Football To Begin Spring Drills March 3|
Feb. 19, 1998
LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech football team will begin preparations for the 1998 season by conducting spring drills beginning March 3 culminating with the annual Red-Black game April 4 at 10 a.m. in Jones Stadium.
The team will go through 15 total sessions, which will include two scrimmages and the Red-Black game, over the five-week period. The team will be excused from practice during spring break from March 14-22. The Red-Black game, beginning at 10 a.m., will feature a number of activities that are intended to be enjoyable for fans, coaches and players. The day will feature the Masked Rider, Raider Red, members of the Goin' Band from Raiderland and Raider Alley. Texas Tech will play Missouri later that day in a Big 12 baseball game at 2 p.m. at Dan Law Field.
The Red Raiders return 12 starters (6 offense, 5 defense, 1 specialty) and 47 letterwinners from its 6-5 team that finished 5-3 in the conference and, for the second-straight season, in second-place in the Big 12 South Division. Headlining the Red Raider offense will be the return of rising senior receiver Donnie Hart (Wolfforth, Texas) and record-setting rising sophomore tailback Ricky Williams (Duncanville, Texas). Hart ranked third in the nation in pass receiving prior to suffering a hamstring injury against Kansas, while Williams surpassed Byron Hanspard's school freshman rushing record. The top candidate to replace departed four-year starter Zebbie Lethridge at quarterback is rising junior Rob Peters (Katy, Texas).
After playing nine different positions over the last two seasons, Peters will be competing with rising senior Matt Tittle (Flower Mound, Texas) and redshirt freshman Jamaal Crisp (Dallas, Texas) for the starting position. Offensive starters returning are tight end Tim Winn (Longview, Texas), left tackle Jonathan Gray (Lubbock, Texas), right tackle Justin Collingsworth (Pampa, Texas), Hart, Williams and fullback Jonathan Hawkins (Wichita Falls, Texas).
Defensively the Red Raiders should once again live-up to their