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Red Raider Gridiron :: One Week To Go


Scrimmage Stuff:  If you're needing to catch up on the scrimmage then check out the RRG from Sunday morning.  It's pretty slow this morning, but I'll post what I've found.

Scrimmage Recap:  DT's Mike Graham writes that Saturday's scrimmage sets the stage for a huge week prior to the spring game.  Head coach Tommy Tuberville wants a better conditioned team:

Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said he was pleased with Saturday’s scrimmage, but his players still aren’t conditioned to play the Big 12 Conference teams they face in the fall and they won’t be in good enough condition after the spring game.

"We’re still a ways away," he said. "A good two or three months of conditioning with the strength coaches. You know, we’ve got to do a lot of strength in the lower body, that’s why we’re having so many leg problems right now.

"We’re short on both sides of the offensive and defensive lines. But conditioning is a factor but it won’t be a factor once we get into August." 

Scouting Brewer:  ESPN's Tom Luginbill scouted the recent 2011 regional Fort Worth Elite 11 quarterback camp and Texas Tech commit, QB Michael Brewer was in attendance and Luginbill had this to say about Brewer's performance:

QB Michael Brewer (Austin, Texas/Lake Travis)
Brewer, a Texas Tech commit, follows in a long line of impressive quarterbacks at Lake Travis -- including Todd Reesing and Garrett Gilbert. While his measurables resemble Reesing more than Gilbert, his overall production on Saturday was on par with what we saw of him on tape. Oftentimes, in a workout setting, it can be difficult to see grit and a competitive gunslinging mentality, but Brewer did bring a swagger and live arm to this session.

What he lacks in height -- standing 6-foot -- he makes up for with footwork and anticipation. At times he will show a whip-like release, but the ball comes out quick. He will be an ideal fit for the spread offense in Lubbock under new coach Tommy Tuberville. He shows zip and the ability to change ball speeds, and he does a nice job of dropping the ball in over the top on the deep ball. He does not possess an elite arm, but it is strong enough and he understands timing and where to go with the ball.

That sounds like a pretty nice quarterback and not a leftover, but what do I know.

Offensive Review:'s John Baucum has a fairly detailed offensive review from Saturday's scrimmage, but you've read quite a bit of this already if you read Sunday's report:

As one would expect this time of year, the coaches had both positive and negative initial reactions after Saturday’s scrimmage. It was the last official scrimmage before the much anticipated Red-Black Spring game on April 17th. Texas Tech fans will see something new in Tommy Tuberville’s offense. If spring practice is any indication of what the Red Raiders will do on the field starting in August, the offense promises to be unpredictable and explosive.

Head coach Tommy Tuberville wasted no time in assessing his charges. "We won’t know until we watch the film and see how we did on both sides of the ball. It’s obvious that Doege had a pretty good day throwing the ball deep down the field and the receivers caught the ball. We didn’t tackle very well on defense and that’s the obvious observations. It was a good scrimmage. Guys had a lot more concentration and we ran the ball on the defense. After watching the film tonight, we’ll grade it and we’ll know more starting the last week of practice."