Double-T Nation News:
Go watch the last game in the 3-game series with Missouri. First pitch is at 1:00 p.m. Getting a win today would be huge for this team, so go cheer for your Red Raiders.
Texas Tech Football:
Lots of notes from yesterday's practice, all from LAJ's Don Williams. Up first, Williams takes a look at the receiver commits from the 2007 recruiting class and their progression. For those of you who don't know, Detron Lewis, Rashad Hawk, Tramain Swindall, and Jacoby Franks were all part of the same class (Lyle Leong was also a part of this class, but was a grey-shirt). This article is packed with information, but let's try and run down the essentials.
Detron Lewis, a sophomore, is starting at Danny Amendola's old position, the Y Inside Receiver. Here's his coach, Lincoln Riley:
Tramain Swindall, a redshirt freshman, is also at that Y Inside Receiver spot, with Adrian Reese, who is also limited in workouts due to injury.
Both Jacoby Franks and Rashad Hawk, redshirt freshmen, are at outside receiver positions. Here's receiver coach Lincoln Riley on Hawk:
Here's Hawk on how he adjusted last year:
"But I'm getting used to everything. I'm seeing how things work. I'm more confident in myself, so I'm playing to the speed that I know I can. I feel like I'm a better player than I was before, because I'm doing all the little things.''
Riley on Jacoby Franks:
Today's installment of Texas Tech Football Fifth Down talks with new H-Back Ryan Hale as well as some notes from Saturday's practice (Good News Item: there's actually news about people getting hit and "lit-up" in practice. We've come a long way in a short time).
The Red Raiders Football Notebook focuses on the weight loss of McKinner Dixon, who weighed in at a svelte 250. In previous years Dixon was carrying around an additional 35 pounds and his knees were taking a beating:
Also in the notebook are additional notes from practice, mostly individual players who made plays during practice.
I missed posting this yesterday morning, ESPN's Tim Griffin talks with Defensive Coordinator Ruffin McNeill about the challenge in front of him. Here's McNeill:
"Every day during practice, we emphasized fundamentals and the scheme," McNeill said. "The biggest thing was making them believe in themselves. I know that sometimes when young kids have something bad happen, they tend to lose confidence. The one thing I tried to do was coach on a positive level.
"It doesn't mean that I won't coach them up. But we backed off and eliminated some of the thinking and reading they were doing and just let them play."
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.||3 (W: Brian Cloud, 1-0)||2 (L: Tepesch, 0-1)||Boxscore|
|Sun. 03/30/08 @ 1:00 p.m.||Chad Bettis (3-1, 3.69)||Kyle Gibson (5-0, 1.83)||Boxscore|
I'm not sure where to start. Bottom of the 9th, down 2-1 to the #2 Missouri Tigers and Doug Thennis drives in the tying run, while Taylor Ashby drives in the go-ahead run to win 3-2. That 9th inning rally started with Monk Kreder earning a walk with Logan Brown pinch running for Kreder. Jason Seefeld then singles to left, moving Brown to second. Thennis loops a single into shallow left field scoring Brown. Doug Thennis then drives in the go-ahead run hitting a single into right field and scoring Seefeld.
On the mound, AJ Ramos was pretty good, going 6.2 innings, giving up 2 runs on 5 hits, walking 2 and striking out 8. Pitching in relief, Robert Kilcrease got Ramos out of the 7th inning and Brian Cloud pitched the rest of the way, 2.0 innings with no hits, no walks and striking out 2.
LAJ's George Watson has the recap from yesterday's win and here's your hero for the day, Taylor Ashby:
Pitcher AJ Ramos on his performance: