Training Camp Central will be your one-stop destination for all the information you need to know about the 2012 Texas Tech Football Training Camp. Beginning on Monday, Aug. 6, Texas Tech will hold 17 practices as part of training camp with the last scheduled practice being held on Friday, Aug. 24. Texas Tech will begin game preparations for Northwestern State on Sunday, Aug. 26. Follow our daily updates here at TexasTech.com for all the inside information.Wednesday, August 22
On a second consecutive unseasonably cool morning, the Texas Tech football team completed its third and final scrimmage of fall camp.
The scrimmage provided another impressive offensive performance as a total of 17 Red Raider receivers caught a pass during the 83-play scrimmage at Jones AT&T Stadium. Sophomore Bradley Marquez led the way with four catches for 67-yards, while both Dominique Wheeler and Cameron Wright found the end zone for touchdowns.
"This is kind of the last dress rehearsal for our players," head coach Tommy Tuberville said. "We had good enthusiasm and I thought we covered a lot of situations."
Four Texas Tech quarterbacks combined for more than 260-yards through the air on the morning.
Running back Eric Stephens showed positive signs as he looks to make his return to the Texas Tech rushing attack after missing the second half of last season to a knee injury. The senior from Mansfield, Texas rushed for over 100-yards on the day.
Meanwhile, the Red Raider defense continued to show improvements totaling four sacks on the morning while the secondary flew around the field recording seven pass breakups.
"Defensively I'm pretty pleased with where we are at," Tuberville said. "We're not the best we can be, but we have made a lot of progress in two-and-a-half weeks."
The Red Raiders will continue their final week of fall camp tomorrow with a practice scheduled for 2:45 p.m. The Red Raiders open their 2012 season Sept. 1 at 6 p.m. against Northwestern State at Jones AT&T Stadium. Texas Tech announced Wednesday the game will be televised regionally by Fox Sports Southwest Plus.
Monday, August 20
On the heels of their third scrimmage of fall camp the Texas Tech offense shined Monday morning as the Red Raiders returned to the practice field.
The practice signaled the start of the final week of fall camp, and the anticipation of the impending season-opener seemed to escalate just moments into the workout.
"We saw another gear from our offense today," head coach Tommy Tuberville said. "We are going to need that. I thought today was a good day for the offense."
Tech flew through the high-intensity practice as the offense and defense squared off against each other for the majority of the morning. Afterwards, Tuberville said he was pleased with the execution from his squad - particularly on the ground.
"I thought our running game looked better," he said.
On Saturday, the Red Raiders combined for over 100-yards on the ground during the scrimmage, which placed a heavy emphasis on red zone and goal line offense. Monday that production carried over onto the practice field.
That carry-over and the progress made throughout the two weeks of camp has slowly taken shape, and is something that has pleased the third-year head coach.
"We are getting better at all positions," Tuberville said.
Tech returned to the practice field Monday afternoon to work on special teams in the second practice of the day. The season-opener is scheduled for Sept. 1 at Jones AT&T Stadium with kickoff set for 6 p.m. as announced by Texas Tech on Monday.
Saturday Aug. 18, 2012 | Photos
Saturday afternoon provided a unique and special opportunity for hundreds of Red Raider fans inside the west concourse of Jones AT&T Stadium.
For two hours, fans lined the concourse and were greeted by current members of the Texas Tech football and volleyball teams as part of the annual Texas Tech `Fan Fest'. Sitting at tables inside the concourse, Red Raider student-athletes signed team posters and memorabilia while also posing for pictures with members of the Lubbock community.
"It's just fun to see all of the people out here," Texas Tech senior safety D.J. Johnson said. "It's great to come out here and give back to the community and do something for them. I always enjoy giving back to the community."
The event took place from 2-4 p.m., at Jones AT&T Stadium while the Goin' Band From Raiderland held rehearsals on the field for fans to enjoy from the west stands.
The Texas Tech volleyball team begins its season next week at the Boston College Tournament and will hold its home opener on Aug. 31.
Meanwhile, the Texas Tech football team is in the midst of fall camp and will open its season Sept. 1 against Northwestern State at Jones AT&T Stadium.
