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Double-T Nation Daily Diatribe // 08.08.09

Texas Tech Football

  Practice starts today at 12:20 p.m.  The wait is finally over.  To whet your appetite, 54b of Burnt Orange Nation, who played for the Longhorns back in the 90's, has a terrific post about two-a-days, the schedule and the grind.  I know it's not Texas Tech-centric, but it's a great read.

  LAJ's Don Williams was busy last night. In Williams' Red Raider Football Notebook, he mentions that Romario Cathey, the DT from Tennessee, is not quite yet eligible, although he's taking summer classes and on campus . . . James Scott, a linebacker commit from the 2009 class, will be attending Kilgore JUCO . . . Backup QB Steven Sheffield has been given a scholarship.  Congrats to Steven for all of his hard work . . . Apparently, Ruffin McNeill has lost 40 pounds since the spring, while LG Brandon Carter has lost 15 pounds . . . Finally, Williams talks with freshman walk-on safety, Aaron Charbonnet, brother of current CB Taylor Charbonnet and former Red Raider Daniel Charbonnet.  Here's safety coach Carlos Mainord on Aaron:

"He had come to one of our camps before," Mainord said. "It was a lot easier, since we knew what kind of background he had, what kind of person he is, some intangibles maybe you don’t know about other people. … He’s got a little more size than Daniel had when he first came in and he runs well, so hopefully he can develop over the next few years and be a good player."

  Williams also profiles freshman QB Jacob Karam, who appears to be a guy just bursting with excitement to play football:

Said Leach, "I don’t know if I can think of anybody as a freshman that has ever come in more anxious to play college football than Jacob Karam. Just his enthusiasm rubs off on everybody.’’


"When we saw him in person, it happened right away,’’ Leach said. "When he came up to our camp, (his scholarship offer) happened as soon as he left town. You watch film, and film varies, and then when you see (him) live, that was pretty much it.’’

Lots of other good notes about Karam, so go check out the whole article.

  Finally, Williams talks with newest Texas Tech commit RB Delans Griffin and here's his high school coach on Griffin:

"He’s obviously a very talented athlete,’’ said Mike Lee, who is headed into his 28th year in coaching and 20th as head coach at Clinton. "We’ve had, over the years, a lot of good players go through here, and I can’t think of anybody that’s any more talented as a big-time or big-play player than he is. Every time he gets the ball in his hands, you think he’s fixing to score.’’

And Griffin:

"The coaches are nice there,’’ he said. "They all have a good personality, and coach (Clay) McGuire seems like a good overall coach. I just love their offense. I like catching the ball as much as I like running the ball, so I think I’m going to fit in real well with Texas Tech in that offense.’’

  Last, but not least, Texas Tech will be blogging about the spring practices called Letters of Marque.  I'm not sure that this is the actual URL for the blog, I'll try to figure that out between now and sometime in the future.

  Scouting the Enemy:  Corn Nation's Husker Mike previews the Kansas Jayhawks . . . Tilting at Windmills takes a look at the Oklahoma St. offense . . . Per ESPN's Tim Griffin Oklahoma Sooner running back Demarco Murray is injured, again . . .