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Houston Trio Highlights Texas Tech Practices

Varsity set to report tomorrow

August 12, 1998

LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech football newcomers concluded their last two day practice sessions on Wednesday before varsity reports. Both morning and afternoon sessions consisted of team and individual position drills. All varsity players are scheduled to be issued soft goods from 1 to 5 p.m. tomorrow, but there will be no practice. Drills will resume on Sunday at 4:30 p.m.

Three players that have made an immediate impressions on the Red Raider coaching staff is the trio from the Houston area: linebacker Rusty Bucy (6-1. 225) from Katy, defensive end Terrance Colquitt (6-2, 218) from Alief and Lawrence Flugence (6-1, 210) from Klein.

Bucy, the state Class 5A Co-Defensive Player of the Year, comes to Texas Tech as one of this years most honored recruits. He was named the Houston Chronicles Player of the Year and an honorable mention All-America by USA Today. "I can see why he received so many awards," defensive coordinator John Goodner said. "He has taken charge and done a great job in the middle so far."

"Ive been pleased with my performance," said Bucy. "Ive been paying attention and learning a lot, but I havent even begun to scratch the surface yet. I look forward to getting more reps at practice and learning how to recognize things so they become automatic."

Colquitt, who led his team to the 5A state finals, has not disappointed in his first practices. "Terrance Colquitt is everything we thought he would be at defensive end," said Goodner. "He could be a great player here."

"There has been some transition getting used to everything out here, especially the weather," Colquitt said. "Im really looking forward to competing against the varsity. I want to have other more experienced players to compare my progress to."

After recording 123 tackles as a senior at Klein High School, Flugence is looking to make a name for himself at Tech. "He can really run well for a big guy," Goodner said.

"Im a little rough around the edges, but I think things are going to turn out pretty well," Flugence said. "Ive been adjusting to the terminology and recognition in these first practices. I look forward to having the varsity come in and learning things from them."

"We are tickled to death about all three of them," Goodner said. "As long as they all keep working, they have a chance to see playing time this year. Well see how they do when they get into practice against the rest of the team."

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