The Red Raiders completed their third scrimmage of fall camp Saturday morning at Jones AT&T Stadium. The 112-play scrimmage preceded the annual Texas Tech `Fan Fest' in which Red Raider football fans were provided the opportunity to meet current football and volleyball players inside the west concourse of the stadium.
Saturday's scrimmage placed a heavy emphasis on red-zone offense, as the Red Raiders combined for 102-yards on the ground while sophomore running back Kenny Williams broke free for two touchdowns. Meanwhile, four Texas Tech quarterbacks saw action during the scrimmage as the Red Raiders combined for over 300-yards and three touchdowns through the air.
Sophomore kicker Ryan Bustin continued his impressive camp as the Kilgore, Texas native connected on four-of-five attempts with his longest coming from 40-yards out.
Saturday marked the third scrimmage of fall camp as the second week of practices came to a close.
The 2012 season opener is scheduled for Sept. 1 when the Red Raiders take on Northwestern State at Jones AT&T Stadium.
Friday, August 17
A strong cold front that hit the South Plains in the early morning hours brought welcomed relief to the Texas Tech Football team as the Red Raiders held their second two-a-day of training camp.
The cold front brought over an inch of rain to some parts of the city and led to cloudy skies and cool temperatures that remained in the 70s for most of the day. Senior receiver Alex Torres remarked that today was "one of the best days of training camp in my whole career."
Texas Tech worked out for just over 1 1/2 hours in the morning session before breaking for lunch and position meetings. The team then reconvened on the turf inside Jones AT&T Stadium for an afternoon workout dedicated to special teams.
Junior punter Ryan Erxleben told members of the media during the post practice interview session that the team has a goal of winning two games this season entirely due to special teams.
Today's workouts were a bit reserved as the team is preparing for a 120-play scrimmage on Saturday morning in the stadium. Following the scrimmage, Texas Tech will host Meet The Red Raiders: Fan Fest 2012 in the west concourse (2-4 p.m.) at Jones AT&T Stadium.
Thursday, August 16
Over 1,000 fans turned out for the annual Red Raider Club Kickoff Luncheon at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center and was yet another signal that Texas Tech Football is fast approaching.
Greeted by the sounds of the Goin' Band From Raiderland, fans were treated to a delicious meal provided by Fuddruckers and were entertained by the Texas Tech Spirit Squads.
John Harris, who is beginning his 30th season as the color analyst on the Tech Football radio network, hosted today's event which featured several speakers including Coach Tuberville, Kirby Hocutt and Chancellor Kent Hance. The crowd also got to hear two rousing speeches from volleyball coach Don Flora and soccer coach Tom Stone. Tom Stone's Red Raiders officially kickoff the athletics season for Texas Tech tomorrow night at 7 p.m. against Idaho at the John Walker Soccer Complex.
Coach Tuberville previewed the upcoming season and closed with a special introduction of the senior class. The academic accolades of this senior class is impressive and Coach Tuberville made sure to mention those classroom achievements today.
Following the luncheon, the team hit the practice field for a two-hour workout session on the practice fields located adjacent to the Football Training Facility. Texas Tech will hold its second two-a-day session on Friday and will count as practices No. 12 and 13.
Wednesday, August 15
With the introduction of two-a-day practices this week, the Red Raiders completed an 89-play scrimmage Wednesday morning before taking the field once again for an afternoon practice.
During the scrimmage inside Jones AT&T Stadium, freshman Javon Bell continued his impressive fall camp by hauling in three passes for 44-yards to lead all receivers on the day. Meanwhile, the defense, under the direction of first-year coordinator Art Kaufman also looked sharp by registering two interceptions and forcing a fumble.
With the season-opener less than three weeks away, the Red Raiders will hold their annual `Kickoff Luncheon' Thursday afternoon at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center. Doors open at 11:15 a.m. and fans have the option to view a live stream of the event through TexasTech.com/allaccess.
The 2012 season will kickoff Sept. 1 at Jones AT&T Stadium when the Red Raiders host Northwestern State.
Tuesday, August 14
What may seem like a major transition to some, is really rather simplistic to Texas Tech receiver Bradley Marquez. The sophomore recently completed his first summer playing minor league baseball in the New York Mets organization, yet has wasted no time reporting to fall football camp for the Red Raiders.
