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April 2, 1998

LUBBOCK, Texas -- Texas Tech football fans have spoken. The results of fan balloting to determine the starters for Texas Tech's annual spring football game are complete and at almost every position, the fans selected the same starting lineup as the Red Raider coaching staff.

The poll, conducted by Texas Tech Athletics to encourage fan participation in its annual Red-Black spring football game, drew over 600 responses on its official internet website (http://www.texastech.com) and in the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. The player with the most votes at each position earned the starting role in Saturday's final scrimmage of the team's spring drills.

"This has been a fun deal for our fans, players and coaches," said Texas Tech Football Coach Spike Dykes. "I must admit I was really surprised at the response to this poll. It just shows that a lot more people agree with the coaches than are willing to admit it. Our entire team is looking forward to Saturday. It's going to be a fun day."

Senior defensive end Montae Reagor (Waxahachie, Texas) earned the highest percentage of votes at any single position, gathering 542 of 634 total votes for 85.5 percent of the ballots cast. The tightest race was for tight end where Kyle Allamon (Lubbock, Texas) edged Cole Roberts (Shallowater, Texas) by a 240-220 margin. Tim Winn (Longview, Texas) was third with 138 votes at the position.

The only two players to earn a starting position in the game that weren't already listed as starters by the Texas Tech coaches were linebacker Kevin McCullar (Irving, Texas) and cornerback Antwan Alexander (Midland, Texas). McCullar, who started nine games in 1997, was listed behind Tim Duffie (Jefferson, Texas) at weakside linebacker but won the position by a 362-127 margin. Alexander was listed behind Oscar Solis (Slaton, Texas) in the battle to replace the departed Tony Darden (San Antonio, Texas) but won the voting by a 361-134 margin.

The Red-Black Game will kick-off at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 4 in Jones Stadium. Chancellor John Montford will serve as an honorary guest coach of the Red Team, while Texas Commissioner of Education Mike Moses will coach the Black Team. Other activities associated with the event are the public transfer of the reigns by the Masked Rider and appearances by Raider Red, the Saddle Tramps and members of the Goin' Band from Raiderland. Following the game, Raider Alley will feature musical entertainment, food, merchandise and photo and autograph opportunities with Red Raider athletes, coaches and mascots.

Fan Balloting for Red-Black Starters

OFFENSE 
                   Internet       A-J  Total
TE  Kyle Allamon         227      13    240
    Cole Roberts         213       7    220
    Tim Winn             124      14    138

LT Jonathan Gray 399 21 420 Jason May 109 4 113 Matt Heider 57 8 65

LG Curtis Lowery 370 16 386 John DePasquale 113 9 122 Jason Belden 74 7 81

C Robert Haddon 377 13 390 Shane Roberts 189 4 193 Kyle Sanders 122 15 137

RG Erik Carruth 427 22 449 Anthony Patricio 85 6 91 Dan Martin 54 3 57

RT Steve McFadden 243 17 260 Justin Collingsworth 191 3 194 Nick Lee 91 13 194

SE Tim Baker 281 13 294 King Scovell 170 9 179 Daryl Jones 115 9 124

FL Derek Dorris 396 18 414 Dee Jackson 86 7 93 Justin Reed 66 6 72

QB Rob Peters 352 29 381 Jamaal Crisp 135 2 137 Matt Tittle 71 5 76

TB Ricky Williams 431 31 462 James Easterling 73 6 79 Rickey Hunter 65 1 66

FB Jonathan Hawkins 335 23 358 Jason Coffey 166 5 171 Rudy Renda 57 7 64

DEFENSE Internet A-J Total LE Montae Reagor 511 31 542 Devin Lemons 44 3 47 Kenny Kacal 41 4 45

DT Cody Patton 408 23 431 Jason Jones 117 5 122 Ric Fielder 56 5 61

DT Kris Kocurek 360 21 381 Terry Patton 129 6 135 Robert Monroe 78 6 84

RE Taurus Rucker 434 26 460 Duane Toliver 94 2 96 Robert Richardson 46 5 51

SLB Ty Ardoin 415 21 436 Robby Cartwright 101 8 109 Reggie Savage 58 1 59

MLB Kyle Shipley 372 22 394 Sam Hooks 154 6 160 John Robinson 54 3 57

W LB Kevin McCullar 344 18 362 Tim Duffie 107 20 127 Will Culpepper 107 5 112

R Keith Cockrum 253 20 273 Dorian Pitts 226 10 236 Mike Autenreith 51 2 53

RCB Darwin Brown 371 21 392 Corey Turner 129 12 141 Derrick Briggs 69 1 70

LCB Antwan Alexander 350 11 361 Oscar Solis 111 23 134 Brian Giddens 123 10 133

FS John Norman 434 14 448 Mark Washington 86 12 98 Paul McClendon 54 7 61

Some players not listed above due to injury; Actual starting lineups subject to change due to injury during spring drills.


 

 

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