April 3, 2006

Offense struggles during Monday's practice

After an up-and-down 2005 season, the Texas Tech offensive line has looked very impressive throughout the first half of the spring. Today, however, they were frustrated by an under-manned defense and embarrassed by the blitz.

When it came time for the team (simulated scrimmage) period, sophomore quarterback Graham Harrell was feeling a lot of pressure in the pocket. There was a bad Shawn Byrnes snap that sailed over his head, a few false starts, a pass broken up by Sandy Riley and several bad reads that enabled the defense to put a lot of heat on the young gunslinger. Head coach Mike Leach had seen enough.

A visibly frustrated Leach stopped practice and began yelling at the offensive line, "Whatever compliments you received from the scrimmage [on Saturday], you can forget them because you're back down to where you started." He told them that they were playing at a high level coming in but, after their performance, they were back down to ground zero. Everything that the offensive line had achieved up to this point, all the accolades they had received, meant absolutely nothing.

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