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Red Raiders Have First Day of Practice




August 11, 1998

LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech newcomers practiced twice today on the Jones Stadium turf to kick off preparation for the 1998 football season. The team worked for 15 periods in the morning session and 18 in the afternoon. Both sessions consisted mainly of individual position workouts as the players started to become acclimated with the teams offensive and defensive schemes and further condition themselves.

"Practice went very well today," head coach Spike Dykes said. "We feel like these guys are in great condition. I think they all understand what they have to do to get ready to play even though they all come from different program from across the state. Were very excited about this class."

It was a day of transition for many players including freshman Kevin Curtis. A local from Lubbock, the 6-2, 195, Curtis is seeking lucrative playing time in his first year. At Coronado High School, he played mainly quarterback and some defense on third down situations. However, at Texas Tech, Curtis is slated to backup John Norman this season at free safety.

"The first day of practice was great," Curtis said. "It is definitely a learning experience trying to get use to teams system, where to lineup and the calls. Im looking forward to John Norman coming in and learning behind him. Hes a great athlete."

The newcomers will practice twice again on Wed. at 7:55 a.m. and 1:35 p.m.



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