Tommy Tupperville heads to Lubbuck to take over for the very successful Mike Leach, who was booted out the door last December.  Tupperville is a terrific coach and should help continue the Red Raiders on their winning ways.  The draft eligible prospects are mostly of the late round variety.

Detron Lewis showed himself to be a top-flight receiver in 2008 when he played across from Michael Crabtree.  Last season we were not as impressed. Lewis quickly releases off the line, sells routes and crisply gets into breaks.  He extends his hands to offer the quarterback a nice target and displays terrific focus.   He’s a consistent hander catcher that flashes soft hands.   Lewis must show he’s the number one guy at Tech this season or he will fall into the late rounds next April.

Baron Batch is an undersized ball carrier that runs low to the ground and is tough to tackle.  Batch plays with a large degree of quickness, squeezes through the small openings of the defense and loses little momentum when he quickly cuts back against the grain. Batch is also a terrific receiver out of the backfield.  He projects well as a third down back at the next level.

Brian Duncan is an explosive weak side linebacker prospect with a fluid change of direction.  He covers a lot of area on the field, remains disciplined with assignments and shows skill in coverage as well as quickness up the field to fill gaps in run defense.

Texas Tech Pro-Prospects

Round Full Name Pos Num Year
4-5 Detron Lewis WR 17 4Sr
5-6 Baron Batch RB 25 5Sr
5-6 Brian Duncan ILB 57 5Sr
6th Cody Davis S 16 3So
FA Tramain Swindall WR 11 4Jr
FA Bront Bird OLB 20 4Sr
FA Lyle Leong WR 19 4Sr
FA Colby Whitlock DT 93 4Sr
FA Franklin Mitchem S 26 5Sr
FA Chris Olson G 70 5Sr
FA Taylor Potts QB 12 5Sr

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V. Burfict, a star in the making?Issues, issues, and more issues.

Simply the best way to describe our host Brent Sobleski, his guest Mr. Rich Passan, and the numerous technical difficulties faced.

All in all, the podcast was still able to power through and produce a semi-coherent conversation.

Join us once again as we discuss a little local flavor with the forty plus year Cleveland Plain Dealer and radio veteran.   Topics include:

- Cleveland Browns’ rookie class.

- Arizona and Arizona State prospects.

- A few sidebars.

- And our regular segment, “Full of B.S.”

If any other lingering questions and comments are also present, they can be also directed to as we will finish our “Conference Calls” just prior to the season starting with the Pac 10 still needing attention.

As per usual…join the conversation in the site’s FORUMS.

And make sure to listen to all previous incarnations of the podcast to keep updated on talent originating from the Big East, MAC, Big Ten, ACC, and the SEC.

An unfortunate injury to quarterback Colt McCoy early in the contest left the Longhorns dream of winning a national title unanswered.  There’s a lot of talent on the defensive side of the ball this year but the team will take a step back after a number of key players from the offense are now perfecting their craft in the NFL.

We rank blocking tight end Greg Smith at the top UT NFL prospect on offense, which tells you something about the talent they lost.   Yet that’s not to knock Smith, who’s one of the premiere blocking tight ends in the nation. He’s strong, resilient and very tough.  Smith easily controls opposing linemen at the line and opens holes for the running game.  He’s not much of an offensive threat, though Smith reliably catches the ball as a short yardage receiver.

Kyle Hix is a hard working, small area blocker who lumbers around the field.  Strong, he plays smart football and works well with teammates.  Hix is also very tough but struggles in space or adjusting to nimble opponents.

Defensively there’s talent from front to back.

End Sam Acho is a solid prospect who makes plays at the line of scrimmage or out to the flanks.  Acho shows good movement skills, is fluid getting out to the sidelines and plays with good pad level.  He effectively uses his hands to protect himself and is rarely off his feet.  His measurables (6’3”/260lbs) leave a lot to be desired and our concern is the position Acho will hold down at the next level.

Junior linebacker Keenan Robinson is an exciting prospect.  He’s an athletic defender that covers a decent amount of area on the field, gets depth on drops and intimidates opponents that come over the middle.

We anxiously await the return of Jared Norton, a prospect we ranked high off the ’08 film.  Norton, who was a force at middle linebacker, suffered an injury at the start of last season and sat on the sidelines the rest of the year.

The backfield is full of quality NFL prospects, some who have the potential to be special.

Chykie Brown is a well built cornerback who plays big and physical.  Brown jams opponents at the line of scrimmage, slowing their release off the snap, works hard to get off blocks and makes a lot of plays on the ball.  He has a burst to the action and is forceful up the field on the blitz.  Brown’s also displays solid instincts and overall awareness.  He must polish his technique as Brown is very quick to leave his backpedal, loses in transition turning his hips and at times last season played back on his heels.

Aaron Williams is a big time talent and could eventually be the earliest pick of all the UT defensive backs when he enters the draft.  Williams also shows force up the field on the blitz, is physical with receivers at the line as well as throughout the route and also plays heads-up football.  He easily runs downfield with opponents then effectively uses his large frame to box receivers.

Curtis Brown is our third rated UT cornerback.  This Brown does a nice job reading receivers eyes then gets his head back around to immediately locate the pass.  He shows better-than-average ball skills yet must up his game.

Blake Gideon is a hard nosed defender who runs around the field playing as though his hair was in fire.  He shows a good head for the ball but also makes plays with his hustle.  He lacks the great ball skills and is better between the numbers but will be an asset as a dime back/special teams player.

Texas Pro-Prospects

Round Full Name Pos Num Year
2-3 Chykie Brown CB 8 5Sr
3rd Aaron Williams CB 4 4Jr
3-4 Keenan Robinson OLB 1 4Jr
4-5 Greg Smith TE 83 5Sr
5th Sam Acho DE N 5Sr
6th Curtis Brown CB 3 4Sr
7th Blake Gideon S 21 3Jr
FA Jared Norton ILB 11 4Sr
FA Kyle Hix T 64 5Sr
FA James Kirkendoll WR 11 4Sr
FA Eddie Jones DE 32 4Sr
FA Michael Huey G 63 4Sr
FA John Chiles WR 5 4Sr

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