Armour Emerges as Butkus Candidate
Senior weakside linebacker Anthony Armour has been included among the list of pre-season candidates for the Butkus Award given by the Downtown Athletic Club of Orlando, Fla., to the nation's outstanding collegiate linebacker. Armour, a graduate of Dallas' Carter High School, is starting at his third position at Texas Tech during his career. Last season he led the defensive line with 55 tackles at the end position and caused three fumbles. He redshirted in 1994 after undergoing knee surgery following a sophomore season in which he was 10th in the SWC in tackles with 91 as outside linebacker.
Hanspard Enters Season Moving up Tech Charts
Junior Byron Hanspard enters the 1996 season with an opportunity to become on the college football's most sensational runners and contend for the Doak Walker Award and the Heisman Trophy. The junior from DeSoto is the third-leading returning scorer in the nation this season, after averaging 9.82 points per game last season. A pre-season All-America selection, Hanspard averaged 223 yards per game in his final three games of last season, including 260 yards against Air Force in the Copper Bowl, where he was named the game's MVP. He rushed for 1,374 yards last season, the second-best sophomore performance in the Southwest Conference's 82-year history. He also led the team with 35 catches for 474 yards.
Lethridge One of the Nation's Top QB Threats
Junior quarterback Zebbie Lethridge has quietly emerged as one of the top signal-callers in the nation, if not the most electrifying. The Lubbock native is already listed among the top five on the schools charts for career passing yards, pass attempts, pass completions, total offense and TD passes. Last year he set a final Southwest Conference record with 211 consecutive passes without an interception, which will stand as the all-time SWC mark. Last season Lethridge recorded the most prolific sophomore season ever for a Red Raider with 1,885 passing yards, 22 total TDs and 2,022 yards in total offense.
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