Texas Tech opened their 2011 campaign with their first practice of the season Saturday; coaches and players were pleased with the effort on Day 1.
"It was a good start," proclaimed second year Red Raider coach Tommy Tuberville. "We've got a lot of work to do, but it's good to get back out on the field."
"I was excited, it's been a long summer," former Frenship standout Seth Doege told reporters. "We were excited to get out here and show what we've worked on over the summer.
"There are going to be first day mistakes--ya know, there are going to be mistakes. Now we can go watch the film and go work on those."
First day or not, that's not good enough for these upperclassmen. They know the bar set for them is a high one, and junior receiver Alex Torres knows those expectations all too well.
"Last year we ended the season with eight wins, which is a pretty good season for [almost] any team but not for us," said the El Paso speedster.
Torres' 2010 season was plagued with injuries. He knows failing to meet expectations can be emotionally taxing.
"The older guys know it, that's not our standard anymore, we're looking to go above and beyond that. These older guys--we put in a ton of work and really put pressure on these younger guys."
The jury is out on whether the Red Raiders can handle that pressure, but if Day 1 is any indication, pressure this year will be a welcomed bonus.