football

Notebook: Saturday will be key

MORE:
Fall
CampHQ|
Free
30-daytrial
Intensitypickingup
TexasTechheadcoachTommyTubervillewaspleasedwiththeRedRaiders'
intensityfollowingtheteam'sfirstFridaypractice.Theintensityoccasionally
translatedintoheatedmomentsonthepracticefields,butthat'sjustanormal
aspectofpreseasoncamp.
"Weweredraggingalittlebitearlier.Butwhenwegotintoteamwork,they
kindofpicked(theintensity)up,"Tubervillesaid."Wehadacoupleof
push-aroundsouthere,guyslosingtheirtempersalittlebit.That'sgood.
They'recompetingwitheachother.Aslongastheykeeptheirhelmetsonthey're
notgoingtohurteachother.
"They'reworkinghard.That'sallwecanaskofthemrightnow,rightinthe
middleoftwo-a-days."
Secondfullscrimmageontap
TheRedRaiderswillgothroughtheirsecondfullscrimmageofcamponSaturday
and,unlikelastweek,theteam'sfirst-teamunitsareexpectedtoseealotof
action.
TubervillesaidthatTech'sfirstunitwillgetaround40snaps,thesecondunit
willget30to35andthethreeswillgetatleast25.Alltold,withspecial
teamsplayincluded,Saturday'sscrimmageshouldmaxoutataround120plays.
"We'llputthemincertainsituationsthatwedidn'tdolastweek,"Tuberville
said."We'llputtheoffenseinabind.We'llputthedefenseinabind.There
won'tbealotoftackling,butitwillbefull-speedblockingandallofthat."
Therewillbeanincreasedemphasisoneliminatingfocuserrors,astheoffense
struggledwithneedlesspenaltiesduringtheteam'sfirstscrimmage.
"Wehadfiveorsixprocedurepenaltieslastweek,"Tubervillesaid."Thiswill
beatrueBig12group(ofofficials)thatwillcomein,talktotheplayers,
workwiththem.Alotofguysthatwillworkalotofourgamesthisyear.Look
forwardtohavingthoseguyshereandcalling(thescrimmage)exactlyhowwe're
goingtoseeitinthegames."
Specialteamsbeingemphasized
TheRedRaiders'afternoonpracticeFridayisexpectedtofocusalmost
exclusivelyonspecialteams.
"We'regoingtospendaboutanhourand15minutesworkingjustonspecial
teams,"Tubervillesaid."Ithinkwe'regettingbetterinthatarea.We're
practicingalotofguysinthatareathatarenotstarters,whichwillhelp--
reallyhelps."
SpecialteamswasanareaofconcernforTechlastyear.Theteam'sspecialists
--placekicker,punter,snapper--performedwell,butmiscuesontheprotection
andcoverageteamsprovedcostlyandwerearguablythedifferencebetween
winningandlosing.
"Therewereacouplegames--A&M,K-State--whereitwasallbecauseofthe
fieldgoals,"punterRyanErxlebensaid."Obviously,playingintheBig
12,thebattleforfieldpositionishuge.
"Ithinkthat'soneareathatwe'rereallystartingtoharpandfocuson.We've
actuallysetasideanotherpracticejustforspecialteams.Ithinkwe're
lookingtogooutthereandshutalotofpeopleupaboutit.Weactuallywant
towingamesonspecialteamsthisyearinsteadofjustgoingoutanddoingit.
That'sourmentality."
1276766
Click Here to view this Link.
[rl]
Edit