Welcome Back: 103 Red Raiders Report to Camp|
Aug. 5, 2011
Red Raiders report to training camp on Friday afternoon.
by Britton Drown
Summer workouts have come to an end and it's now, officially, time for the Texas Tech football team to prepare for the 2011 season.
It took about two hours, some paperwork and meeting with the local media, but 103 Red Raiders officially reported to the Football Training Facility between 2-4 p.m. on Friday, signaling the beginning of football season.
While no pads or helmets were strapped on, the first official practice is scheduled to begin Saturday at 4:15.
"It's a lot of anticipation," head coach Tommy Tuberville said. "It's time to get going, and we are all excited about it."
For players, it signals a time not only to answer questions before the season opener on Sept 3 against Texas State, but to also live up to expectations.
That's certainly how junior running back Eric Stephens, who rushed for 683 yards last season, is looking at the upcoming weeks. Stephens gave fans a chance to see what he might bring during the 2011 season during the spring game where the Mainsfield, Texas native rushed for 48 yards on 7 carries and caught a 12-yard pass.
"I feel like it's my duty to step up," Stephens said.
And for others, it's their first taste of football as a Red Raider.
Freshman Ronnie Daniels reported to camp Friday and admitted it was an exciting moment after a long summer of workouts.
"It's finally here," he said. "The fun stuff is coming around, I just can't wait to get out on the field."
Daniels raised some eyebrows in the spring, combining for 113 yards and two touchdowns during two scrimmages. Both Daniels and Stephens are expected to compete for the starting running back position during camp, while also working in with the receivers.
It's competition that running backs coach Chad Scott is excited about.
"It's very valuable," Scott said. "It adds new element to our offense that we have with those guys being so versatile and being able to play both running back and receiver a little bit. It means a lot."
Daniels, meanwhile, has already begun looking forward to the competition in camp.
"I can tell he [Stephens] wants it just as much as I do," Daniels said. "I like having that with a teammate at the same position. We are vying for a spot, but at the end of the day, we are also vying to win games."
That competition, and so many other position battles, will begin tomorrow when the Red Raiders report to their first practice in a string of two and a half weeks of training camp.