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Tech notes: WR Edwards taking advantage of more chances

Posted: March 1, 2012 - 9:22pm  |  Updated: March 2, 2012 - 1:13am
Derek Edwards  Michael Strong Photography
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Derek Edwards
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The injuries sidelining Texas Tech split ends Eric Ward and Marcus Kennard have cleared the way for someone else to gain ground at that position during spring practice. The last couple of days, Derek Edwards has been that someone.

The redshirt freshman from Brenham caught a slew of passes, a few impressively so, in Thursday’s workout at Jones AT&T Stadium. Edwards pulled in a Michael Brewer pass for a 30-yard gain down the sideline, beating the coverage of cornerback Thierry Nguema, and caught a back-shoulder fade from Seth Doege in the end zone, both in 11-on-11 team sequences.

Among his catches during 7-on-7 was a fade-route in the end zone against Eugene Neboh’s coverage. Edwards put back-to-back practices together after he also had a productive day Wednesday.

The shortage of split ends has given Edwards all the work he can handle and also has led to Tyson Williams being moved there from the “H” inside receiver position.

There was no interview availability after Thursday’s workout.

Gaining momentum

Tech coach Tommy Tuberville complimented J.J. Gaines after the redshirt freshman safety made a red-zone interception late in Wednesday’s workout. Tuberville said it was the kind of play Gaines might not have made in the past, but with more practice time, he’s looking more sure of himself.

Gaines built on it Thursday. During the red-zone sequences, he broke up a Seth Doege pass into the end zone for Darrin Moore and a Michael Brewer throw for Aaron Fisher. Right after the latter, cornerback Eugene Neboh intercepted Brewer and linebacker Blake Dees broke up another one of his throws. During the team period, Gaines caused tight end Jace Amaro to fumble after a reception, though Amaro recovered it.

Gaines has been paired with sophomore transfer Austin Stewart as the second-team safeties behind Cody Davis and D.J. Johnson.

 

In brief

IR Jordan Davis made one of the most impressive catches for the second day in a row. This time, he made a headlong dive to reel in a pass from Seth Doege for about 12 yards. Davis, a sophomore from Arlington, started his career at Southwestern Oklahoma State and was redshirted after he transferred to Tech last year. ... During one-on-one drills, IR Aaron Fisher alertly grabbed a pass the defender deflected. S Tre Porter intercepted a pass in one-on-one. Porter, who missed the last four games last season with a concussion, continues to practice on a non-contact basis. ... FL Javon Bell returned for Thursday’s workout. He missed the Saturday scrimmage and Wednesday’s practice with a groin-muscle injury. ... TE Jace Amaro had concentration lapses Wednesday and Thursday, leading to dropped passes. He caught a few, though, holding on to one after he took a big hit from S Austin Stewart. ... During 11-on-11, DT Dennell Wesley and MLB Sam Eguavoen wrapped up RB SaDale Foster behind the line on a running play. ... DT Kerry Hyder pressured Doege into a throwaway. ... OLB Will Smith tipped a pass to himself for an interception during Saturday’s scrimmage, and nearly did it Seth Doege again during Thursday’s team period. Smith got his hands on a pass over the middle, but couldn’t hold on.

 

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