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Texas Tech Football Practices Once at Jones Stadium




August 16, 1998

LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech football team practiced once Sunday on the Jones Stadium turf. On the day, the team attended chapel, had positional meetings and concluded with a 4 p.m. practice. After three days of practices, the team remains healthy team trainers indicated.

The Red Raiders will resume two-a-days on Monday with drills scheduled for 7:55 a.m. and 1:35 p.m.

Texas Tech also received news that running back Ricky Williams (Duncanville, Texas) has been named a candidate for the Doak Walker Award which is given annually to the top running back in the nation. Williams was one of 45 candidates selected from around the nation. Former Doak Walker award winners from Texas Tech include Byron Hanspard and Byron Morris.

An annual event during two-a-days, the entire team attended chapel together this morning. The chapel service, which is arranged by secondary coach Dean Campbell, occurs three times during the fall preparation period. In past years, the service has been held in the Athletic Dining Hall, however, this year the team is visiting three local churches: Indiana Avenue Baptist Church, First Baptist Church and Community Baptist. The event is an effort by the coaching staff to have players interact with members of the community, gain exposure to the different churches and build unity among the players.

"Our team is a big family," flanker David Simmonds (New Braunfels, Texas) said. "Like any family, we do everything together. That includes going to church. We may see each other on and off the field, but when our whole team can come together spiritually it makes us that much closer. We had 100 percent show up this morning. It shows the commitment we all have to each other. "

"It was a good experience," raider linebacker Keith Cockrum (Goldwaithe, Texas) said. "It was a opportunity for everybody to relax and be themselves away from the football field. Jason Jones even got on the drums and played with the church band. The service was a lot of fun and a good change of pace for the team."



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