January 28, 1997
More Hardware For Hanspard
LUBBOCK, Texas -- The honors keep rolling in for former Texas Tech running back Byron Hanspard. Recently he was named the College Athlete of the Year by the Dallas All Sports Association and, today, he was named to the Americal Football Quarterly 1996 All-America team.
Hanspard, who was joined in the backfield by Iowa State running back Troy Davis and University of Florida quarterback Danny Wuerffel, became only the sixth back in NCAA history to surpass the 2,000-yard barrier in a single season. He became Texas Tech's second-ever Dr Pepper Doak Walker Award winner and was a consensus first-team All-America selection.
A junior last season for the Red Raiders' 7-5 team that played in the Builders Square Alamo Bowl, Hanspard declared his intention on December 31 to forgo his senior season of eligibility to enter the 1997 National Football League Draft.