SCRIMMAGE EVALUATION | It was interesting to hear head coach Tommy Tuberville talk about the scrimmage. Nothing huge, but he did say that the secondary's heads were spinning and the linebackers will need to pick it up as they got beat on play-action passes. He also sounds a bit worried about the offensive line, and he should be. The video above will look like just Tuberville talking, but there are some highlights mixed in the almost six minutes of video. I'll also add that Double-T 104.3 has their scrimmage recap (this is worth your time) and the reason why you should consume everything you can and then take all of that information with a grain of salt is because different opinions are good, but as you know, we all see different things during the course of a game. I'll write about a game and then someone will bring something up in the comments that I had not thought about before. That's a good thing.
One more scrimmage item is S Cody Davis' thoughts about the scrimmage on his blog, A Student of the Game. He said he graded out at 100, but there are still things to improve upon. Tuberville mentioned in the video above that the first team safeties did very well in technique and assignments. I've already left a comment for Davis asking him what all he includes when he notes a mistake he's made on film.
INJURIES | I plan on keeping a detailed log of injuries to everyone on the team. I'm not going to start until the first week of the season, but I'll try to be as detailed as possible that way we can all track the issues, or hopefully lack thereof, during the course of the season. As an aside, right now we have ATH Shawn Corker out 6 weeks or so with a broken foot, OL Matt Wilson out for the season with an ACL injury and DT Anthony Smith out for another week with a high ankle sprain from the scooter injury. I'm not going to count the concussion issues right now, but will do so if a player sits out due to a concussion.
NOTEBOOK STUFF AND 20 PERSONNEL | LAJ's Don Williams gathers all of the notes from the video above, but also has a few observations about the offense that I found interesting, including a 20 personnel look on offense with RB Kenny Williams, RB Sadale Foster or RB Omar Ontiveros. So rather than putting in some plays from the Pistol formation, I wonder if OC Neal Brown wants to just focus on running things out of 10 or 20 personnel.
Brown said that could extend into the season, because Ontiveros has become more well rounded. The 6-1, 236-pound junior from Austin Westlake has been an effective run blocker in the past, but Brown said he’s improved at pass protection and catching the ball since the end of last season.
With Ontiveros being more of an offensive threat, this could be interesting. If you would rather consume a notebook in video form, then 1340 The Fan's Rob Brennen has a video report.
SUMMER STANDOUT | Per Rivals, Texas Tech commit QB Davis Webb was one of the summer's standout players:
QB Davis Webb, Prosper, Texas: Webb was one of the biggest surprises at the Elite 11 finals, showing that he is a bit undervalued right now. Webb has good accuracy, his arm is solid at least in the intermediate passing game, and best of all he is smart and sees the field well.
FAMILY STAFF PHOTOS | The official site released photos of the families of the football staff. A couple of things. First, I'm not sure who planned this, WR coach Tommy Mainord's wife either made him and his family all wear white shirts or Mainord planned it. Either way, that's funny because that crap happens to me all of the time. Also, the photo on the right is RB Chad Scott's and his wife's, Shambrica, son, Jakobe. Is Jakobe a new DTN meme because it looks like he's about to get his rally-on? I'll let you decide, but that's one cute kid.
WALK-ON STANDOUT | RRS.com's Chris Level has been lauding the performance of IR Jordan Davis for a couple of weeks and today, LAJ's Nick Kosmider profiles Davis. Here's Tuberville:
Tuberville said he asked his son Tucker, a freshman quarterback, who stood out to him during voluntary summer workouts, and Davis’ name was the first to pop up.
"He said, ‘You’re going to have a tough time keeping Jordan off the field,’" Tommy Tuberville said, recalling the conversation with his son. "He catches it. He’s physical. He’s gained a lot of weight. The thing about it is, when you get out here and your quarterbacks know you’re going to catch it when they throw it, who are you going to throw it to?
"You’ve got to earn that reputation, especially as an inside receiver. It means in practice you catch the ball."
MEET THE TWO DEEP | Continues with IR Alex Torres.