While the two sports may seem strikingly different and played at polar opposite speeds, the transition between the two has posed little difficulty for the Odessa, Texas native.
"I'm a competitor," Marquez said Tuesday after practice. "This is competition and this is a game. I've been playing both of these games for pretty much the majority of my life so I feel the adjustment isn't much."
Those skills in both sports allowed Marquez to play football for the Red Raiders during the 2011 season in which he hauled in 25 passes for 240 yards while also returning nine kicks for 168 yards. Then, shortly after completing final exams in the spring, he reported to Tennessee to play for the Kingsport Mets in his first professional baseball season.
"It was good," Marquez said after practice Tuesday. "It was good to get back on the baseball field again."
Marquez played in nine games for the Mets where he batted .267 with one triple and a double before an injury to his quad, suffered while running the bases, brought his first minor league baseball season to a premature close.
However, Marquez says he is almost back 100 percent after completing the first week of training camp with the Red Raiders. He caught two passes for 85 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's scrimmage, and is looking towards yet another impactful season in 2012.
"I feel pretty good." Marquez said. "It's just about getting back and getting reps. [Senior quarterback Seth] Doege has been with these guys all summer and [redshirt freshman quarterback Michael] Brewer both. They have both been with these guys. I just have to get myself back into it, and get that timing down with them."
Marquez and the Red Raiders begin their 2012 season Sept. 1 with the home opener at Jones AT&T Stadium against Northwestern State.
Monday, August 13
Following their first organized scrimmage of fall camp, the Red Raiders returned to the practice field Monday morning in full pads looking to improve on a highly successful first week of workouts.
Tech completed a 123-play scrimmage at Jones AT&T Stadium on Saturday evening, and head coach Tommy Tuberville said afterwards he was anxious to see just how much his team could improve as Week 2 arrived on Monday.
One area Tuberville and the Red Raiders may not have to be quite so concerned with is the kicking game.
While Tech entered the spring looking to fill the void of graduating senior Donnie Carona, it didn't take long for redshirt sophomore Ryan Bustin to quickly emerged as a solid candidate for field goal duties in 2012.
Carona was an impressive 14-of-18 on field goals with seven connections of over 40-yards in 2011. However, Bustin impressed during spring drills as well as in the Spring Game where he connected on 3-of-4 tries - two of which were beyond 40-yards.
After one week of practice and a full scrimmage under his belt, it's clear Bustin has carried that momentum into fall camp.
"He is doing great in practice," Tuberville Monday following practice. "I don't think he has missed one."
Saturday night, Bustin went a perfect 5-for-5 on field goal attempts with his longest coming from 44-yards out. He also connected on tries from 42-yards, 34-yards, 28-yards and 23-yards.
"I feel good about him," Tuberville said. "But we will have to wait and see in pressure situations that he is going to be in, like Donnie was in last year. We will just have to wait and see."
At Kilgore College, Bustin was a perfect 19-for-19 in extra point opportunities and connected on 13 field goals to rank No. 3 in the nation. Against Arkansas Baptist, Bustin hit six extra points while also connecting on field goal tries from 49-yards, 46-yards and 45-yards on the way to a 51-7 victory.
The Red Raiders open their 2012 season at home on Sept. 1 against Northwestern State.
Saturday, August 11
Red Raiders Hold On-Campus Media Day | Transcript
On the heels of a disappointing 5-7 season, it took little time for questions to be tossed around the room. But with the squad's first scrimmage scheduled for just hours following the myriad of meetings with local media members, Tuberville displayed a noticeable confidence about the upcoming 2012 season.
"We're off to a good start this week," Tuberville said in his opening statement.
The Red Raiders officially opened fall camp Aug. 6, and indeed the first week of practices proved to be successful. Now it quickly became clear players and coaches alike were ready for what would take place inside Jones AT&T Stadium during the first scrimmage of fall camp.
"It's a big test for our players," Tuberville said. "It will give us an idea of what we need to do for the next week to start getting ready to play."
Prior to that test, the Red Raiders met with media outlets from across the region. They covered several topics including the upcoming season, training camp and what to expect when they hit the field for the Sept. 1 season-opener against Northwestern State.
"Our attitude as a team is that we are a sleeper," senior quarterback Seth Doege said. "We feel as a team we have the talent to win this league and to play at a high level each and every week."
