Welcome to the latest edition of the Rapid Fire in which the Inside the Red Raiders staff discusses Texas Tech sports and recruiting plus extra topics such as food, drink, movies and other pop culture in a roundtable style format. In this edition the staff discusses their takeaways from Red Raider football fall camp.
1. What’s you main takeaway from fall camp so far?
Steven Chapman (DbltFarmer), Photographer: The differences in coaching and how the players are getting after it in one on one drills. Just feels like the players will get better by competing against each other and the defense more.
Jarret Johnson (Wreckem98), Publisher: This program is organized, has a plan for both the short and long term and is steadily going about building the program up while reaching out, opening its doors and welcoming fans, high school coaches and the media. I am hopeful for the future because of it.
Kenny Romero (okieredraider01), Staff: So far the main takeaway for me is the OL is not as set in stone as I would have thought going in. With Steele hurt and Akamnonu seeming to struggle yet again there isn’t as much experience as I first thought.
Joe Yeager, Senior Writer: The simple fact that Wells is kind of the anti-Kingsbury. Wells may or may not succeed, but he’s going to do things his own way.
2. What fall camp news has you the most optimistic?
Chapman: The development of the tight ends. I think having big tight ends to block and catch passes is a big change that will result in a more consistent and unpredictable offense. The extra blocker will help with the run game and linebackers will have a hard time covering the tight ends.
Johnson: In the short term it’s Dawson Deaton solidifying the center position. He has looked good when I have watched the team in practice and the coaches have been very complimentary of his progress.
Romero: The safety position seems to be solidified with Coleman and Frye back there.
Yeager: The apparently strong play of the defensive line.
3. What fall camp news has you the most pessimistic?
Chapman: The offensive line. Not much news coming from that position group and with Steele being hurt and getting a late start, no clear cut starter, this does not look like a strength on the team.
Johnson: Some of the injury news is alarming. Two of the days I was out there recently two running backs were out with what was described as bumps and bruises, but it put into perspective just how razor thin the depth is at running back. There was one scholarship back available and three walk-ons.
Romero: Offensive line struggles.
Yeager: Seth Collins being out indefinitely. Not a loss Tech’s offense can easily withstand, in my opinion.
4. Who’s a player most Tech fans don’t know right now that will play a big role this season?
Johnson: Xavier Benson. Sure diehards on this site know who he is, but most fans probably don’t know much about the redshirt freshman who I expect to start at Raider–the linebacker/defensive end hybrid. He has a big frame and is very athletic. He should make a lot of plays this season.
Romero: John Davis, I think he ends up being a starter by the end of the year.
Yeager: The kicker Trey Wolff.
5. Who is the best football player on the team?
Chapman: It is hard to pick just one, so I will go with both Jordyn Brooks and Broderick Washington. These are two players that have gotten a lot of playing time in the last four years and are the best at their positions. I think these two guys can lead to the best defense we have seen at Tech in a long time.
Johnson: I think you could make a strong case for both Adrian Frye and a healthy Jack Anderson, but I’ll take Broderick Washington all day. He is unblockable at times and should be in contention for All-Big 12 at the end of the year.
Romero: Adrian Frye.
Yeager: Broderick Washington.