August 23, 2007

Tech Takes a Day Off?

The Texas Tech Red Raiders, currently less than two weeks away from their Labor Day opener at SMU, have garnered quite a bit of attention for their decision to hold fewer practices before the season than are allowed by NCAA rules. Essentially, that means no two-a-days, traditionally a pre-season staple.

However, that doesn't mean they aren't working hard. Mike Leach and Co. have decided that more can be accomplished through one focused and intense practice than through gutting it out through two-a-days. Veteran coach Dana Holgerson says that just because they're not officially practicing twice a day doesn't mean the team isn't putting in the hard work and hours.

"The thing we're doing different is we're bringing them in the morning and spending a few hours with walk throughs and meeting times," said the wide receivers coach and co-offensive coordinator. "And that's where I see their attitude improved. I mean, there's only so much you can do with just practice. They're really focused in and that's what shows me they're where they need to be."

So after roughly fifteen practices, the Red Raiders got their first real day off of the process. Players were given the day off yesterday, and will be expected to come back at full force today. According to senior leader Joe Garcia, the timing couldn't have been better.

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