Double-T Nation News:
If you're a student or in and around Lubbock today, go see practice today at 11:00 a.m. and then head on over to Dan Law field for the 2:00 p.m. for the 2nd game of the weekend series with Missouri. What a great sports day.
Texas Tech Football:
My pants started going crazy when I saw the Fox34 video of Chris Perry rushing without pads (#75 by the way is Blake Emert, a RS Freshman). I know, no pads, but still, the guys looks to be really impressive and I think it's strange to hear a guy from Miami comment on the team speed here at Texas Tech. Also in the video is Rajon Henley on Perry's arrival, Colby Whitlock, a look at Detron Lewis and Tramain Swindall at the Y Receiver position. Good stuff as always.
LAJ's Don Williams pens three articles this morning. Up first, in a surprise to me, Shannon Woods is doing what is asked of him, both on the field and in the classroom. Of course, that's what always expected, but it sounds like that may have been part of the problem in the past. Running backs coach Seth Littrell had this to say about Woods:
"Shannon's a good kid. I mean, he really is. There's a lot of speculation with what goes wrong and our relationship. Some of it's speculation. With me, it's all going to stay in-house.
"But he's done a good job. He's doing everything we've asked him to do.''
So if Woods is back, and it sounds like he is, then who gets the reps? Woods, Batch and Crawford, in no particular order? There's a quote in the article from Littrell where he says now they are going to take two or three to get most of the reps, which is a little different than what Leach said earlier in the week, which was that he needed to find two guys. If Woods is good, they take a look at all three, I think they almost have to do this.
In the Red Raiders Football Notebook, Williams expounds on some of the personal reasons for Perry's transfer and the NCAA granting Texas Tech's waiver request:
Perry went to high school at Keller Fossil Ridge. He said having an ill grandmother and his mother being in legal trouble made him concerned for his 15-year-old sister and 14-year-old brother back home.
"I didn't want to leave Miami, but I had to leave Miami,'' Perry said. "At Christmas break, something happened, and I thought, I can't be all the way over here while this is going on.' I kind of felt like I was running out on my family almost, knowing they needed me in a time like that. ... It was just real far with all the stuff going on.''
I hope everything is okay with Perry's family at this point.
Mike Leach also had some interesting things to say about Perry, the thing that jumped out at me is that he needed to get into better shape (I thought he looked pretty good):
Williams also mentions the play of back-up receivers Blake Kelley and Adam James, who are both at the H Inside Receiver position:
A quick one-on-one interview with new wide receivers coach Dennis Simmons.
Texas Tech Baseball:
|Fri. 03/28/08 @ 6:05 p.m.||0 (L: Nate Karns, 1-4)||1 (W: Aaron Crow, 6-0)||Boxscore|
|Sat. 03/29/08 @ 2:00 p.m.||AJ Ramos (1-2, 5.93)||Iam Berger (3-0, 0.30)||Boxscore|
|Sun. 03/30/08 @ 1:00 p.m.||Chad Bettis (3-1, 3.69)||Kyle Gibson (5-0, 1.83)||Boxscore|
I've been hoping that Karns would snap out of his massive slump and he did, with flying colors and showed me why he should continue to get starts. Granted, Kanrs' work didn't result in a win, and it's getting tough accepting moral victories, but there's improvement. That's a good thing. The Red Raiders lost 1-0 to Missouri and Aaron Crow on Friday night. Karns pitched 5.1 innings, allowing 6 hits, 1 run, 1 walk and striking out 5. A pretty efficient day for Karns as 57 of his 93 pitches went for strikes, compared to his last start where he only managed 37 strikes in 78 pitches in 2.2 innings of work. The rest of the bullpen shut out and no-hit Missouri, led by James Leverton, who pitched 2.0 innings, walking 2 and striking out 4, Owen Brolsma, who pitched 0.2 innings with no walks and no strike outs, and Zack Stewart pitched 1.0 inning with no walks and 2 strikeouts.
Offensively, the Red Raiders were severely limited by Crow, who pitched 8.0 innings, giving up 2 hits, walking 4 and striking out 9. Roger Kieschnick, Monk Kreder and Tanner Rindels were the only Red Raiders who managed a hit against Crow and Missouri reliever Nick Tepesch.
LAJ's George Watson recaps yesterday's loss to Missouri. Here's Karns on his best effort of the year:
And Tanner Rindels: