April 10, 2006

The good, bad and ugly

Last week was an exciting one for the Red Raiders as they started their third week of spring football. With two scrimmages under their belt and only two workouts remaining before the annual Red & Black Game, Tech hopes to finish the spring strong. RedRaiderSports.com's Joe Yeager breaks down the past week as only he can in the latest edition of the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

Good: At this point, there is little question in my mind that Kobey Lewis is Texas Tech's best all-around running back. He catches every single ball that comes his way, is the most shifty and dangerous back in space, sacrifices himself on pass protection, and while he is probably not as good a pure runner as Shannon Woods and Pete Richardson, gets good yardage nevertheless. But ball security is where Lewis leaves his competitors in the dust - and there's been plenty of that lately! Woods continues to drop way too many passes and Richardson is a fumbling machine. Lewis is clearly superior in these two areas, and that is why he will see the field early and often in 2006.

Bad: The injury to defensive tackle, Jake Ratliff is a crying shame. And while the injury doesn't seem to be too serious, it has sidelined Ratliff and interrupted what had been an amazing spring for the youngster. We can only hope that strength and conditioning coach Benny Wylie and the doctors are able to work their magic on Ratliff and make him even stronger than he was to begin with.

Ugly: Perhaps the ugliest play of this past week was turned in by safety Lance Fuller. On a long Shannon Woods touchdown run in Saturday's practice, Fuller took an atrocious inside angle on Woods, which allowed him to break the play outside and take it to the house. If McBath had been on the field, the play would have been stopped after a ten-yard gain.

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