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August 20, 1998

LUBBOCK, TexasThe Texas Tech Red Raiders continued two-a-day - The Texas Tech Red Raiders continued two-a-day workouts with practices at 7:55 a.m. and 1:35 p.m. today. The team has two workouts scheduled for Friday at 7:55 a.m. and 1:35 p.m. again. The team will have their first informal inter-squad scrimmage on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at Jones Stadium.

The morning session featured several periods of skeleton drills against the different offensive and defensive units. On both sides of the ball, the team continued to look better. Quarterback Rob Peters (Katy, Texas) looked sharp connecting with Derek Dorris (Azle, Texas) and Dee Jackson (San Antonio, Texas) each once on passes deep into the secondary. Meanwhile, the defensive line continued to look tough supplying pressure to the quarterbacks several times during the drill.

In the afternoon session, the team battled heat and humidity as they worked primarily on positional drills with a minimal amount of hitting. Despite the weather, the team worked a focused 18 periods.

Wide receiver Donnie Hart (Wolforth, Texas) missed the morning practice due to turf toe, but was able to return for the afternoon practice on the grass practice field. Also, linebacker Ty Ardoin (Beaumont, Texas) missed practice due to a family emergency and is expected back in a few days. Zeno McCoy (Plainview, Texas) will return to practice tomorrow having completed his discharge papers from the Army.

With a first year quarterback and na all-conference receiver returning from injury, much attention has been given to the Texas Tech the offense. The first days of drills has provided a glimpse into the progress of this unit.

"Weve had good skeleton drills the first two days," offensive coordinator Rick Dykes said. "The receivers are picking up on things and making needed adjustments. Derek Dorris, Tim Baker and Dee Jackson have all stepped-up their play and look solid. We are giving the quarterbacks a lot of different looks right now. They are hitting the open receivers, but sometimes we are having a little difficulty finding them. There is a lot of competition at tight end right now with all three guys Kyle Allamon (Lubbock, Texas), Cole Roberts (Shallowater, Texas) and Tim Winn (Longview, Texas). They are all working hard and will contribute to the offense this season. The offensive line is looking solid up front. We are starting to work on some different schemes and work on implementing the game plan for UTEP."

"I think the drills are going well," Peters said. "We still have a lot of work to do, but we are getting better. Donnie Hart is running good routes which can be expected. Derek Dorris is coming along well and guys like Tim Baker and Dee Jackson are doing a good job and should give us some depth at receiver. Im getting better. Im not where Id like to be yet, but Im getting better every day so thats encouraging. Im starting to see things better, improving my timing and getting more accurate. If I can keep progressing, I think Ill be where I need to be on Sept. 5."

 

 

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