Doege, along with senior safety D.J. Johnson began the afternoon by meeting with the media inside the Football Training Facility meeting room while fellow teammates spoke one-on-one with several media outlets afterwards.
Offensive coordinator Neal Brown along with first-year defensive coordinator Art Kaufman also took the podium throughout the afternoon.
In all the media day lasted for 1 hour and 45 minutes as players congregated inside the Football Training Facility to prepare for the evening's scrimmage at Jones AT&T Stadium.
The lights of Jones AT&T Stadium shone bright Saturday night as the Red Raiders marched down the tunnel for their first full scrimmage of fall camp. In black and white jerseys, the squad held a miniature practice before lining up against each other in the closest taste to a true game they will get before the season-opener scheduled for Sept. 1 on the very same field.
On the heels of their first complete week of practice, Seth Doege and Michael Brewer lit up the field on their own, combining for seven touchdown passes during the 123-play scrimmage.
Saturday's scrimmage was controlled, with drives starting from various spots on the field to simulate particular situations as the Red Raiders covered a handful of scenarios.
Though with impressive numbers from both sides of the ball - senior Terrance Bullitt flew around the field racking up eight total tackles while the defense picked off two passes on the night- the Red Raiders have much to be confident about heading into the second week of practice.
"The obvious thing that I've seen this week on the field is speed," Tuberville said. "We're a lot faster on both sides of the ball. We've got playmakers on offense and we have some guys that will definitely show up defensively with the speed that they have."
Texas Tech is scheduled to resume fall practice Monday at 10 a.m.
Friday, August 9 - Practice No. 5 | Photo Gallery
Texas Tech's first workout in full pads was a success and helped set the team up for the first scrimmage of training camp on Saturday evening at Jones AT&T Stadium.
"I was really proud of our effort today," said Head Coach Tommy Tuberville. "I told the guys afterward that we have to keep improving every day. Next week is a big week for us because we have to get a lot done. We are going to have a Big 12 officiating crew here tomorrow night so I think we will get a sense of where we stand one week in."
Spirited might be the best way to describe some of the battles today especially those between the offensive and defensive lines. In fact, the first scuffle of fall camp came about after an intense session between the men up front.
Ryan Bustin continues to show how he will pick up right where Donnie Carona left off as he has been solid in the first week of camp. Bustin barely missed during spring practices and has shown no signs of slowing this fall. With the addition of Seth Mannon and the continued progression of punter Ryan Erxleben, the Texas Tech kicking game has the chance to be the best it has been in several years.
Texas Tech's first five practices have all led up to Saturday's scrimmage which will begin at 5 p.m. inside Jones AT&T Stadium. The scrimmage is closed to the public.
Note: Texas Tech will hold Media Day tomorrow afternoon at the Football Training Facility so coach Tuberville and the staff did not meet with the media following today's workouts. TexasTech.com will have complete coverage of Media Day tomorrow afternoon.
Thursday, August 9 - Practice No. 4 | Photo Gallery
Perhaps it was fitting that a platter of fresh cut watermelon awaited an exhausted Texas Tech football team Thursday afternoon at the Football Training Facility moments after practice ended.
Yes, the grind of training camp has begun to settle in. It was evident yesterday as head coach Tommy Tuberville challenged his team to bring more intensity to the field on Thursday.
"We just didn't have that enthusiasm that I was expecting," he said Wednesday after practice. "The players and coaches that went through what we went through last year have to rise to the occasion."
The Red Raiders listened. The squad blew through one of the liveliest practices of fall camp Thursday afternoon. Players scampered up and down the sideline, banging helmets and exchanging high fives after every defensive stop and successful offensive play.
"It was a much better day today," Tuberville said. "There was a lot of enthusiasm. The guys stepped up and it was even hotter today than yesterday. We executed a lot better on the offensive side of the ball, and they are starting to make a lot more plays."
Perhaps the most fitting was during the final practice period as Seth Doege connected with junior receiver Javon Bell on a deep route down the sideline. Bell, a transfer from Gulf Coast Community College, caught the perfectly timed pass and escaped into the back of the end zone.
"It's an exciting time," assistant coach Sonny Cumbie said. "It's a fun group to practice with, and not only from a skill level standpoint but also just the camaraderie. They just really enjoy being out here."
