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Double-T Nation Daily Diatribe // 08.20.09

Odds and Ends

  Day Off:  Its a quiet day today as the team had Wednesday off from practice. That means we'll have a lot more stuff tomorrow morning, plus I've been working on a preview, as have a lot of SB Nation college blogs, in partnership with CBS Sports.  You may or may not have noticed that most SB Nation blogs are included on the CBS Sports team pages, including Double-T Nation.

Texas Tech Football

  Freshman Safety Focus:  LAJ's Don Williams features two freshmen safeties, Daniel Cobb and Will Ford who are not intimidated by the expectations of left behind by Darcel McBath and Daniel Charbonnet.  Here's Cobb:

"It shows you the coaches are going to put you in a position to do well,’’ said Cobb, a 6-foot-1, 206-pound Killeen Ellison graduate. "You’ve just got to be able to make the play when they put you there.’’

And Ford on his and Cobb working together to be better football players:

"We chill with each other outside of football as well,’’ Ford said, "and we also study plays with each other and try to make each other better when we come out here. That way we can execute fast.’’

  Events:  Don't forget that today is the Kickoff Luncheon, starting at 11:15 a.m., but don't expect to get tickets today and this Friday is Autograph Night.

  Carter Named to Lombardi List:  Congrats to G Brandon Carter who has been named to the Lombardi Award Preseason Watch List.

  Focus on Graves:'s Brian Lane has today's freshman focus on DT Pearlie Graves and I liked this:


"My whole team, the whole defense I can look to my left or right and ask someone a question and know that they will help me out."

I know/hope Graves was joking (right?):


"I got to say all of them (laughing)."

  Neglected Audio, Video and Photos:  Fox34 had a small feature on new graduate assistant, Sonny Cumbie:


  Scouting the Enemy:  Corn Nation on WR Niles Paul emerging at wide receiver . . . . Rock M Nation's Beyond the Box Score on the Kansas defense . . . Rock Chalk Talk on the Kansas linebackers . . .

  Big 12:  ESPN's Tim Griffin and Ivan Maisel preview the Big 12 (video) . . . ESPN's Tim Griffin details the similarities between Texas Tech and Missouri . . .

  Alumni:  Per the Corsicana Daily Sun, it appears that G Louis Vasquez is finally returning to practice with the San Diego Charges . . .