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Byron Hanspard

Byron Hanspard


With his impressive 287-yard effort against Baylor, Byron Hanspard has become the first back in the nation to surpass the 1,000-yard mark this season. He has also gone over the 1,000 yards in fewer games than any back in school history. Hanspard surpassed the 1,000-yard mark in the first five games, while Byron Morris in 1993 and James Hadnot in 1978 and 1979 achieved the mark during the eighth game of the season. He is currently second in the nation in rushing with an average of 222.4 yards per game after his 287-yard effort against Baylor last weekend. The Heisman Trophy and Doak Walker Award candidate is averaging a whopping 7.7 yards per carry and has surpassed the 200-yard barrier in four straight games and six of his last seven games. He has rushed for over 100 yards in 11 straight games. Hanspard recorded a 287-yard school-record outing against Baylor. (see Hanspard Bio) 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     144    1112     7.7       9      10     114     11.4     0
Total    565    3247     5.7      25      56     818     14.6     8


Zebbie Lethridge


Zebbie Lethridge

Junior quarterback Zebbie Lethridge is 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     129      54     .419      641      3      5      NA       57     178     3.1       0
Total    671     322     .480     4122     15     30      NA      289     604     2.1      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, missed the Baylor contest due to a knee sprain suffered against Utah State. He has 236 total tackles in his career, including 17 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

An often-overlooked 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 five games, the Odessa native has recorded an outstanding eight tackles for loss. Against Georgia he had a key stuff of quarterback Mike Bobo on an option play 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. He has 27 tackles on the season. 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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