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Byron Hanspard

Byron Hanspard

Junior Byron Hanspard leads the nation in rushing with an average of 200.33 yards per game after his 214-yard effort at Georgia two weeks ago. The Heisman Trophy and Doak Walker Award candidate is averaging a whopping 6.9 yards per carry and has surpassed the 200-yard barrier in four of his last five games. He has rushed for over 100 yards in nine straight games. Hanspard recorded a 272-yard school-record outing against OSU. He passed Larry Isaac on the career rushing charts with 2,736 yards. 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 preseason 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.

Hanspard's Career Stats
        Rush     Yds     Avg     TDs     Rec     Yds      Avg   TDs
1994     173     761     4.4       5      11     230     20.9     1
1995     248    1374     5.5      11      35     474     13.5     7
1996     109     825     7.6       7       7      54      7.7     0
Total    508    2736     5.4      20      51     754     14.8     8
Zebbie Lethridge

Zebbie Lethridge

Junior quarterback Zebbie Lethridge is one of the most dangerous signal-callers in the nation, if not the most electrifying. He has passed for just 298 yards in Tech's balanced attack this season, while rushing for 120 on 41 carries. Against Oklahoma State he suffered a hip flexor injury during the first quarter but played the entire game, leading Tech to 413 of total offense in the game and a 31-3 win. The Lubbock native is already listed among the top-five on the school 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.

Lethridge's Career Stats 
         Att    Comp      Pct     Yds     Int     TD     Eff     Rush     Yds     Avg.     TD
1994     261     132     .506     1596      6     12   112.0      110     289     2.6       6
1995     281     136     .484     1885      6     13   115.7      122     137     1.1       9
1996     109      44     .404      499      3      4      NA       49     121     2.6       0
Total    627     298     .476     3802     14     26      NA      273     546     2.0      15
Anthony Armour

Anthony Armour

Senior weakside linebacker Anthony Armour, who has been included among the list of preseason candidates for the Butkus Award given by the Downtown Athletic Club of Orlando, Fla. to the nation's outstanding collegiate linebacker, is second on the squad in tackles with 16, has two tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a quarterback sack. He has 210 total tackles in his career, including 14 for loss and six sacks. The list will be trimmed to 10 semifinalists on Oct. 17 and the three finalists will be announced on Nov. 14. Armour, a graduate of Dallas' Carter High School, is starting at has 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 1994 after undergoing knee surgery following a sophomore season in which he was 10th in the SWC in tackles with 91 at outside linebacker.

Tony Daniels

Tony Daniels

A legitimate Lombardi Award and All-America candidate, junior defensive end Tony Daniels is making a strong bid to be included as one of the top defensive linemen in the nation. In the first three games, the Odessa native has recorded six tackles for loss and 14 total tackles. Against Georgia he had a key stuff of quarterback Mike Bobo on an option lay that caused a key fumble at the Tech eight-yard-line that ended a potential go-ahead Bulldog score early in the game. Against Oklahoma State, Daniels had three tackles for loss. In 1994 as a backup, he recorded 10 tackles for loss in 11 games. Daniels sat out the entire 1995 season after a freak injury diving into a pool prior to preseason drills. After undergoing reconstructive surgery on his knee, the Odessa native used the 1995 season to focus on his comeback.


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