News, notes and observation from Day Two (Runnin' with the Raiders blog)

Here's what stuck out from Day Two of Texas Tech's fall camp ...

*Redshirt freshman defensive end Branden Jackson was one of the players Tech coach Tommy Tuberville raved about during Big 12 media days late last month.

It's easy to see why.

Jackson's size sticks out. He's listed at 6 feet, 4 inches and 248 pounds with a long, athletic frame. He likely could have made an strong impact on the defensive line a season ago had he not redshirted.

Jackson made one of the top plays Tuesday when he shucked off of a block, broke on a screen pass and intercepted it, much to the delight of his teammates on defense.

Tuberville has said that one of the biggest reasons for Tech's lack of interceptions last year -- the Red Raiders had only five -- was an inability to rush the opposing quarterback into bad throws.

Jackson has the look of a player that could turn that around.

*There appear to be no shortage of weapons at the wide receiver position. On Tuesday, Derreck Edwards, fighting for the No. 2 split end spot behind Eric Ward, made a great leaping grab over the shoulder of a defensive back about 30 yards downfield.

Outside receivers coach Tommy Mainord said Edwards made a concerted effort to spend more time in the film room during the offseason, work he has already seen pay off.

"That's what made Derreck get over the edge in the spring," Mainord said. "That was really the secret. Every time I walked by the meeting room, Derreck was in there by himself watching tape. Or I'd be walking by the weight room and he's got the tennis machine out here catching balls on his own at 9:30 a.m. between classes."

*The quarterbacks have looked sharp during the first two days of practice, particularly Seth Doege and backup Michael Brewer.

"I thought the quarterbacks are throwing awfully well," Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said. "They're not tired yet. They'll start getting tired at the end of the week."

*After two days in shorts and jerseys, Tech will add shoulder pads to the equation Wednesday.

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a pass rush

He's a Quentin Groves, Stanley McClover type player.



That is impressive with the offseason work from Edwards and Jackson. I hope they get off to a great start

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