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Texas Tech Red Raider Notes for 08-16-07

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Texas Tech Football:

LAJ's Don Willliams focuses on senior linebacker Paul Williams, who is starting for the first time in his career. Both Paul and defensive coordinator Lyle Setencich believe that Paul's experience in playing multiple positions and heady plays has been a key to his success.

"I feel like the experience that I do have, whether it be five (starts), is going to help me coming up this season," Williams said. "I know what to expect.

"The experience of playing all three positions, you kind of get a better hold of the defensive scheme."

Don details a number of examples in the article where Paul makes the right play from a technical standpoint which has saved touchdowns.

Good stuff once again from Don, go check out the whole article.

DMN's Brandon George reports that defensive end Tyler Yenzer is recovering from his neck injury and was back at practice on Wednesday, but did not participate. Tyler's father, Craig Yenzer had this to say about the injury:

"It was one of those scary deals where you get your head down, one of those stingers," Craig Yenzer said. "That's never a call you want to get when you hear your son is going to the hospital."

I'm relieved to hear that this turned out to be a relatively minor injury and DTN wishes Tyler a speedy recovery.

In Don's Red Raider Notebook it appears that due to the injury to Todd Walker, Lyle Leong could receive as much as 40% of the snaps at flanker. Receivers coach Lincoln riley had this on Walker and on Leong:

"We didn't really know (a time frame), and I don't think anybody really knew," Riley said Wednesday. "I didn't think he'd be a hundred percent right now. I was hoping he would be further along where he could have gotten some skeleton (passing drill) and some team reps by now."


"He's starting to become a complete receiver," Riley said. "He's still got a ways to go, but he's on the right track. He's much improved."

Williams reports that Setencich believes that the following players have made the most improvement: safety Daniel Charbonnet, safety Anthony Hines, safety Darcel McBath and defensive tackle Ra'Jon Henley. Go to the article for all of the details.

DMN's George has a short report on the Texas Tech offensive line.