First year head coach Tommy Tuberville’s first year of spring practices are officially over. On wet and windy Saturday the Red Raiders took the field for a nice sized crowd that came to watch their team despite the inclement weather.
Injuries have plagued the team on both sides of the ball. As everyone knows both possible starting quarterbacks, Steven Sheffield and Taylor Potts, were knocked out of the spring practices after the first week. Another position that was banged up by the time the spring was the defensive line. Among these injuries was senior nose tackle Colby Whitlock.
The young quarterbacks, Jacob Karam and Seth Doege, both had their pros and cons. One of the best plays on the day came on a pass from Karam to Cornelius Douglas. Douglas broke about 5 tackles on his way to a 64 yard touchdown. Defensive back Yashua Williams had the team’s only interception on a Doege pass.
The team’s running backs have a much stronger role in the offense as of the total 130 plays the team ran 62 times with 115 yards and a touchdown. Harrison Jeffers finished the day with 16 runs for 56 yards. Aaron Crawford continued to impress and looks to take a much larger role in the offense.
Seth Doege finished the day with 24 completions on 34 attempts for 204 yards and 2 touchdowns. His counterpart Jacob Karam finished with 23 completions on 34 attempts for 326 yards and 3 touchdowns. The game ended in a tie at 24 all.
Alex Torres continued to impress and ended the game with 10 catches for 115 yards and a touchdown from Karam. Eric Ward looked very impressive as well.
The defense had a pretty good day and finished with 5 sacks but still has a long ways to go in its transition to the new 3-4 defense.
All in all it was good day for the Red Raiders who are now done with these spring practices.
Tuberville seemed relatively pleased but indicated the O-line still needs to lose some weight. The D-line needs to gain weight. For the next four months strength and conditioning will be the focus. Simply put, he said, "Players who are in shape can play better faster and for longer periods of time."