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March 29, 2010

DALLAS COWBOYS BEGAN VOLUNTARY WORKOUTS TODAY

That's exciting for Cowboys fans.
Workouts are voluntary right now but Miles Austin is a no show. He's a restricted free agent...just like he was last year and he was at voluntary workouts.

Does it mean anything? Who knows. There's a question floating around out there about signing Austin to a big pay day or trading him for some major draft position.

I'm up in the air on that deal...depends on what draft picks we would get and who we could possibly get. Think early 90s...Herschel Walker trade leading to 3 titles. Just sayin'...
  • mark rogers
  • March 29, 2010 9:33 PM

HORRIBLE TRAGEDY CLOSE TO HOME...NAME MAY BE FAMILIAR

This makes me want to absolutely puke...

http://www.timesrecordnews.com/news/2010/mar/29/former-rider-player-dies-result-practice-accident/


  • mark rogers
  • March 29, 2010 9:22 PM

TEXAS TECH SPRING UPDATES

According to some reliable sources, Steven Sheffield has been slightly better overall but Taylor Potts has had more big plays (he's also throwing a lot of interceptions). I know it's practice but a lot is riding on the QB battle in Lubbock. Both guys need to have great practices every day.

It may be the most intriguing and interesting QB battle in the Big 12 this off season. All eyes are on Sticks and Potts. Taylor has definitely turned in to the big underdog in the fight. Everyone expects Sheffield to win the job. By "everyone" I mean the so-called Tech football experts (journalists, hard core fans, etc.).

Former Cooper safety Will Ford is also having a solid spring thus far. He's been near perfect in pass coverage and seems very comfortable...not thinking so much.

Former AHS wide receiver Lyle Leong hasn't been mentioned much which usually means he's doing a little better than average...you usually only hear about guys that do unbelievable things or are playing terrible. He caught seven passes in the scrimmage on Saturday...second most on the team.

Also, the team has apparently loosened up on the practice field and seems a little more comfortable in their "new skin".
  • mark rogers
  • March 29, 2010 9:09 PM

March 22, 2010

TECH OPENED PRACTICE TODAY!!

Still a long way to September, but Spring Practice kicked off in Lubbock this afternoon under a new coaching regime and some new wrinkles on offense.

Apparently the QBs will have the option to keep the ball and run on every running play. The offense was also seen practicing some zone read at the beginning of practice. Talk about some major wrinkles.

Those types of changes favor Steven Sheffield since he is the more mobile QB, but Tommy Tuberville said a starting QB probably won't be named until 10 to 14 days before the start of the regular season.

Taylor Potts changed his number back to 12, which is what he wore at Abilene High. He was also asked about the "Nick" jersey. Taylor apparently said that the jersey was in the trash and he never wanted to see it again. I get irritated every time I think about that move by Mike Leach.

The offense will remain prolific and efficient...I don't think anyone is debating that.

The real question will be what happens on defense where only six starters return. In the Big 12 only Oklahoma, Iowa State and Oklahoma State return fewer on that side of the ball than Tech. The Raiders do return their main guys up the middle in nose tackle Colby Whitlock and ILB Brian Duncan, but lost all their starting DEs.

I actually think whether or not the questions on defense get answered will have a greater impact on the success of the 2010 season than the QB battle...but that's just me.

At least we have some college football going on in West Texas!! What a tease...
  • mark rogers
  • March 22, 2010 10:23 PM

March 15, 2010

WHICH CONFERENCE CHAMPS WILL REPEAT IN 2010?

Over the next few weeks and months, there will be much debate and drama surrounding the 2010 preseason Top 25 poll.

The popular pick will be Alabama at #1 followed by all the regulars: Ohio State, Virginia Tech, Nebraska, Georgia Tech, Texas, Florida, Boise State, etc.

But which of the BCS conference champs from 2009 have the best shot at repeating the feat in 2010? The choices are Texas, Ohio State, Oregon, Alabama, Cincinnati and Georgia Tech.

If I had to predict today? I would say Georgia Tech.

Here's why...

Alabama is the defending national champion which comes with a ton of expectations and a huge target. They bring back the Heisman trophy winner, starting QB and WR, but lose nine starters on defense including All-Americans Rolando McClain, Terrance Cody and Javier Arenas. Plus they're in the SEC which has three or four other very strong candidates thrown in the mix.

