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Mar. 11, 1997

Texas Tech Receiver Earns NCAA Academic Award

Scovell awarded $5,000 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship

LUBBOCK, Texas - Former Texas Tech receiver Field Scovell has been named the recipient of a 1997 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship in football, it was announced today by NCAA Committee and Scholarship Coordinator Julie M. Quickel.

Scovell, who completed his athletic eligibility last fall as the starting flanker on Texas Tech's 7-5 team that advanced to the Builders Square Alamo Bowl, was a three-time Academic All-District VI selection by the College Sports Information Directors (CoSIDA). He graduated in the spring of 1996 with a degree in finance and is currently preparing for medical school.

"We are certainly proud of Field and all of his academic and athletic accomplishments," said head football coach Spike Dykes. "He is the prime example of what a student-athlete can achieve by applying themselves in the classroom and on the field. I couldn't be happier for Field and his family."

Scovell was a three-time letterman for the Texas Tech football team and was one of just a handful of players to help guide the Red Raiders to a school-record four-straight bowl appearances. He was named a Burger King national Scholar-Athlete of the Week last fall and was honored as a 1995 Hitachi/College Football Association Scholar-Athlete as a junior. He also received the Delta Airlines/Mobil Cotton Bowl 1995 Scholar-Athlete Award and was regularly named to the Dean's and President's Lists.

A 1992 graduate of Hillcrest High School in Dallas, Scovell caught 40 passes in his career for 672 yards and four touchdowns. Last fall he caught a key 22-yard TD reception to help break-open a 45-24 Texas Tech homecoming victory over Baylor in the Red Raiders' first-ever Big 12 game in Jones Stadium.

A former walk-on, Scovell is the son of John Scovell, who played quarterback at Texas Tech in 1966-67 and the grandson of Field Scovell, who was considered "Mr. Cotton Bowl" for five decades. He started his last 23 games for the Red Raiders.

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