By Britton Drown: Texas Tech Athletics Communications
Just two days after strapping on shoulder pads for the first time in fall camp, Texas Tech switched to full pads on Wednesday morning for their first full-contact practice.
The practice marked the first time the Red Raiders unveiled their new, full Under Armour uniform combinations. The offense wore white tops with white pants, while the defensive unit wore red tops with white pants.
While head coach Tommy Tuberville was displeased with the execution he saw in practice on Tuesday, he praised the efforts and execution of his defense on Wednesday morning.
“It was a good hot day,” Tuberville said. “I thought we got a lot done defensively. We made some progress. I think some guys are starting to learn the tempo.”
It’s a tempo that, no doubt, first-year defensive coordinator Chad Glasgow has strived to instill in his unit throughout the entirety of training camp–and with full pads on Wednesday, the intensity seemed to culminate within his unit.
“With these pads on, the level steps up a huge amount,” redshirt freshman cornerback Urell Johnson said. “Coach Glasgow, his intensity steps up a huge amount.”
Johnson said the defense has been a work in progress throughout camp as the squad has worked intently with Glasgow to switch to the 4-2-5 base defensive.
“We have seen tremendous improvement,” Johnson said. “We are a lot faster and the intensity has risen way high.”
While Glasgow rewrote the Texas Tech defensive playbook in the spring, Johnson added that the transition to the 4-2-5 defense has not been difficult for the team grasp during camp.
“It’s not something that you will catch a brain cramp over,” Johnson said. “Just listen to coach, and you will have everything all right.”
Meanwhile, Tuberville said the offense was an area that needed to continue to improve throughout the remainder of fall camp. After praising the unit on Tuesday, he said he was disappointed with the effort he saw from the offense on Wednesday morning.
But he reiterated there is still plenty of time remaining in camp for both the offense and defense to see significant improvements before the Sept. 3 season opener.
“That’s the reason you practice,” Tuberville said. “That’s the reason we have coaches, and we all have got to come back and hopefully we will get better tomorrow.”