By: Don Williams on August 16, 2010 - 10:59pm - Add new comment

Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said Steven Sheffield gave an accurate assessment when the senior quarterback criticized himself Saturday for having a poor day and making bad decisions in the first preseason scrimmage. Sheffield said no one who saw the closed scrimmage could have concluded he did better than Taylor Potts, with whom he is competing for the starting job.

By: Don Williams on August 14, 2010 - 3:05pm - Add new comment

Texas Tech's first intrasquad football scrimmage Saturday at Jones AT&T Stadium was closed to fans and media, but a few interesting notes came from the post-scrimmage interview sessions.

-- Offensive coordinator Neal Brown said flanker Jacoby Franks has been the best receiver in pre-season camp so far. Brown said he's happy with the top four of Alex Torres, Detron Lewis, Lyle Leong and Franks. Torres and Franks play the same position, flanker, so Brown is looking for someone to step up at "H'' inside receiver and for depth to come along at the other receiver spots.

By: Don Williams on August 13, 2010 - 4:43pm - Add new comment

The Texas Tech football team will scrimmage for about 90 to 100 plays Saturday at Jones AT&T Stadium with first, second and third units getting at least 30 plays apiece, Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said after Friday's workout.

Cornerback Will Ford and offensive tackle LaAdrian Waddle will miss the scrimmage because of hamstring injuries, and inside receiver Austin Zouzalik is out because of the appendectomy he underwent Thursday.

The 10 a.m. scrimmage is closed to fans and media, but Tuberville called it “a big day” for all involved, his quarterbacks included.

By: Don Williams on August 12, 2010 - 7:48pm - Add new comment

Texas Tech inside receiver Austin Zouzalik underwent an emergency appendectomy early Thursday and is expected to be out from two to four weeks, Tech spokesman Blayne Beal said.

Zouzalik underwent the surgery a little after 6 a.m. Thursday at a Lubbock hospital, Beal said.

The sophomore from Coronado caught 35 passes for 469 yards and two touchdowns last season, but Tech coach Tommy Tuberville discussed his absence more in terms of the impact to special teams.

By: Don Williams on August 11, 2010 - 10:39pm - Add new comment

Inside receiver Detron Lewis has gotten a ringing endorsement each of the last two days. He was on the Biletnikoff Award preseason watch list released Tuesday. That honor goes to the top receiver in college football.

On Wednesday, Tuberville said the team needs Lewis to be “an every-down player.”

Tuberville talked up Lewis’ playmaking ability, pass-catching skills and strength to break tackles.

By: Don Williams on August 11, 2010 - 10:39pm - Add new comment

Inside receiver Detron Lewis has gotten a ringing endorsement each of the last two days. He was on the Biletnikoff Award preseason watch list released Tuesday. That honor goes to the top receiver in college football.

On Wednesday, Tuberville said the team needs Lewis to be “an every-down player.”

Tuberville talked up Lewis’ playmaking ability, pass-catching skills and strength to break tackles.

By: Don Williams on August 11, 2010 - 4:46pm - Add new comment


Texas Tech’s new coaching staff came up with a one-word motto to be their beacon this season: Finish. Tech players were being reminded of that on Wednesday, when it was sunny with temperatures in the mid-90s and the Red Raiders were trying to get through practice on the hot Jones AT&T Stadium turf.

“We’re working mentally right now on trying to make it through a practice,’’ Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said. “We make it about halfway through, and then we start losing our concentration. We’ve got too many guys that, when they get tired, they don’t know how to finish.’’

By: Don Williams on August 10, 2010 - 3:36pm - Add new comment

Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville plans to name a starting quarterback shortly after the team’s second preseason scrimmage, which is scheduled for Aug. 21. Tuberville said he wants whoever emerges to be able to clear his head, know he’s the guy and have a week to a week and a half to work with the first-team offense.


On Wednesday, though, Tuberville said it’s too early to tell any separation between Taylor Potts and Steven Sheffield. He said they’ve both had their moments.

By: Don Williams on August 10, 2010 - 12:35am - Add new comment

Texas Tech football practices were closed for the remainder of preseason camp starting Monday. It was an unusual step for Tech coach Tommy Tuberville, who said last week he didn’t care one way or the other, but other staffers had expressed concerns about the workouts being open.

When the topic came up Monday, Tuberville said closing practices before his first season in the Big 12 Conference might allow his team a certain “element of surprise.”

And the makeup of his personnel makes it more applicable this season.

By: Don Williams on July 28, 2010 - 2:10pm - Add new comment

IRVING -- It looks as if Texas Tech and the rest of the Big 12 Conference will have to deal with Mack Brown a little bit longer -- maybe a lot longer. The University of Texas coach said during Wednesday's Big 12 media day session that he has no timetable for retirement. He turns 59 next month.

"The first thing is I feel better than I've felt in years, because my knee's better,'' Brown said. "In (2005), when I had a knee replaced, I was tired. I was worn out, and it was in so much pain. I would actually have to go to practice, go home and pack my knee in ice.''