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August 7, 2011After diving head first into Chad Glasgow's 4-2-5 during spring football, Texas Tech's secondary is doing more than just treading water this fall.
"It's been a long year, coming from redshirting and all, adapting to the system," cornerback Urell Johnson said. "Things are a lot faster in college. I've had to adapt fast switching defensive coordinators and stuff. I'm pretty confident in what I'm doing right now with adapting to the new system. I'm feeling good about this year."
Strong safety Terrance Bullitt, who has run with the first-team for most of the spring and fall, is ready to play today.
"I'm ready to play right now," he said. "I wish we could play Texas State tomorrow, but we've still got more things to learn, and it's just really exciting right now."
Cornerback Jarvis Phillips feels like his performance tailed off late last season after starting off well. His pick six during the Texas game was likely the high point of his freshman season, and Phillips would like to see himself be a playmaker on a more consistent basis this fall.
"Second year, I'm pretty anxious to get started. I feel like I didn't finish that well last year, and I want to come back and have a complete year this year," he said. "(I'm) really working more on technique. The new defensive scheme is playing more off, last year was more in your face. I'm going to try to get my footwork better so I can play off."
As many observers have noticed, the team speed seems to have jumped a few notches after the offseason. Bullitt credited head strength and conditioning coach Joe Walker for the improvement.
"He's a great strength coach and we worked on speed a lot this year," Bullitt said. "It's very important in this conference, a passing conference. We've got to be fast. The linebackers have to be fast, everyone, d-line too. It's very important, and I'm really excited about it."
While speed is important, it means nothing when you have Glasgow in your face for missing an assignment. He may be intense, but Glasgow's players enjoy his coaching style.
"Every day, every play, that's his motto," said Bullitt. "He comes out very intense every single play. No plays off, and that's what I like. If we want to be good, we have to have someone like him here. He doesn't show favoritism, and I'm glad he's here. He's going to help us win a lot of games."
"Coach Glasgow, he keeps us fired up," said Johnson. "If you don't do what he says, sorry, he's going to be all up in your face. He wants what he demands. Everything he asks for, he expects you to do it right away. He's a good coach though."
When the defense broke the huddle today, they did so with a new mantra: "Hunt Together, Kill Together."
"'Hunt Together' is more of mine, they added the 'Kill Together,' I don't think that's going to make it into the media," laughed Bullitt. "We say 'Hunt Together on three,' that's what we're going to try to say. That just means 11 guys to the football every play, so everyone. We need to get all red and black jerseys to that football."
MOORE HITS THE FIELD
Junior receiver Darrin Moore, who did not report with the team and missed Saturday's practice, arrived at the practice fields about halfway through the team's workout. Moore's absence was not unexpected, and head coach Tommy Tuberville said afterward that Moore was dealing with a personal issue.
"It was good to have Darrin Moore back," Tuberville said. "He had a death in the family last week and got back today about half way through practice"
RAIDERS CHANGE ROUTINE
In an attempt to escape the heat, the Red Raiders will practice in the morning for the rest of the week.
"We will change our routine tomorrow and start going in the morning every day and we will have our walkthroughs at night," Tuberville said. "It will be a little bit cooler and hopefully we can keep their attention for a little bit longer but it is awfully hot out here but they are pushing through it pretty good."
GRANT LIMITED WITH SPRAIN
Freshman receiver Jakeem Grant wore a blue non-contact jersey on Sunday due to a wrist sprain.
"He did everything up to a point," Tuberville said. "He caught a few balls, but we want him to get 100 percent healthy before we get to the scrimmage."