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Texas Tech Red Raider Notes for 08-13-07

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LAJ's Don Williams focuses on offensive lineman Brandon Carter and where offensive line coach Matt Moore thinks Carter is too much of a talent to have on the bench, but also believes that Hamby is a best as a utility lineman:

"Brandon Carter is just such a big guy and moves so well, and his up side is so great," Moore said after the team's Sunday practice. "Hamby is more of a utility guy. He can play center. He can play right guard. He can play left guard. Right now, Hamby's the sixth guy."

Williams also notes that Jake Johnson, the 6-7 369 bohemoth and transfer from Blinn Junior College rotated in with the first team:

Johnson, who played Class 2A high school ball at El Maton Tidehaven, decided to walk on at Tech from Blinn College in Brenham. "In the past two days, the guy that's really jumped on the radar is Jake Johnson," Moore said. "He's a big body, but he's a nimble guy, and he's done a really good job at the right tackle. Today, he actually rotated with the (starters) a good bit."

It should also be pointed out that right tackle Rylan Reed may be the most impressive of the bunch, which isn't a surprise and Moore also praised Shawn Byrnes at center.


RedRaiderSports.com's Jordan Strebeck has his top 5 items to watch for entering fall camp. This is an excellent read, but Jordan's last paragraph of the 5th item was particularly encouraging:

My bet is that Tech makes more than one spectacular comeback this season and avoids the costly mental blunders that have plagued it in the past. Why? One word: leadership. You can have all the talent in the world, but if you don't have leadership, it never seems to amount to a hill of beans. Well, this team has it, and it has it in spades. And in a fall camp marked by questions, that's a good thing to know.

It's nice to see that others believe in this team as I sometimes have a hard time objectively thinking that this team is going to be better than expected and predicted.