The Red Raider coaches have some positive things to build on after last week’s 1st scrimmage of the fall.
The scrimmage was closed to fans and media but the players and coaches talked about how things went on Tuesday between their first set of two-a-day practices.
“We started a little slow but we got it rolling,” Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury said. “Some of the young players made some big plays which was good to see. When the lights come on you want to see them reach the right way and they did.”
Coach Matt Wallerstedt’s defense started off fast, but struggled, at times, with different combinations on the field.
“We got some juices flowing early, got some momentum early, [we] had some three-and-outs early,” He said. “Then we started pulling some guys and had some different combinations. We didn't perform well in the red zone like our standards are. We didn't have nearly as many take aways as we needed and it was kind of peaks and valleys.”
Davis Webb threw an early interception, but rebounded nicely, and he, jokingly, wondered aloud Branden Jackson might have known the play call on the pick-six.
“Our defense got after us a little bit,” Webb said. “Branden Jackson actually on the first play got a pick six. He probably knew the play. There's no doubt he knew the play. It was a swing pass and he went straight for the swing but he got it. I shouldn't have thrown it but he knew the play.”
Texas Tech has three more two-a-day practices this fall before opening the season on August 30th against Central Arkansas.