Varsity Players Report to Texas Tech|
August 13, 1998
LUBBOCK, Texas - Eighty-five Texas Tech varsity football players reported to campus today. After being issued equipment this afternoon, the varsity players are scheduled to join the newcomers for a full team meeting this evening with the coaching staff. The players will have a day of team meetings tomorrow including an informational discussion with FBI agents about sports gambling. The first full team practices for the Red Raiders will be on Saturday at 7:55 a.m. and 1:35 p.m.
While it was a return to campus for some players, many stayed in Lubbock over the summer and attended classes and participated in summer workouts led by strength and conditioning coach Kelvin Clark.
"Since I arrived here in the summer of 1995, this summer has seen the best attendance for workouts," Clark said. "We had a majority of the varsity players in town regularly working out this summer."
Top attendees for the workouts included All-American candidate defensive end Montae Reagor, running back Ricky Williams, defensive back Darwin Brown and defensive lineman Kris Kocurek. Reagor recorded lifts of 430 pounds on the bench press and squatted 630. Despite being only 5-7, 180, Williams bench pressed 330 and squatted a position best 590.
With the opportunity to advance to a bowl this season, many veterans are excited about the potential of this years team.
"It feels very good to know that this year we hold our own destiny," linebacker Kevin McCuller said. "I think everybodys mind is clear of the past and we will be able to stay focused and keep our intensity on winning the Big 12 South and advancing to a bowl. We are going to have a pretty solid defense. Even though some of the guys havent had much game experience, theyve been out there at practice and know the system. Once they get some reps, we should be fine."
"Its great to see everyone back," quarterback Rob Peters said. "Talking with the guys, you really get a feeling that everyone is excited about what the season may hold. Im looking forward to getting started on Saturday."