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Texas Tech Football Has First Day of Full Team Practice




August 15, 1998

LUBBOCK, Texas - The entire Texas Tech football team practiced for the first time this season on Saturday. The Red Raiders worked out twice at 7:15 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. on the Jones Stadium turf. In the afternoon practice, the team battled extreme heat that was measured 116 degrees at mid-field at the beginning of practice.

Both practices consisted of positional and team practices on both offense and defense. The day concluded with team conditioning. The Red Raiders met again at 5:30 p.m. for position meetings.

The only player missing from practice was Jeremy Hernandez (Midland, Texas) who was excused to take the MCAT test toward his application to medical school. Hernandez, who holds a 3.62 GPA, is studying Biochemistry and was named to the academic all-Big 12 first-team as a punter.

Tomorrow afternoon the team will have position meetings and then take to the field for a 4:00 p.m. practice.

On the day, it was a time for both offensive coordinator Rick Dykes and defensive coordinator John Goodner to evaluate the players and begin implementing their schemes.

"This year is a little bit different for us in comparison to last year," Dykes said. "We have quite a few more experienced older players which allows us to move faster and install more of the offense in the first couple of practices. Almost everybody on the first team offense stayed in town and worked out this summer so they are in great shape. They really worked hard and had a great first day."

"It was a good workout today," Goodner said. "It was hot, but the kids practiced hard. We are getting back into the routine of practice and beginning to install the defense. By Monday afternoon, we should have 80 percent of it in place. The first three days will be learning days and getting used to being back on the field. The defense came back in the best shape of any team weve ever had here. The leadership displayed by Montae Reagor, Taurus Rucker and Kyle Shipley has been very influential."



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