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30-daytrialTexasTech'sTuesdaypracticewasflat.
Someplayersgaveaconsistentlygoodeffort.QuarterbackSethDoegeseemedoffthrowingballslowatthelineofscrimmage,butthegoodballswerebeingcaughtupbyJaceAmaro,DarrinMoore,andBradleyMarquez.CornerbackCorneliusDouglasbattledhardwiththeoutsidereceiversandthesecondarylookedprettygoodasawhole.
Butthepracticewasmissingsomething,especiallyconsideringwheretheteamleftoffMonday.
Theweatherwascoolerwithovercastskies,astrongwindandtemperaturesinthelow60sandheadcoachTommyTubervillethoughttheweatherwouldbeperfectfortheteamtocarryforwardwithsomegoodmomentumfromthelastpractice.
Hewaswrong.Physically,theteamisfine.Mentally,thecollectiveteamseemedboredTuesday.
"Notagreatpractice,"Tubervillesaid."Weshouldhavehadthebestoneofall.Wewereblessedwithalotofprettyweather.It'sawfulcoolouthere.Butforsomereason--We'renotphysicallytired,butitlookslikewe'rementallytired.We'vegotnoroomtoslowdown,we'vegottopickitupasIjusttoldthem.
"Weonlyhavefourdaysofcampleft.We'vegottoimprove.Offense,welookedsloppy.Defense,wegotalittlebetter.Butthat'saboutassloppyasyoucanlookonoffense."
Tubervilleaddedthebestteamsinhis32-yearcareerasafootballcoachdon'tdropofffromonepracticetothenext.
"Yourgreatfootballteamsareexperiencedandthey'vebeenthroughit,"hesaid."Theyknowwhattodo,buttheymentallystayinitthroughallofpractice.We'vegotsomanyyoungguysoutherethathaven'tlearnedasmuch.They'rehavingtoputtheirbodyintoitandtheirmindtoitanditdoesn'tcomenaturally.Whenyoudothat,mentally,youjustburnout.It'slikestudyingforanexamforthreeweeksandfinallyyourmindjustgetsweary.Thingsjumbleuptogether.
"Butwedon'thavetimetotakedaysofforgobackandjustrunbasicstuff.We're11daysfromteeingitupandalotoftheseyoungguysjusthavetokeeppilingiton.Wehopesomeofitsticks.Oncewegettopreparationweek,wecancutbackonalotofit.Butthisisstillspringpracticemodeandtryingtogetthemtolearnasmuchastheycan."
Tubervillethenhammereddownhispoint.Hesaidhetoldtheplayersthekeyisn'tsurvivingfallcampbutratherlearnthemechanicsoftheirpositionandhowtheyfitintothebiggerpicture.
TheTechplayersenteredfallcampmadabouttheirrankinginthemediapollbutthatfrustrationmindsethastakenabackseat.ItseemsliketheRedRaidersaresearchingalongwithfansforamagicfastforwardbuttontoSept.1oratleastAug.24whenthey'regameplanningexclusivelyforNorthwesternState.
"We'readdingthingseverydaysoit'sthecoaches'jobstogetthemmentallygoingandgeteveryreptheycanoutofit,"Tubervillesaid."Theydon'tallhavetobeperfect,butit'sallamentalgameandwe'replayingagainstourselvesallthisyear."
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TorreswasM.I.A
ReceiverAlexTorressatoutTuesday'spractice.
TubervillesaidTorresisbangedupandthecoldweatherwasn'tgoingtohelphimloosenup.
Theygavehimthepracticeoffbecausetheyalreadyknowhowheisgoingtofitintotheoffenseandheknowstheplaybook.
EricWardandHappinessOsundealsomissedpracticeandhavebeenaskedtostayawayfromtheteamTuesdaybecausetheyhavetheflu.
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Douglassettlingin
Afterbeingthrownintothefiremidwaythrough2011,formerreceiverandcurrentcornerbackCorneliusDouglasfinallyfeelsgoodabouthisroleondefense.Hehasafullspringandsummerunderhisbelt,andheknowswhatheneedstodotosucceedthisfall.
"Ifeelawholelotmorecomfortable,"hesaid."Iactuallygottolearnthebasicsofthedefenseandactuallygooutthereinsteadofcomingin(duringtheseason)andgoingoutthereandtryingtolearnthedefense.IreallycaughtonandI'mgettingacclimatedtowhat'sgoingon."
DouglasthinkshisexperienceatreceiverhasaidedhismoveandhelpedhimtoadaptasaDB.
"Yeah,justlearningfromthesplits,wheretheylineup,andthedifferentformations,thatreallyhelps.Howareceivercomesofftheball,howtheystem,howtheylean,thatreallyhelpsyoutounderstandwhatthey'regoingtodoonthefield."
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HyderlikesdepthatDT
JuniordefensivetackleKerryHyderhasbeenthroughsometoughtimesatdefensivetackle.Mostthoughthewasthebestinteriordefenderin2011,andthecoachingstaffhadtoburnhimoutabitwithsuchlittledepth.HyderthinkshehassomehelpthisfallandisreadytoseewhattherestofthetwodeepwilldocomeSept.1.
"Withthedepth,we'realotbetter,"hesaid."We'vegotpeoplethatcankeepcominginandrotating.Ifeltlikelastyear,oncethefirstteamcameout,itwasalittleletdown.Thisyearwe'vegotmoredepth,arefaster,andaremovingbetter.Ifeellikewe'vegotmoredepththisyear."
Hyderhasemergedasaleaderonthedefense.He'sbecomeoneofthemostvocalplayersontheteam,andhemadeitapparentonTuesdaywhenhetriedtopumpuphisteammatesduringthepostpracticeconditioning.
"Ijusttrytokeepeverybodyontheirtoes,keepeverybodyenergizedbecauseit'seasytogetsluggishandstartslowingdownattheendofcamp,"hesaid."Itwastooquietouthere.That'sthefourthquarterdrill.Attheendofthegame,we'vegottostillbeenergizedandstillbehyped,soIjusttrytospreadalittleenergythroughouttheteam."
-McKay
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