Junior cornerback Eugene Neboh said he expects to be cleared to participate in scrimmages within 1 1/2 to two weeks following hernia surgery he underwent in mid-July.
He’s been at practice and in uniform every day since fall camp began Saturday but his participation has been limited.
“I’m just easing my way back in,” Neboh said Thursday. “I’ve started doing drills. It’s day by day.”
The Texas Tech secondary struggled with portions of the 11-on-11 scrimmage portion of practice Thursday, and coach Tommy Tuberville would like to see improvement.
“We’ve got to get better in the secondary,” Tuberville said.
Texas Tech senior defensive tackle Chris Perry believes the defense is more unified this year, thanks in large part to the efforts of new defensive coordinator Chad Glasgow.
Perry said the team is adjusting well to the new 4-2-5 defense, even if the Red Raiders are making mistakes along the way.
“We’re going to make mistakes, you know, in a new defense,” Perry said. “But you can make up for it with intensity, flying around all day.
Offensive coordinator Neal Brown said the next 10 days, with scrimmages Wednesday and Saturday, will go a long way in determining which freshmen running backs play this season.
“Eric (Stephens) and Aaron Crawford are ahead of all those freshmen,” Brown said. “DeAndre Washington, Kenny Williams, Ronnie Daniels, they’ve all shown flashes. They kind of change spots every day.”
Texas Tech offensive coordinator Neal Brown praised quarterback Seth Doege’s performance during Saturday’s closed scrimmage but still expects more.
“He played well,” Brown said. “Not as well as he needs to for us to win the way we want to win, but he played well. I’m happy with where he’s at (one week in).”
Offensive coordinator Neal Brown didn’t hold back when asked about his corps of wide receivers and how they’ll make do without Lyle Leong and Detron Lewis.
“Darrin Moore has practiced really well,” Brown said. “Tramain Swindall has had a tremendous camp. The move outside for him has been really positive. (Austin) Zouzalik and (Cornelius) Douglas have been solid at (inside receiver).
Freshman linebacker Sam Eguavoen will play this year, Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said following Tuesday’s practice.
Eguavoen led the team with eight tackles during Saturday’s closed intrasquad scrimmage.
“I just like his tenacity and how he plays defense,” Tuberville said. “He goes all out. He’s going to make mistakes but he loves the sport. It doesn’t make any difference how much you played, it’s how you react to your situation.
Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said last Saturday’s scrimmage wasn’t meant to determine who would make the team’s two-deep. Rather, he said, coaches are still trying to figure out where each player belongs.
The team will play a short scrimmage Wednesday and another Saturday that Tuberville will use to evaluate how and where to use his personnel.
Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said quarterbacks Scotty Young and Michael Brewer had their best days of preseason camp during Wednesday’s 120-play scrimmage.
Even though junior Seth Doege remains the favorite to win the starting role, Tuberville said he is still trying to figure out the order of his backups.
“We’re not only having to fight for first, second,” he said, “but first, second, third and fourth and who’s going to be in that order.”
Texas Tech football coach Tommy Tuberville said senior Adam James currently rates as the Red Raiders' first-team tight end.
Tony Trahan is nursing a groin injury and has been unable to go full speed in practice.
Freshman Jace Amaro is the only other tight end at Tuberville’s disposal and the second-year coach has said Amaro is likely to see playing time this season, as well.