Texas Tech Spring Game - Baucum's Take

RaiderPower's John Baucum shares his take and a few thoughts on head coach Tommy Tuberville's first (2010) Red/Black game.

    • Tuberville and his staff are mostly pleased with the progress the players have made.

    • Offensively, both Doege and Karam benefitted greatly from the absence of Potts and Sheffield. This may not pay serious dividends during the 2010 season but you'll see it play out in seasons beyond.

    • James Willis and his staff intentionally ran a pretty vanilla defense today. Willis also was not concerned about the amount of points scored on his guys. He gave credit to the offense and also pointed out that he was much more pleased with his players as far as positioning and missed tackles. Aside from the dazzling 64 yard play from Cornelius Douglas and some tough running from the RBs, Willis felt like the defense responded well as compared to the problems they had in scrimmage #2.

    • Because of quality depth, I believe you'll see substitutions more often with the receiving corps. Additionally, the coaching staff will continue to evaluate playing senior WR Detron Lewis as both an inside and outside receiver.

    • Obviously we saw great plays today from Donald Langley and Brian Duncan. With some injured players returning soon and the arrival of JUCO DE Scott Smith, Willis' aggressive defense will have several more options at its disposal.

    • Offensively, Harrison Jeffers and Aaron Crawford are really going to push Baron Batch and Eric Stephens.

    • Defensively, depth on the line is a concern but the injuries have given inexperienced players a chance to shine. Senior LB Bront Bird singled out DT Britton Barbee as someone who has really stepped up and made a difference for this team.

    • Even though Texas Tech has been known as an up-tempo team, Tuberville and his staff are still not where they want to be in that area. Intense work with the strength and conditioning staff will continue through the summer to get players prepared for the pace that Tuberville would like to see. An out of town sportswriter commented Saturday afternoon that he genuinely thought Texas Tech was going to run 100 offensive plays against an opponent in the 2010 season.

    • Neal Brown and James Willis are excellent coordinators and deserve a lot of credit for getting this squad to where they are right now. Texas Tech will score points and conversely stop the opponent from scoring in ways that fans have not seen previously.

    • The post game autograph session was a tremendous success. It was a timed event (1 hour) and the crowd around the player's tables and Tuberville's tent and table were steady for the entire length of the event. The line for coach Tuberville's autograph stretched 100 yards from the south end zone to the north end zone.

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