Today’s Texas Tech Football practice report is filed by 1340 The Fan’s Rob Brennan


Lubbock, TX ( — SportsRadio 1340 The Fan's Rob Brennan got a chance to go one-on-one with Texas Tech senior quarterback Seth Doege.  Doege who is a native of West Texas understands the Red Raider fan base does not want to see another 5-7 team like in 2011.

"I kind of grew up around here, so I do know a little about that," said Doege.  I grew up a Red Raider fan and when we weren't doing good, I was that frustrated fan."

Even though Texas Tech is picked to finish ninth out of 10 teams in the Big 12 preseason poll, Doege thinks the Red Raiders will be able to over achieve the prognosticators.

"The expectations on this team are very high this year," said Doege.  "We were very underrated (in the preseason poll) and I think we are going to surprise some people and make this Red Raider nation a little more happy this year."

The Red Raiders held its first scrimmage of the 2012 preseason camp on Saturday.  Doege had a few rough patches in his first couple of series.  A few balls were thrown low and batted at the line of scrimmage by the Tech defensive line.  Offensive coordinator Neal Brown showed his clear displeasure yelling from the sideline demanding Doege to improve his game management.  One point Brown was trying to get across to Doege was to have the ball snapped quicker when at the line of scrimmage.

Doege seemed to get into a much better groove as the scrimmage came to a close, on one of the final drives for the first team offense, Doege orchestrated a 40-plus yard scoring drive capped off by a 6-yard play action touchdown pass over the middle to Jace Amaro.

The defensive line and linebackers did a very good job containing the run game for the most part.  If anything, linebacker Will Smith and company made enough hits and tackles to let the Tech offense know they have a presence in the trenches.  Branden Jackson showed a few bright spots at defensive end.  At one point in a series he sacked second string quarterback Michael Brewer on first down, stuffed running back Quinton White on a run play on second down, and on third down sacked Brewer again.

Wide out junior transfer Javon Bell also continued to impress.  Bell saw most of his reps with Brewer and the second team offense.  Bell caught a a 60-plus yard in-stride touchdown pass along the right sideline during the scrimmage's first half.  Bell showed he has big play capabilities the coaches are looking for in 2012.

Bradley Marquez had a handful of receptions including two 40-plus yard catches from Brewer in the scrimmage.  The first one was a post route from the right side over the middle that set the offense up inside the redzone.  The other 40-plus yard grab was a reception caught at around the 10 yard line down the right sideline in double coverage, Marquez broke from both defenders and would score on the play.

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