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Texas Tech Football Notebook: First Practice Recap

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First Practice.

Wells Post-Practice Media Scrum. We get our first post-practice media scrum. As mentioned below, I normally do non-transcripts, but I didn’t have time. Luckily for you, the video is embedded below and RedRaiderSports’ Brandon Soliz did a real transcript. Not a ton of new information, but Wells did mention that he found out about Tazhawn Henry choosing to transfer a few hours before he announced it and Wells did say that there’s a pretty good chance that a grad transfer gets signed.

Wells also praised T.J. Vasher and his off-season so I hope that he’s turned the corner in all respects:

“Really hopeful that TJ’s really turned the corner in terms of aligning his goals and his dreams with his actions and work ethic and I saw tat the last couple of months. TJ is an extremely talented young man that I think has a bright, bright future. When his work ethic and dedication and habits align with his goals and his dreams – watch out. The guy will be – I think he’s the best red zone receiver in the Big 12. I think he’ll be more of a complete receiver and I’m happy with TJ the last three months.”

Player Post-Practice Media Scrums. I normally do a non-transcript, but I simply don’t have time to do that. They are all embedded here and it is quarterback Alan Bowman, quarterback Maverick McIvor, cornerback Adrian Frye. Bowman said that he is up to 216 and hopes to play at 220 this year, which is really good news. I think that Bowman played at 210, so any added weight for Bowman is a good thing. McIvor talked quite a bit about his injury last year, and Frye talked about playing cornerback and how the defense is more aggressive in comparison to Gibbs’ defense.

RedRaiderSports’ Brandon Soliz has posts on those media scrums with Bowman and McIvor and Frye, while Avalanche-Journal’s Don Williams writes about the quarterback room.

The Locker Room: Episode 1. I don’t know if the official site will put this on YouTube, but for now, you can watch the first episode of The Locker Room with head coach Matt Wells and David Collier, with special guest linebacker Riko Jeffers. It was a good listen, I don’t think that I learned anything new, but despite whatever success or lack of success the football team has, I’m pretty well dialed-in because I need to avoid reality sometimes.

Spring Preview. Heartland College Sports’ Derek Duke has a spring preview of Texas Tech and writes that the offensive storyline to watch is the offensive line:

I mentioned in my season recaps back in December that Tech’s offensive stats caught my eye last season. Now of course quarterback Jett Duffey is gone but if Alan Bowman can stay healthy, he has some weapons around him. Leading rusher SaRodorick Thompson returns as well as two out of their top three receivers from a year ago in T.J. Vasher and Erik Ezukanma. However, Tech will be losing three starters up front from last year’s squad and I wonder how the Red Raiders will handle that. That group took a big step up from the 2018 season to last year but with some new faces must step into bigger roles, how will they shake out?

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