The Texas Tech football team has one more week of summer practices before they enter "game week" preparing for the season opener against Central Arkansas.
As exciting as that is, there's still plenty of work to be done for the coming season, especially in regards to the receiving core.
Everyone is adjusting to new roles coming into the season. Namely, Bradley Marquez going from outside to inside, taking over Jace Amaro's position. Then there's guys like Jakeem Grant, Reginald Davis, and DJ Polite Bray - all four going from marginal roles last season to major roles this year.
It's a big jump for all involved. With little practice time remaining, the receivers are locked in toward getting adjusted.
"Brad has stepped up big time," Quarterback Davis Webb said. "Having Jace come up here in the spring teaching him what he's learned from the Jets at his old position was great for him. Jakeem is turning it up a whole 'nother level. He wants to win the Biletnikoff Award this year and we're going to try to get him the ball as much as we can so he can reach that goal."
Of course, replacing guys like Amaro and Eric Ward is never easy. What the Red Raiders lack in size, they more than make up for in speed.
Sophomore Reginald Davis sees the coaching staff utilizing the receivers' speed more in practices.
"We're running a lot more deep routes," Davis said. "A lot of routes that get us out and last those DB's. Everything is fast. Nothing is slow. But that helps us out a lot. It's very fast. Very fast."
The Red Raiders ranked first in passing yards per game last season in the Big 12. They lost their top two receivers in Amaro and Ward, but feel they have the weapons - although somewhat unproven - in place to pick up right where they left off.
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