Thursday marked the conclusion of Day 4 at fall camp, and now the Red Raiders will have a chance to capitalize on the highly-enthusiastic day when they strap on full pads for the first time tomorrow.
The Texas Tech season-opener against Northwestern State is scheduled for Sept. 1 at Jones AT&T Stadium
Wednesday, August 8 - Practice No. 3
Doege Named Preseason Candidate For Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award
Senior quarterback Seth Doege added his fifth national preseason honor to his resume earlier today as he was named a candidate for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.
Should Doege take home the honor in December, he will be the second Red Raider ever to do so. Graham Harrell won the award back in 2008 after leading the Red Raiders to an 11-1 regular-season and an appearance in the AT&T Cotton Bowl.
Doege is now on the preseason watch lists for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, Davey O'Brien Award, Manning Award, Maxwell Award and the Walter Camp National Player of the Year.
Doege led the FBS in passing in 2011 and helped pace the Texas Tech offense to a No. 13 national ranking.
Running Game Taking Shape for Red Raiders
The Red Raiders strapped on shoulder pads for the first time in fall camp Wednesday afternoon at the Football Training Facility, and with it shifted a large focus to the running game. Texas Tech returns a bulk of talented running backs that saw significant action during the 2011 season before injuries took a large toll on the group.
Eric Stephens Jr., a talented and experienced running back, will highlight the returners for the Red Raiders in 2012. In just five games last year Stephens carried for 580 yards, averaging 5.2 yards per carry, before a knee injury against Texas A&M sidelined him for the remained of the season. After making strides in the summer, Stephens will look to have a breakout year in 2012 as the primary ground threat for the Red Raiders.
"We're going to be a better running team this year," head coach Tommy Tuberville said after practice. "We're going to work on it more and we are going to stress it more."
Meanwhile, another talented back in DeAndre Washington will also return for the Red Raiders.
Washington ran for 382 yards on 77 carries in 11 appearances before being sidelined for the season with a knee injury against Missouri late in the season.
With the core of talented backs, the Red Raiders will look to make significant strides in 2012 to compliment one of the top passing attacks in the nation.
"We have a lot more depth," Tuberville said. "We have lot more guys that can practice and a lot more guys that can play. We just have to get them in the right frame of mind."
Tech will continue fall camp Thursday with a practice scheduled for 4 p.m. at the Football Training Facility. The season opener is scheduled for Sept. 1 at Jones AT&T Stadium.
Tuesday, August 7 - Practice No. 2
Fall Camp Heating Up | Photo Gallery
During yet another hot day at the Texas Tech Football Training Facility, the Red Raiders completed the second full practice of fall camp on Tuesday afternoon. Temperatures soared into the upper 90s as the Tech offense and defense squared off against each other in a bulk of team practice sessions.
It was another fast-paced practice, and that tempo was something that the Texas Tech coaching staff has been pleased about in the opening days of camp.
"We have had two good days of enthusiasm," head coach Tommy Tuberville said shortly after practice. "We put a lot in. The younger players' heads are beginning to spin, but as I told them it is their responsibility to keep up. We also have a lot of older guys out here that have to keep up. We are not going to slow down."
In fact, the Red Raiders will take a significant step forward on Wednesday as players will strap on shoulder pads for the first time during fall practice.
"We will change the tempo a little bit," Tuberville said. "But not much. We won't have much contact."
Meanwhile with two consecutive days of soaring temperatures at the Football Training Facility, the heat and its role in fall practice was discussed following the conclusion of Tuesday's practice.
"Everybody is going to start getting tired," Tuberville said. "But that is what it's all about."
The Red Raiders opened fall camp on Monday with a total of 17 practices scheduled from Aug. 6 to Aug. 24. The first five of those practices have been scheduled at 4 p.m. - a time of day when those hot temperatures usually reach their peak.
"We go in probably the hottest part of the day," Tuberville said. "It's pretty tough, but that is part of being mentally tough and having to think when you are tired."
But we have enough numbers this year where most everyone gets a break."
Texas Tech will hold its third practice of fall camp Wednesday at 4 p.m. at the Football Training Facility.
