Everyone Does Well. Texas Tech held a 95 play scrimmage yesterday, recapped by the official site. No starter at quarterback was named, but that still doesn’t matter much to me. This marks the end of fall camp and the team begins preparing for Sam Houston State. DE Branden Jackson talked about the play of the defense:
“The defense came out and competed really well against a really good offense,” Jackson said. “We stayed together and stayed tough and made plays when we could. There are a lot of things we left out there on the field. We have to learn to capitalize on those whenever we get the opportunity, especially against a good offense like ours.”
If you’d like to check out some photos, the official site has a photo gallery, so that’s fun.
Pearson Doesn’t Want Any Regrets. LAJ’s Daniel Paulling writes about IR Brad Pearson, who turned down a lucrative job to play his final year at Texas Tech. Paulling writes that Pearson started off being “recruited” (loose term from me) by Steven Sheffield and Bront Bird, and Pearson’s dad also played for Texas Tech for one year back in 1975. Go check it out.
Notebook: Cantrell Ready. LAJ’s Daniel Paulling covers a few topics here, namely that he touches on the outside receiver spot between Dylan Cantrell and Reginald Davis and wide receivers coach says that Cantrell has the slight edge, but it is close:
“He understands route concepts, he understands how to get open and he’s getting better as far as releasing off the football,” Chiaverini said. “I would say there’s a slight edge (for Cantrell), but don’t count number 2 (Davis) out. He’s pushing. He’s making strides. Competition’s healthy for everybody.”
Also in the article are a few quotes about how offensive coordinator Eric Morris wants to continue to recruit West Texas.
Vasher Shines. Times Record News’ Jonathan Hull profiles Wichita Rider all-around athlete T.J. Vasher, who has committed to play for Texas Tech. Really good to get the background on Vasher, who’s uncle is Nathan Vasher, and T.J.’s dad, Roy, is the main person that cares for Vasher. The first thing that jumps out is that Charlie Strong stopped recruiting T.J., despite Nathan being a terrific player for the Longhorns. Vahser says that he will take some other visits, but intends on being loyal to his commitment. T.J. is also considering not playing basketball his senior year, thinking about graduating early and joining Texas Tech in January. The article is a terrific read and here’s a bit:
“The thing that will make T.J. successful is the support and structure he has from home,” Ponder said. “He has a real strong dad in Roy. That support system is going to allow him to be successful at everything he does.”
Vasher knows he’s one of the lucky ones to have a father supporting his every decision. The last person he wants to let down is his father.
Miscellaneous. Land Grant Gauntlet has their first podcast where they discuss the Baylor situation, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma . . .