Ever since the Red Raiders finished the 2011 football season 5-7, they have focused on working hard in the off-season to make sure a losing season doesn't happen again.
Under the watchful eye of Strength & Conditioning Coach Joe Walker, the Red Raiders have been attending voluntary high-intensity workouts five days a week.
"When you're 5-7, it can go either way," said Walker. "It could be, 'We're 5 and 7. We're terrible.' Or it can be, 'We were 5 and 7 and we aren't putting up with that."
From quick reps in the weight room to whipping long ropes out under the hot West Texas Sun, Coach Tommy Tuberville likes what he sees with the season about a month away.
"We're in very good shape," Tuberville said. "I've had a chance to watch them out my window. I can't go outside and be around them in the summer, but I see the efforts they're putting in."
Coach also said, "How hard you work in the summer pays off in terms of confidence when you get late in the big game. Not many people really know what these kids go through six to seven months before the season. They've paid the price, all of them."
Attendance for the workouts has been outstanding. It's allowed the Red Raiders to gel together. Tech QB Seth Doege is one leading by example and according to Walker this is the best off-season he's seen.
Tech opens up the 2012 campaign September 1. They hope what don't get to see in the off-season will pay off with what you do see come September.
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