April 18, 2007

Harrell pleased as spring practice comes to an end

Texas Tech's spring workouts are officially in the books and the general consensus among players, coaches and observers seems to be that it was a successful spring. There were no devastating injuries, although the loss of Richard Jones and Franklin Mitchem was unfortunate; only one significant defection in Josh Aleman, and not a single brawl. Quite a contrast from last year when Tech practices more often than not resembled nickel moonshine night down at the Rusty Nail with the Banditos out in force. This year the mood is far more positive and upbeat.

And that springy step and twinkling eye is certainly reflected in junior starting quarterback, Graham Harrell. The Ennis native had a solid spring and is quite pleased with the way the young offense has come along.

"I think we've gotten a lot better as a unit. We lost a lot of guys last year and we've got a lot of new faces, new players out there, and part of what we needed to do this spring was get everybody on the same page, everyone playing as a unit and I think that's what we've done," Harrell declares.

"We have talent out there and everyone knows we're gonna be talented but we have to get on the same page and I think in the spring we've done that quite a bit and we're going to be a really good squad."

And speaking of being on the same page, Harrell is convinced that his cohesion with the new and returning but little-used receivers is good and getting better. The sheer desire of those receivers to play and play well, moreover, is the key to the short adjustment period.

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