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TheTexasTechdefenseplayedaboutassolidofagameasitcouldagainstNorthwesternState,
buttherewasoneareainwhich
ArtKaufman'sunithopestoimprove
significantlyinthecomingweeks:forcingturnovers.
Thisweek,theRedRaidersgetTexasStateandtheBobcats'undoingintheirgameagainstTechlast
yearwasturnovers.
DennisFranchione'steamturnedtheballoverfour
timesinthatgame,andKaufman'sunitishopingtorepeatthosenumbers
SaturdayinSanMarcos.
Asaresult,thebigemphasisTuesdaywascreatingturnovers.
"We'realittlebitaheadofscheduleafterhavingapracticeyesterdayandonetoday,"headcoachTommyTubervillesaid."Wecutbackalittletodaybecausewegotsomuchdoneyesterday.Weworkedalotonourpressuregametoday,thedefensedid.We'reworkingontryingtogetupthefieldandtryingtocausemoreturnovers,playingmoremancoverage,thosekindsofthings.
"Lastweekwewereprettybasic.Thisisn'tjustforthisweekbutdowntheroad."
Injurywise,theRedRaidersareingreatshapebutseveralplayerswereheldoutofTuesday'spracticeduetothestomachfluaswellasafewpulledmuscles.
"Weworkedalotofkickinggametoday,"Tubervillesaid."We'vegottocontinuetogetbetterthere.Gooddayofworkotherthantheheatandwe'vegottodoalotoffilmworkgettingreadyfortheiroffenseandtheirdefenseSaturday."
Bullittispracticing
StartingstrongsidelinebackerTerranceBullitt
lefttheNSUgamewithashoulderinjury,butwhatatfirstseemedveryserious
turnedouttobejustasprain.BullittpracticedwiththeteamonTuesdayandgavesomedetails
afterpracticeaboutwhatledtohisinjury.
"ItwasablitzcallandIcameofftheedge,"Bullittsaid."Insteadofmovingmyfeet,Ireachedoutwithmyarm.Itwaskindofaself-inflictedinjurybecauseIshouldhavebeenwearingmybrace.I'mwearingitnow.AndIshouldhavebeenmovingmyfeet.
"Itwasmoreofasprainanditkindofscaredme.Really,IfeltlikeifIneededtobebackinthegameIcouldhave.Ijustwentinandiceditup."
TubervillesaidTuesdaythatBullittwillplaybuthe'snotsurehowmanyplaystheywillkeephiminfor.
AlfredoMoralesstillholdingontotheLGspot
BothredshirtfreshmanAlfredoMoralesandsophomoreBeauCarpentergotworkatleftguardinlastweek'sgame
againstNSU,andTubervilleindicatedTuesdaythatMoraleswilllikelystartagainst
theBobcats.
"I'dsayAlfredoplayedthebest,"Tubervillesaid."He'shadmoresnapsouthere.He'sworkedatit.Beauisstartingtocompeteforit.We'regoingtoneedhimdowntheway.WeneedtogetTonyMoralesback;he'sstartedtojogalittlebit.He'llgiveusalittlebitmoredepth.
"IthoughtAlfredoplayedthebest,butwe'regoingtotrytogetthemanequalamountofrepsinthenextfewweeks."
LearningfromHouston'smistakes
Tubervillenotedthatwhathurt
HoustonthemostinitsupsetlosstoTexasStatelastweekwasitsinabilityto
movetheballandscorepointsonceitslowedtheBobcats'optionattackinthe
secondhalf.
"Alotofsinglewing,guysgoingeverywhere,misdirection,earlyinthegameyou'vegottoadjusttoit,"theheadcoachsaid."You'vegottoslowdownalittlebitandplayassignmentfootball.(Houston)didn'tmakeanyadjustments,theyjusttackledbetter
(inthesecondhalf).
"Ittakesawhiletogetintothespeedofthegamebecauseyoucan'treallypracticeitinpractice.Especiallybetweenthetypeofoffensewerunandtheyrun.Soittakesalotofdisciplineandalotoffocus.Theygotstrongerasthegamewenton;theyjustcouldn'tscoreanypoints."
Othernotes
•TubervillesaidhelikedLeonMackeyinhisfirstgameasadefensivetacklebuthehastodoabetterjobwith
hispadlevel.
•SKeenonWardandQBTuckerTubervilleare
simularingTexasState'sShaunRutherford
ontheRedRaiders'scoutteam.Bothplayersarefreshmenandwereeffectivedual-threatquarterbacksinhighschool.
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