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Texas Tech Football Things: Preparing for the Midland Scrimmage

Offensive coordinator Eric Morris talks to the media before the Midland scrimmage on Saturday.

Eric Morris:

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I thought the defense got after us on Tuesday, and the first half of practice today, we challenged them halfway through and they responded really good . . . [status of the offensive line] pretty good, we’ve put a lot on them in 3 to 5 practices, that’s how we like to install, just throw it all at you, we’ve 3 freshmen, a JUCO and a kid that hasn’t played, they’re making mistakes and working hard and getting extra work in, Jack Anderson, Dawson Deaton and Will Farrrar have a bright future and they’ll need to grow up in a hurry . . . [who has stood out on the offensive line] I’ve been really pleased with [Travis] Bruffy, don’t talk about him much in film, has the best body type of any tackle we’ve had here, where we need help is inside, Anderson is getting lots of reps inside, Paul Stawarz is at center and Jacob Hines at guard . . . [how Stawarz became a center] it was a fluke deal, we had a center go down in practice and Paul raised his hand, we’ve got to get the ball to the quarterback, he knows the calls, this offseason, he needs to focus on that and we weren’t targeted good enough last year . . . [status of Tony Morales] Tony is still battling for a job right now, he has game experience, he’s been with the 1’s, 2’s and 3’s at times . . . [status of Mclean Carter and Xavier Martin] I think pretty good, we put so much on the quarterback, Kingsbury does so much with them, McLean had his best day, Xavier should be going to prom . . . [how the receivers have looked] I think Keke [Coutee] and Dylan [Cantrell] have caught the most balls, Tony Brown just got back and excited witha big body blocking . . . [Derrick] Willies it’s pretty accurate that it takes a year to get acclimated there’s a huge jump between 1 and 2, he hasn’t been nicked up and has looked salty . . . [who is running with the 2’s at quarterback] coach changes it every day, Nic is clear cut getting 1, and splitting Payne, Xavier and McLean at 2, after this next scrimmage, we’ll start pushing to a guy to be the back-up . . . [competition between Jonathan Giles and Cameron Batson] they’re going half and half right now, two tough players, I’ve complained Giles about not being tough, but he’s been good this camp, Cam is sitting right behind him and making plays . . . [specific plays for either Giles or Batson] specific plays you want specific guys, getting into the season, we’ll game plan stuff, we have 8 guys that we feel comfortable with . . . [what makes Bruffy a good tackle prospect] he’s big, long, smart and loves football, came in at 265, he is 302 right now, he’s been able to sit down and bull rush with the weight, he just really enjoys football . . . [thoughts on the running backs] Coach Juluke has done a good job, we’ve splitting with them, obviously it wasn’t good enough last year, Stockton had 2 touchdowns today, good to watch him run in space . . . [playing in Frisco at the Star and recruiting implications] it’s a huge, a 4 1/2 drive from here, it’s a great opportunity for our families and play in a cool atmosphere, good for us to show our brand and get some recruits there . . .

 RRS’s Drew Kohnle also has a rundown of Morris, but also speaking was linebackers coach Zac Spavital, so there’s a lot there, but here’s a bit by Tony Jones and Jamile Johnson and Christian Taylor:

…Tony Jones?

“One thing you never really anticipate with guys that are new and especially junior college kids is that they have to get used to the speed of the game and the effort you have to play with, that is not an issue with him. He will run to the football, he knows how to tackle the ball, he knows where it is at. Really right now we are grinding through the little parts, just changing coverages and just running fits and that was expected. The best thing is that he is not making the same mistakes twice, and he keeps improving. We are throwing a bunch at him, too. It’s not like we are treating him like a freshman. He is actually having to operate and function like the rest of the linebackers. And to the other guys credit with the reps and al the experience they are getting, they are able to help each and get things figured out which is a huge deal to Tony. I’ve been very happy and excited with what he is doing.”

…What’s it like for guys like Jamile and Christian making the transition from safety to linebacker?

“It is very hard. It is a different type of reaction, a different type of vision, there are guys in front of you quick. You are in close quarters. There are tackles coming at you. The truth is is that Jamile is really getting used to being in the box more and CT is doing a bit better. Jamile is a smart kid, and he is also a 235 pound kid right now, so he has gained a lot weight. He is kind of getting into his body as well. It’s a transition, but we are getting a bunch of good physical reps.”

Practice.

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LAJ’s Don Williams also had a chance to speak to Bruffy, who spoke about how he was able to transform his body from 265 to 302:

Bruffy credited strength and conditioning coach Rusty Whitt with transforming his body over the past nine months.

“I’m seeing the most amount of a gain that I’ve ever seen,” he said. “My body change like that, so rapidly, it was awesome. I completely bought in. The whole team bought completely in to coach Whitt’s program.”

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