Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville thought the cool weather that blanketed Lubbock on Tuesday morning would help his team turn up the heat with only four days of fall camp remaining.
That didn’t turn out to be the case.
“Not a great practice,” Tuberville said after the two-hour session. “We should have had the best one we’ve had all year long. The good Lord blessed us with a lot of pretty weather. It’s awfully cool out here, but for some reason we’re not physically tired, but it looks like we were mentally tired.
“We’ve got no room to slow down. We’ve got to even pick it up.”
Tuberville labeled the offense as “sloppy,” citing a number of dropped passes, some poor throws and lackluster pass protection.
“That’s about as sloppy as you can look on offense,” Tuberville said, “from quarterbacks on down.”
Tuberville acknowledged that this home stretch of camp, when players have been facing off against the same opponents for weeks, can be a tough period for players to keep their energy levels elevated.
But with young players still trying to grasp schemes and techniques, the coach also knows he needs his team to get all it can out of the final precious days of practice.
“We can’t afford to be in neutral,” Tuberville said. “We’ve got to be shifting gears. We’ve got to be getting better with our technique. We’re not good enough to rest on how much we’ve improved in two weeks. We can’t waste these four days coming up. We’ve got to keep getting better.”
The Red Raiders will scrimmage for about 80 plays Wednesday morning, and Tuberville is hopeful his team will show up with the energy needed to make progress in these final practices.
“Right now we kind of hit a wall,” he said, “but that will change.”