By: Anonymous on August 10, 2008 - 9:22pm - Add new comment

During 7-on-7, OLB Blake Collier made a sloppy tackle up around the neck on SE Rashad Hawk, and boy did that set off Ruffin McNeill. McNeill yelled out that it would be a 15-yard penalty in a real game, and he didn't drop the subject."Tackle the way we tackle! None of that horse-collar crap!,'' McNeill screamed. "Be smart! Be smart!''

By: Anonymous on August 10, 2008 - 9:20pm - Add new comment

For the second day in a row, it was 94 degrees when practice started. The intensity, though, was much better to begin with. That's key. Don't think the players wanted to test Mike Leach's patience if what he subjected them to yesterday.

By: Anonymous on August 9, 2008 - 11:08pm - Add new comment

As mentioned earlier, Mike Leach didn't allow any interviews -- himself included -- after practice Saturday. But after a few hours of cooling off, Leach gave us a ring later.He said he was generally pleased with the week's first five practices, but thought the team showed "a ridiculous lack of toughness'' Saturday. Leach said he and his coaches deserve the blame for that.This is how he explained his dissatisfaction with the workout:

By: Anonymous on August 9, 2008 - 6:57pm - Add new comment

Not a good practice today for the Red Raiders. After five straight 8 p.m. workouts, Tech went at 3:30 p.m. today, when the temperature was 94 degrees and didn't rise to the occasion.Mike Leach ripped pretty much the entire team during the huddle-up after the 11-on-11 team period. Told the offense they had just gone through the motions, then turned to the defense and asked why they let freshman RB Harrison Jeffers stick to them so many times.

By: Anonymous on August 8, 2008 - 1:29am - Add new comment

-- IR Tramain Swindall made the play of the day. He got behind CB Brent Nickerson and S Anthony Hines during team period and pulled in a 55-yard bomb from Graham Harrell. Touchdown.

By: Anonymous on August 8, 2008 - 12:50am - Add new comment

--Tech's defensive front seven generally got the better of the offense during the inside running drill. There was a stretch of 10 plays in which the "O'' netted more than 2 yards on only eight plays -- and those were for gains of 5 and 7 yards. It has to be noted, though, that Shannon Woods, Aaron Crawford and Baron Batch were running behind mostly backup offensive linemen.

By: Anonymous on August 7, 2008 - 11:11pm - Add new comment

I'm sure many people want to know the bright side on a day when Mike Leach said McKinner Dixon is likely to be ineligible.For one thing, Brandon Sesay is good to go. He had to finish up a summer-school class this week, and he found out for sure on Thursday that he'll be able to play for the Red Raiders this season. Sesay told me he did "great'' and never worried about making it.

By: Anonymous on August 7, 2008 - 10:59pm - Add new comment

The big news out of Texas Tech camp Thursday is that DE McKinner Dixon apparently has fallen short again in his efforts to regain his academic footing and play for the Red Raiders.Dixon was at practice Thursday night, but Mike Leach said it's doubtful he'll be playing this season. Rather than put Leach's quotes in two places, I'll let you hit the link at the bottom of this entry. Just like the last time Dixon became ineligible, back in the spring of 2006, Leach didn't seem very sympathetic.

By: Anonymous on August 6, 2008 - 10:47pm - Add new comment

--Remember that intro from "Batman,'' not the movie, the old television series? "Another glorious day in Gotham City ... ''Well, it was another glorious evening in Lubbock. Heat-wave temperatures during the day but back into the 70s and calm for tonight's Texas Tech practice. It's 77 degrees at the moment.The combination of high expectations and evening practices in pleasant weather has yielded a pretty good turnout at Tech practices. I'd say somewhere in the neighborhood of 150 fans, maybe 200 came out to see the workout.

By: Anonymous on August 5, 2008 - 11:10pm - Add new comment

In doing the Texas Tech section for Texas Football this year, I picked Detron Lewis to be Tech's "Breakout Player of the Year.'' I'm hoping Lewis makes me look good after I dropped the ball last year. See in 2007, as Tech's "Breakout Player of the Year,'' I went with Ed Britton. Not that he flopped. Britton did make 48 catches for 631 yards and four touchdowns, and that was way more than what he had the year before. It was, in fact, a breakout year for Britton.