Red Raiders back to practice amidst distractions

Published: Dec. 16, 2013 at 10:53 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 14, 2014 at 4:57 AM CST
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - It's back to business as usual for the Red Raiders.

The players have been practicing over the last week, but Monday seemed back to normal for Texas Tech as the team prepares for the Holiday Bowl instead of dwelling on the cloud of distractions that's been hovering around the team in recent days.

With Baker Mayfield's surprising transfer well behind them, and the "Sonny Cumbie-to-TCU" story becoming official on Monday, the distractions finally gave way to what matters most: preparing for 14th ranked Arizona State.

"We're back to controlling what we can control," Dartwan Bush said after practice. "Going to meetings, getting treatment, practicing, it's good."

The team hasn't begun focusing on the Sun Devils offense or defense yet per se, with Coach Wallerstedt saying they'll begin game prep on Thursday, but in order for the team to shore up what's cost them during the five-game losing streak (run defense and turnovers) the team is spending extra time on the little things.

"It's back to the basics," Kerry Hyder said. "Steps, technique, footwork, getting off the ball, hands. I see everybody just wants to get better. Older guys, younger guys, we want to end this thing on a good note and get some momentum for next year."

Of course, the distractions this year is a breeze compared to what the Red Raiders dealt with last season, as head coach Tommy Tuberville bolted for Cincinnati before the team's Texas Bowl game with Minnesota. Dealing with a giant distraction like that before a bowl game has made it easier for the team to handle what's happened this year.

"Oh yeah, it makes you stronger that's for sure," Bush said. "We've been through it and there's nothing to it now.

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