Seth Doege's Team
There really was little need for clarification, but Tuesday afternoon after yet another hot afternoon at the Football Training Facility, head coach Tommy Tuberville talked about his senior quarterback.
After two days of camp, Seth Doege has taken on just the leadership role his coach wants him to.
"Seth has done a great job," Tuberville said shortly after practice. "He did a great job last year, he was just trying to learn too."
In 2011, his first season as a regular starter for the Red Raiders, Doege led the NCAA in passing with 33.17 completions per game while helping Texas Tech to rank No. 13 in total offensive production.
The Wolfforth, Texas native also led Tech to an upset win at No. 1 Oklahoma.
Now with 12 starts at the quarterback position, Doege enters camp as a clear leader among the Red Raiders. And it's something his teammates have already noticed.
"He feels it's expected of him," junior wide receiver Eric Ward said. "For him to go out there and just take that into action says a lot to everyone."
Doege and the Tech offense have completed two up-tempo practices, and already that energy is something that has stood out to Tuberville had his staff. The third-year head coach mentioned the energy he saw among the team Monday, and echoed it yet again after day two.
"We have had two good days of enthusiasm," Tuberville said shortly after practice today. "We put a lot in."
Doege and the Red Raiders have completed two full practices at training camp and Wednesday will mark the first practice in shoulder pads. Practice time is scheduled for 4 p.m. at the Football Training Facility.
Monday, August 6 - Practice No. 1
On a hot and steaming practice field at the Texas Tech Football Training Facility Monday afternoon, the page finally turned. There were no pads, no helmets crashed into one another, and it lasted just over 90-mintues but still the 2012 football season had officially arrived in Lubbock.
That, it was clear, there was little doubt of.
"It's a relief," junior receiver Eric Ward said. "This is what we work all year for, just for this opportunity to show what we have improved on."
For Ward and the 101 Red Raiders that officially opened Fall Camp Monday, it didn't take long to prove that point.
Despite the lack of pads and contact, the Red Raiders flew through the 90-mintue practice. Senior quarterback Seth Doege connected with nearly every target and led his team seamlessly through the first practice of the year - one head coach Tommy Tuberville said was exactly what this team needed.
"It was a good start," Tuberville told a group of reporters minutes after players trotted off the field. "Everybody has come back in pretty good shape and we had energy which we need for the first day. We moved around pretty well. We have more talent and we have a lot more quickness."
The Red Raiders opened camp with 101 players on the roster after officially reporting Sunday afternoon.
Monday marked the first of 17 practices on the training camp schedule leading into the opening week of the season with the opener against Northwestern State scheduled for Sept. 1 at Jones AT&T Stadium.
With 16 practices remaining, Tuberville said his squad has a pivotal opportunity in front of them - one to prove what Ward and so many of the Red Raiders would like to prove in the 2012 season.
"We have a lot of room for improvement," Tuberville said. "Everybody has got to get a lot better. We are going to have a lot of competition this year for a lot of positions and that will make us even better."
Tech will resume camp Tuesday with a practice scheduled for 4 p.m. at the Football Training Facility.
Sunday, August 5
The 2012 Texas Tech Football Season has finally arrived.
Texas Tech's training camp officially got underway on Sunday afternoon at the Football Training Facility with paperwork, photos, meetings and a team building session with Mark Tribus. The frenzy began right at 1 p.m. as players lined up at the check-in tables where they received necessary compliance forms and per-diem for meals that are not eaten in the dining facility.
After going through the check-in process, it was time for more photos as members of the Texas Tech Sports Broadcasting team were set up to take video head shots for the video board inside Jones AT&T Stadium. It was also an opportunity for the communications office to take head shots of the new student-athletes joining the program for the first time. These photos are used online, in the official Gameday program and sent off to the television networks.
The first official team dinner of training camp got underway at 4 p.m. in the West Stadium Building and was the first opportunity for the newcomers to interact with their new teammates. Following dinner, the team went through a series of meetings in which they heard presentations from Kirby Hocutt (athletics director), traffic and parking, equipment, athletic training, strength and conditioning, compliance and athletics communications.
The evening concluded with a team building exercise with Mark Tribus. For more information on Tribus, click here.
Texas Tech hits the practice field for the first time tomorrow afternoon at 4 p.m. All practices are closed to the public.