Texas Tech football finally got to put on the helmets and cleats Monday afternoon for their first fall practice in preparation for the 2012 season.
Tuberville talked to reporters after practice about the positive things he saw in the first day back on the field.
"We've got more talent, a lot more quickness, and the big thing is we've got more depth," said the third-year Red Raider coach. "But we've got a lot of room for improvement, everyone's got to get a lot better. We're going to have a lot of competition this year for a lot of positions."
Depth was an issue in the 2011 season when Texas Tech was plagued by injuries on both sides of the ball. Another difference in this year's team thus far: returning senior leadership.
"We've got good leadership this year...I feel a lot more team comradery, and there's more of a sense of urgency" said Tuberville. "We've still got 25 days [of practice ahead], we're going to slowly get better and better each day, and be a lot more on our game than we were last year."
Another visible change from last year is the defense, and that fresh start to the year comes with a new coordinator in Art Kaufman.
Kaufman's attitude is described by some of his defensive players as "old school," and there's nothing gimmicky or flashy in his approach to football.
"The thing I talk to them about is don't worry about the last play," Kaufman told reporters after Monday's practice. "Don't get beat twice by the same play, go to the next play. Too many times a guy will get beat by the slant route and it's 15 yards, then he's got his head down because he's thinking about that play. Now, all of a sudden, here comes the next play, and they got him again because he's thinking about the last one."
As simple as "play the next play" might seem, this Red Raider defense, and team, is ready to let 2011 go just as fast as the last play. This play, and season, is next.
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