Fox 34 in Lubbock has posted the first video from Day 1 of spring practice.
A few players have changed numbers:
- #2 LA Reed
- #12 Lashawn Vation
- #19 Lyle Leong
- #20 Bront Bird
- #22 Jared Flannel
- #29 Taylor Charbonnet
- #30 Steven Harris
- #43 McKinner Dixon
Brian Duncan has been moved to the Mike LB spot and the LA-J reports that he's looking forward to the opportunity:
“You’re controlling the defense,’’ he said. “I’m a very talkative guy. I’m loud. I like to command, so being put in that position made it even better for me.’’
The excitement of the Red Raider Nation sure isn't lost on this team. QB Graham Harrell notes that the potential is there for this to be a really good team:
"It's still a long ways to the season," he said. "I think a lot of people are anxious for it. Everyone in the locker room is ready to go, ready to play. I think everyone's excited. That's going to be big, and I think it's because everyone realizes how good we can be. If we get on the same page, if we play together, and if we really get together, then I think everyone realizes this team can be really, really good."
However, Leach is quick to point out that he thinks the team will do a good job ignoring the distractions that come with such lofty expectations:
"They need to do a good job of that," he said. "That's one thing. A smart player does a good job of that. Ignore what's said and all the rest because the opinions that count are the ones that we have in a team meeting. The only thing that we can really improve is improvement from one day to the next. If we do that, then we'll be as good as we can be anyway."
That's all for today. I'll have some more updates as we progress through the spring.