With his streak-extending 257-yard effort against Southwestern Louisiana, junior Heisman Trophy candidate Byron Hanspard set several school records last week. His average of 200.0 yards per game leads the nation. His 2,000 total yards this season is the sixth-highest total in NCAA history.
Against Baylor, Hanspard had become the first back in the nation to pass the 1,000-yard mark this season. He has also gone over 1,000 yards in fewer games than any back in Tech history. Hanspard passed 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.
The Heisman Trophy and Doak Walker Award candidate is averaging 6.4 yards per carry and has surpassed the 200-yard barrier in five games this season. He has rushed for over 100 yards in 16 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 311 2000 6.4 13 16 176 11.0 1 Total 732 4135 5.6 29 62 880 14.2 9
Zebbie Lethridge Junior quarterback Zebbie Lethridge has quietly been moving up the school charts in several categories. He passed Ron Reeves on the career passing yards list (3rd, 4,987), career pass completions (3rd, 373), Career pass attempts (3rd, 783), career TD passes (3rd, 35) and career total offense (3rd, 5,699). He also moved past James gray for second on the school list for TDs responsible for with 55.
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 241 105 .436 1506 5 10 105.6 114 286 2.5 5 Total 783 373 .477 4987 17 35 346 712 1.9 20
Anthony Armour Had eight tackles, including two for losses, against Nebraskaフhe team's second leading tackler (55)ノissed Baylor contest due to a sprained knee, but came back with five tackles and a game-sealing interception at Kansasドad 11 solo hits and 12 overall tackles against Utah Stateドad a season-high 13 stops against Georgia along with two QB pressures and two pass breakupsドad eight tackles in each of the first two games against Kansas State and Oklahoma Stateフallied three quarterback pressures, four solos and four assists, including one sack and one tackle for loss at KSUフhe weakside linebacker is now starting his third position at Tech.
Tony Daniels One of the few defensive players in the Big 12 that can alter an offensive gameplan, junior All-America candidate Tony Daniels is making a strong bid to be included as one of the top defensive performers in the nation. Daniels was recently named one of 23 semifinalists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy given to the nation's top defensive player.
In the first nine games, the Odessa native has recorded an outstanding 10 tackles for loss, three sacks, four fumbles caused and four fumble recoveries. In Tech's 13-10 win at Texas A&M, Daniels recorded two crucial sacks to end the Aggies' final two potential game-winning drives.
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. Against Texas A&M, Daniels recorded key sacks in the Aggies final two drives to key the 13-10 victory in College Station.
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 '95 season to focus on his comeback.
Ben Kaufman As a three-year starter, senior offensive lineman Ben Kaufman has probably played more snaps at Texas Tech than any player to wear a Red Raider uniform. And he has become, perhaps, the top offensive lineman in the Big 12 Conference. Offensive line coach Ted Unbehagen has stated that Kaufman is "easily one of the best offensive lineman in the Big 12. If there is an all-Big 12 team that doesn't include Ben Kaufman, they shouldn't choose one."