Practice Observations

Texas Tech freshman running back Eric Stephens stole the show tonight as he broke what looked to be a short gain on a screen into a touchdown during the team portion of drills. This is, without a doubt, the first time that a player has received a standing ovation during a practice.

• Stephen Sheffield may have finally completely taken hold of the back-up quarterbacks spot. Sheffield had crisp passes and good, not great, pocket presence.

Detron Lewis and Tramain Swindall were both decent during practice but each had several crucial drops.

Harrison Jeffers had a decent day of practice but did fumble at a crucial point during the team practice. That fumble was recovered by Blake Collier.

Colby Whitlock intercepted a screen pass and returned it for a touchdown during the early portions of team practice. Whitlock's interception helped energize a relatively lethargic defense.

Taylor Charbonnet, Jamar Wall, and Nathan Stone had good nights of practice as did freshman "Jet" back Will Ford. Franklin Mitchem had an interception in addition to a strong day of practice.

Marlon Williams was very violent at the point of attack during tonight's practice, including a brilliant tackle of Eric Stephens.

• The offense and the defense were both about equal during practice tonight, each doing well and struggling in their own right.

Chris Olson was starting at left tackle while Terry McDaniel was working with the second team. Olson did miss a crucial block on the fumble by Harrison Jeffers.

• E.J. Celestie set out the day of practice as far as contact is concerned. Baron Batch was allowed to work with some of the receiving drills, though he did not participate in any of the contact drills.

Aaron Crawford also continued to work with a blue jersey on.

Chris Perry and Pearlie Graves are near copies of each other. Though Perry is slightly taller and thicker, the two have similar styles of play.

Edward Britton and Alex Torres both had good days of practice and seem to be further cementing their starting rolls.

Bront Bird was particularly adept at blitzing during tonight's practice. It appears that Bird seems to have managed to put his mental difficulties behind him.

Awards

Offensive player of the day: Eric Stephens

Defensive player of the day: Franklin Mitchem


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