August 20th Practice Report

The Texas Tech Red Raiders practiced at their practice facility today with typical hot, August weather. One of the Raiders units dominated nearly every phase of the 7-on-7 and team portions of practice. Come inside for the RaiderPower practice report from Thursday, August 20, 2009.

Practice Observations

D.J. Johnson may be having the best Fall camp of any of the freshman defensive backs. Johnson had another outstanding day today including several pass break-ups and an NFL style "beat the receiver to the spot" interception in the end zone during team drills.

Adam James was working with the scout team during the pass skeleton drills.

• None of the receivers or the quarterbacks were overly effective during the team drill portion of practice. Taylor Potts and Seth Doege combined to go 6 of 22 with multiple interceptions.

Harrison Jeffers and Eric Stephens both had good days running the ball. The two are very similar in running style, though Jeffers brings a bit more power while Stephens brings more speed.

Colby Whitlock and the rest of the defensive line were in top shape today, stuffing rungs near the goal line, "tough" sacking quarterbacks, and in general harassing the offense.

Marlon Williams was wearing number 44 during practice today, though it appears this is only a temporary change as the players were sporting all black jerseys with no trim and white numbers.

Blake Collier had an excellent day of practice as did Tyrone Sonier.

Franklin Mitchem and Cody Davis both had outstanding days with Mitchem intercepting a pass and returning it for a would have been touchdown.

Chris Olson was back as the starting left tackle while Blake Emert moved up to the second team to player while back-up Justin Keown rehabs a leg injury.

Baron Batch continues to run during practice to keep up his endurance, though he did have issues catching the football during warm-ups.

Pearlie Graves and Myles Wade were both relatively quiet during practice today, though the two continue to impress coaches.

Alex Torres is a red-shirt freshman, not a red-shirt junior as an erroneously labeled Texas Tech roster states. Torres is without question the leading candidate to start opposite Eddie Britton as a wide receiver.

• The offense was forced to do up-downs on two separate occasions for lack of concentration and execution, particularly during the screen drill portion of practice.

Brian Duncan was down on the turf for a brief moment during practice, but jumped back-up and was in on a play several minutes later. It appears that he might have had the wind knocked out of him.

Bront Bird did not work with the starting linebackers during the pass skeleton portion of practice, these reps went to back-up Tyrone Sonier. Sonier has made a serious push the last several days and while it is unclear if Bird was kept out intentionally, it will be interesting to watch the changes at this position.


Offensive player of the day: Running backs.

Defensive player of the day: The entire defense.

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