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Reagor Earns More Honors




June 22, 1998

LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech senior Montae Reagor (Waxahachie, Texas) received two honors Monday when he was named a preseason candidate for the Bronko Nagurski Award and earned first-team preseason All-America honors by The Sporting News.

The Nagurski Award is given annually by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) to the best defensive player in college football. The finalists will be named in late November and the winner will be announced at a Dec. 7 banquet hosted by the Charlotte Touchdown Club in Charlotte, N.C.

Reagor is one of just two Big 12 Conference players, along with Texas A&M linebacker Dat Nguyen, as candidates for the award. A total of 18 players were named to the checklist, which was developed by the FWAA's eight-man All-America committee.

In addition, Reagor was one of three Big 12 players named to The Sporting News' preseason All-America team, along with Nguyen and Texas tailback Ricky Williams. Reagor has earned first-team preseason All-America honors from Football Digest, Football News and Athlon in addition to TSN.

Reagor, a 6-2, 254 defensive end, enters the 1998 season needing just seven tackles for losses to pass former Texas Tech All-Americas Zach Thomas and Gabriel Rivera as the Red Raiders' career leader. He also needs just one sack to become the school's leader in that category. Reagor has 27 tackles for loss and 17.5 sacks during his Texas Tech career.

Texas Tech opens the 1998 season Sept. 5 against Texas-El Paso at Jones Stadium. The Red Raiders begin Big 12 action at Iowa State on Sept. 26. Texas Tech will host conference rivals Baylor, Oklahoma State, Missouri and Texas at Jones Stadium this season. Season tickets went on sale today with a variety of packages available beginning at $60 each for all six games. For ticket information, contact the Athletic Ticket Office at 1-888-Go-Big12 or 806/742-4412.



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