Red Raider Football Prepares for Fall Season|
July 20, 1998
LUBBOCK, Texas - With the season opener on Sept. 5th quickly approaching, the Texas Tech football team is laying the groundwork for another successful season with a summer program of strength and conditioning. Under the guidance of Coach Kelvin Clark, the football team is having of their most productive Summers ever.
A majority of the Tech squad has taken on the challenge that Clark has laid out for them this summer.
"Since I arrived here in the summer of 1995, this summer has seen the best attendance for workouts," said Clark. "We have gone from 25 athletes here the first summer I was here to over 75 this summer."
The Red Raider's workouts consist of four days of weight-lifting in the Athletic Training Center and four days of running. The running is broken down into two days of conditioning and two days of speed work in Jones Stadium and on the practice football field. In the year round conditioning of these athletes, this is seen as one of the most intense and demanding times.
Through the rigors of the program, Clark hopes to cut down on injuries and increase stamina for two-a-days which begin for returning players on August 13th. Another product of these efforts is creating a mental toughness that will carry through into the long season. All of which will factor into the success of the 1998 team.
The result of all this work: bigger, stronger and faster players who are prepared to take on the best of Big 12. Some of the Red Raiders that have stood out this Summer are:
All-American candidate defensive end Monte Reagor who has continued every season at Tech to get stronger. He has already recorded a mark of 371 pounds on the hang clean, squatted 603 pounds and bench pressed 430 pounds.
Running back Ricky Williams, who is looking to follow up his record setting freshman campaign, is working hard with the weights. Williams, who is only 5-7 180 pounds, leads Tech running backs with recorded lifts of 329 pounds on the hang clean, a squat of 592 pounds and a bench press of 330 pounds.
Sophomore Kris Kocurek, who is at the top of the depth chart at defensive lineman going into two-a-days, has used this time to further establish himself as one of the strongest on the team. He has already hang cleaned 380 pounds, squatted 550 pounds and bench pressed 420 pounds
Kyle Sanders, the former walk-on who will be battling for starting center position, has help to set the top mark in the weight room. The sophomore as among the team's leaders with a hang clean of 340 pounds, squat of 650 and bench press of 450 pounds
"We try to create a fun atmosphere for the players to work out in," said Clark. "We want to develop personnel relationships with athletes to help motivate them in their progress with weights and conditioning."