Cincinnati brings back the second fewest starters in the Big East and lose their QB, Tony Pike. They also have a new coach. I like WVU or UConn in 2010.

Ohio State looks like a good pick since they bring back Tyrelle Pryor at QB and eight other offensive starters. They only lose five on defense and always recruit well on that side of the ball (so replacing the departures won't be an issue). The problem is that Wisconsin brings back all but two offensive starters including their QB and six starters on defense. The Badgers quietly won 10 games last year and are very tough at home which is where they play the Buckeyes in 2010.

Texas loses McCoy, Shipley and Earl Thomas and although Garrett Gilbert got some great big-game experience in Pasadena and will be toughened up a bit, Nebraska brings back 18 starters. They'll be tough to beat. And you always have to factor in Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State to the mix.

A month ago I would have picked Oregon to have the best chance to repeat since they were slotted to bring back 10 offensive starters, but lots has happened up there recently. Starting QB and Heisman hopeful Jeremiah Masoli was suspended for the entire year after pleading guilty to a burglary charge. Starting RB will miss the season opener after apparently choking and beating an ex-girlfriend. They also lose LeGarrette Blount to the draft. It just doesn't seem like there's a whole lot of positive vibe coming from Eugene.

That brings us to Georgia Tech.

They bring back their starting QB along with six other offensive starters and nine on defense. They lose RB Jonathan Dwyer to the draft but have a pretty nice stable of runners to replace him. Plus they're in the ACC which puts them at an advantage. Biggest competitors are UNC, Miami (which lost to Wisconsin in the bowl), Florida State and Virginia Tech (which loses seven on defense).

That's my March 15 analysis of the reigning BCS conference champ with the BEST CHANCE to repeat.

I still think Ohio State, Texas and Bama have shots, just not as good as the Jackets. We're just a few months away from all the pre-season magazines hitting the stand!!

More and more spring practices are popping up across the country. For some, this is the most exciting time of the year.
  • mark rogers
  • March 15, 2010 10:22 PM

March 8, 2010

LEACH LEGAL UPDATE

Apparently he is scheduled to be deposed on Friday in his lawsuit against Texas Tech.

The school fired him on December 30 for the alleged mistreatment of receiver Adam James.

Leach denied the claims and his lawsuit claims libel, slander and breach of contract.
  • mark rogers
  • March 8, 2010 5:16 PM

SHEFFIELD OR POTTS FOR TECH?

Its a question that will be widely debated and discussed from now, through spring practice (which starts March 22 in Lubbock) and into fall camp.

Taylor Potts or Steven Sheffield? Who should start at QB?

All Potts did last year was throw for 313 yards/game (3rd in the nation), complete 66% of his passes (11th nationally) and rack up a 137 efficiency rating (37th nationally). Yet he is the unpopular choice in Lubbock to start the 2010 campaign under a new coaching staff.

Sheffield was spectacular when he came in. He ended up with a 14:4 touchdown to INT ratio. He completed 74% of his passes, averaged 203 yards/game and had a 178 passer rating. He also led TT to a huge road win at Nebraska, a game which he fractured his foot. That injury definitely hindered him the rest of the year.

Because of Sheffield's efficiency and dramatic play, Red Raider nation is largely on his side to start the campaign in the fall. He has completely won over the majority of Raider nation.

Of course, I'd like to see Potts start and think he would take the Raiders as far as they can possibly go next year...but only because I know him personally.

When you look at it objectively, it really is going to be a fun battle to watch. They are both currently listed as the starter entering the spring. Each have a '1' next to his name on the spring depth chart.

And they may come out of the spring with the same ranking. It may take fall camp in August to finally find a winner. Either way, both players are capable and (barring any freak injuries) should both be able to give it everything they've got from now until the first game of the 2010 regular season.

Its an exciting time in Lubbock. New coaches. New mind set. Much-improved defensive talent. Recent dominance (even if only short-lived). All ingredients that add up to huge expectations and anticipation.

And it will be even more exciting as these two fine athletes battle it out on the field for a spot to start for the Red Raiders.

As I mentioned earlier, spring practice starts March 22 in Lubbock...just two weeks away.
  • mark rogers
  • March 8, 2010 5:03 PM