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August 11, 2011

Notebook: Offense bounces back

Notes: WRs have strong day Photos: Tech back at work Mackey chasing a dream

Following two days of disappointing practices, Texas Tech's offense bounced back on Thursday.

"Yeah, it was a lot better for us," receiver Tramain Swindall said. "We wanted to come out today with more tempo and excitement, more celebration when we made the big play. We made a lot of big plays compared to yesterday, so we want to for sure get better from yesterday."

Receiver Darrin Moore said that the receivers decided to step up and bring the energy today.

"Yesterday we didn't have enough enthusiasm, so the receivers took it upon ourselves to come out and bring it to the offense," he said. "Bringing enthusiasm on the sideline, cheering on our teammates, making plays. If we make a play, that's going to give the offense enthusiasm, so we just did what we could do."

The offense set the tone early in a surprise team drill that took place early on in practice. Quarterback Seth Doege quickly guided his unit down the field and into the endzone, leading to an enthusiastic eruption on the offensive sideline.

"It was kind of exciting," Moore said. "It was something different. We didn't know we were about to do that. We were supposed to be doing skelly. They just surprised us with that. It kind of gave us a little energy, enthusiasm."


Tramain Swindall, who spent his first four years at Tech as an inside receiver, has enjoyed the move to the outside.

"Yeah, it's been a while since I played it," Swindall said. "I haven't played it since high school. It's always what I wanted to play when I was here, but never said anything. I'm glad I got the opportunity my last year, and I'll make the best of it."

Swindall felt he had a rough start to camp but feels he's getting his new position down.

"Yea, I'm starting to feel a lot more comfortable with it. I had a slow start to camp," he said. "I was trying to do too much and trying to think too much. It's starting to come back to me. It's starting to come natural to me, so I'm feeling good about that."


Sophomore safety Terrance Bullitt left practice early after sustaining a shoulder injury during team period.

"He popped his shoulder out," Tommy Tuberville said. "They popped it back in. Hopefully he'll be fine, but you never know.

"He just ran into one of his defensive players who had their head down, which is typical when you've got a bunch of young guys out there. This is a thud practice and we don't tackle, but you've got to see what you hit and usually you have collisions from other guys having their head down. That's unfortunate something like that happens."


Receiver Darrin Moore has picked up where he left off in the spring. He was arguably the team's most impressive wideout during spring, and has continued to impress during camp.

Moore got a late start to the preseason, missing Tech's first fall practice due to a personal matter.

"I feel it's been pretty good," he said. "I came in a little late, but I'm getting back in the groove of things."


Tuberville seemed pleased with the Red Raiders' effort today, especially on offense.

"Better energy today, a lot more enthusiasm," he said. "Offense had a little bit of fun today and they got a lot better and they've got to keep that up."

Tuberville said the defense's struggles were partly because of some new wrinkles that were added before Thursday's practice.

"The defense struggled today with a few new things that we put in, but that's all mental," he said. "We'll get that. We've just got to keep trying to improve a little bit every day."



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