Good morning, Raiders. We are now just eight days from the 2010 opening kickoff against SMU (2:30 CDT, ESPN) on Sept. 5. Texas Tech taking today off to help rest and heal up a little more before the Red Raiders begin their first week of game preparation for SMU.
Be sure to tune in to FOX Sports Southwest today at 12:30 p.m. CDT for the Texas Tech Preview Show followed by FSN's college football show at 1 p.m.
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Chatting It Up
We will be doing a preseason chat over on FOX Sports Southwest's website on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. where you and other fans will have a chance to ask myself and other contributing writers questions about the Red Raiders, SMU and the upcoming season. I will have a link to the chat once it is available.
What 2 Watch 4
If you really need that football fix before college football begins next week and don't want to watch the Cowboys and Texans tonight, I've got one game that could be a good one. Texas high school football powerhouses Austin Lake Travis and Austin Westlake square-off on FSSouthwest.com tonight at 7:30 p.m. CDT as part of Week 0 for high school football. Get a look at the future with Texas Tech commit Michael Brewer at quarterback for three-time defending state champion Lake Travis.
More Practice Notes
Tech head coach Tommy Tuberville said he still has not decided on a starting punter between Jonathan LaCour and Ryan Erxleben. He said he likely will know after Sunday's practice so that one guy is getting more reps the rest of the week.
LaCour sat out last season after violating team rules and was suspended the first six games. He was Tech's starting punter the previous two seasons averaging more than 40 yards per punt in 54 attempts. Erxleben was the main guy for the final 11 games last season, also averaging more than 40 yards per punt in 43 attempts.
I spoke with PonyStampede.com publisher Josh Harvey on SportsRadio 1340AM The Fan in Lubbock on Thursday about some of the key storylines coming out of SMU camp heading into their preparations for the Red Raiders.
There was plenty of talk about quarterback Kyle Padron and how his numbers from last season (1,922 yards, 10 TDs in seven games) are expected to double and who will step up at the receiver positions for the Ponies.
One thing that stood out to me was the moves going around on the defensive line for the Mustangs. Junior defensive end Marquis Frazier will make the move over to nose tackle this season in SMU's 3-4 front, giving them a solid pass rush up the middle. Frazier had 45 total tackles last season, including eight tackles for loss and four sacks.
Ever wonder how much attention coaches pay to news clippings? Here's what Tech senior right tackle Chris Olson had to say after Friday's practice:
"They're really experienced because defensive line-wise they are returning everybody," Olson said. "They just moved one of their ends to nose so they are going to be really athletic up front. They'll probably be one of the biggest lines that we see all year."