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Kingsbury adds fun, loose atmosphere for Red Raiders on reporting day

Karaoke machine greets Tech players, many of whom embraced the moment

Posted: August 3, 2013 - 5:38pm  |  Updated: August 4, 2013 - 12:41am
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Preseason camp: where football practice takes place in 100-degree heat and no starting spot is guaranteed.

What better way to loosen the tension than to bring in a disc jockey?

Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury mentioned that he wanted camp to be more fun for the athletes.

Turns out, he meant every word.

“For the first day we report, we show up and there’s a DJ in the team room,” said sophomore Michael Brewer, who is currently battling for the starting quarterback position against freshman Davis Webb. “We go in and people are getting randomly selected to do karaoke, mainly the freshmen. It was a good time. It was pretty funny.”

While the freshmen were the target, they weren’t the only ones letting loose.

“Some of us older guys, me and Will Smith helped them out on a few songs,” senior running back-receiver Sadale Foster said.

According to junior wide receiver Bradley Marquez, Foster and Smith sang some TLC.

“They were pretty much in sync,” Marquez said. “They’re both from San Diego, so they have that connection.”

A connection for this 2013 team was a big part of the Red Raider ... concert.

“It’s all fun and games,” sophomore receiver Jakeem Grant said. “Some of the freshmen were kind of nervous, but some of them weren’t. It was just a fun atmosphere to see how the freshmen’s personalities are.”

When sophomore center Jared Kaster joined the team in 2012, his teammates didn’t force him to serenade them.

“When I first got here, we didn’t do any of that,” Kaster said. “You hear of other schools doing something, but yeah that was pretty fun.”

Despite the countless performances, each Red Raider had his favorite performance.

“I would have to say either (tackle Josh) Outlaw or (safety) Tanner Jacobson,” Brewer said. “They got into a freestyle and they brought the house down. It was impressive to watch.”

“Sadale and Will Smith got up there and sang TLC, so that was pretty good,” Marquez said.

“Poet Thomas,” Kaster said, referring to a fellow lineman. “He did good. I forgot what song he had to sing, but he just took it away. Beautiful voice ... no.”

Webb might have been the champion of Texas Tech football karaoke with his Backstreet Boys performance.

“Davis or Andre (Ross,)” Foster said.

“Davis brought it all,” sophomore running back DeAndre Washington said. “Davis didn’t hold back. He showed his true side, his true character. He just embraced it.”

“Davis,” Grant said. “He really got into it and was singing and dancing at the same time.”

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