Texas Tech Newcomers Report to Campus|
August 10, 1998
LUBBOCK, Tex. - Fourteen Red Raider football signees and three walk-ons reported today at Gates Hall on the Texas Tech campus. They marked the first group of players to arrive for fall drills.
After checking into their dorm rooms, the players were issued equipment and had individual physicals. The day ended with a cardiovascular test session on the Jones Stadium turf and a team meeting.
"We are glad the day has finally come to get these guys here," head coach Spike Dykes said. "We are ready to get the season underway. Its refreshing to see everyone for the first time."
Many of the players expressed a sense of anticipation upon arriving at check-in.
"Its great to get started," Kevin Curtis, a defensive back from Lubbock, Texas, said. "Ive been lifting weights and running all summer to get stronger and faster. Im ready to play some football and do whatever I can to help the team."
"Im nervous right now, but Im excited about being here and getting ready for the season," Robert Wyatt, a defensive lineman from Duncanville, Texas, said.
Two new freshman signees also reported with the newcomers.
Ross McCoy, 6-5, 220, will come into drills as the oldest member of this years group at 22 years-old. After serving in the Army from 1995-98, McCoy will lineup on the defensive line for Texas Tech. Originally from Plainview, Texas, he played high school football at Plainview High School where he was the defensive MVP his senior year. He was a member of the all-district team on offense and defense. McCoy also was named to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal Fab 44 team, Top of Texas Magazine Super Team and the All-State team both his junior and senior years. He was also a regional finalist in the 400 meters.
Hailing from Houston, Terrance Colquitt, 6-3, 220, also enters Texas Tech as a defensive lineman. At Alief Hastings High School, Colquitt led the team to the 5A state finals with a 14-2 record. His senior year he recorded 12 sacks including three against Westbury high school. He was named first team All-Greater Houston and first team All-State.
The newcomers are scheduled to practice twice tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. and 2:35 p.m. Varsity players will report on Thursday, August 13.
Texas Tech 1998 Newcomer Reporting Roster