Hanspard Earns First All-America Award Of The Season
Texas Tech tailback named first-team All-America by Football News
LUBBOCK, Texas -- For the sixth-straight season, a Texas Tech football player has earned All-America honors by Football News. Junior Red Raider tailback Byron Hanspard was named to the publication's first-team, the publication's editorial board announced today.
Hanspard, a 6-0, 193-pound marketing major from DeSoto, was one of seven Big 12 Conference players on the offensive and defensive first teams and joined Iowa State running back Troy Davis in the first-team backfield. Overall, 10 players from the Big 12 were named to either the first or second teams, which were selected by the editorial staff of Football News.
Last season, linebacker Zach Thomas was named to the first team after earning second-team honors in 1994. Running back Byron Morris was named to the first team in 1993, wide receiver Lloyd Hill was a first-team selection in 1992, and punter Mark Bounds earned first-team honors in 1991.
Hanspard enters Saturday's final home contest with 1,743 total rushing yards this season, which is good for second-most in the nation and he is just nine yards short of Morris' Texas Tech single-season record. He is currently averaging 193.7 yards per game and has rushed for over 100 yards in his 15-straight outings, despite averaging only four yards per carry in the fourth quarter this season.
Football News First-Team All-America
OFFENSE QB Danny Wuerffel, Florida RB Byron Hanspard, Texas Tech RB Troy Davis, Iowa State WR Marcus Harris, Wyoming WR Ike Hilliard, Florida TE Tony Gonzalez, California OL Aaron Taylor, Nebraska OL Juan Roque, Arizona State OL Orlando Pace, Ohio State OL Chris Naeole, Colorado OL Benji Olson, Washington PK Mark Primanti, North Carolina St. DEFENSE DL Grant Wistrom, Nebraska DL Peter Boulware, Florida State DL Tarek Saleh, Wisconsin LB Canute Curtis, West Virginia LB Keith Mitchell, Texas A&M LB Jason Chorak, Washington LB Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern DB Kevin Jackson, Alabama DB Shawn Springs, Ohio State CB Sam Madison, Louisville DB Chris Canty, Kansas State P Brad Maynard, Ball State