Texas Tech football season officially started over the weekend as the team held its media day and first practice of fall camp.
Coaches and players alike say this time of year couldn't have come soon enough. It means no more summer lifting and conditioning programs for the players and no more extensive, long-distance speaking engagements for Coach Kingsbury.
Now their focus is back where it belongs, on the playing field.
"It's finally here," Coach Kingsbury told KCBD at media day. "I'm excited for the attention to go back on the players. They're the ones who make it all happen."
"This is a big time of the year," Junior tight end Jace Amaro said. "This is where we show everybody how much we've improved over the summer and take it on the field."
Many of the players we spoke to said they felt like the off season dragged on longer this year. This makes sense when the fans and players have something so important to look forward to.
Fans and players see this as the dawning of a new era for Red Raider football, leading to the most anticipated season in recent memory.
"You can tell there's a different energy around here," Sophomore quarterback Michael Brewer said. "The season is almost here and we can't wait to get the ball rollin'."
The team revealed much-anticipated new uniform designs for the coming season: a new red stripe on the helmet, new look uniform designs and a different uniform material that the players say is more comfortable.
All of it adds to the excitement for 2013 Red Raider football.
"It just shows us that the coaches are confident in us," Junior running back Sadale Foster said. "They wouldn't get us new uniforms if they didn't believe big things were coming for us. They look good, they feel good, and hopefully we'll be stacking a lot of 'W's' in them too."
A 23-day Fall Camp gives way to regular season action August 30 at SMU.
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