Texas Tech Football Has Full Day of Activities

Highlights include first day with full pads and media day

August 19, 1998

LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech football team had a full day of activities including the first day of practices with full pads and media day. The team practiced twice today in the morning at 7:55 a.m. on the Jones Stadium turf and in the afternoon at 3:35 p.m. on the grass practice field. The team will drill twice on Thursday at 7:55 a.m. and 1:35 p.m.

Highlighting the day was physical play during the one-on-one offensive line/ defensive line drills. During the drill, All-American candidate Monte Reagor (Waxahachie, Texas) looked impressive getting past various members of the offensive line several times. The days practice concluded with skeleton drills against the first team offensive and defensive units. Highlights included Rob Peters (Katy, Texas) connecting with flanker Derrick Dorris (Azle, Texas) on two long passes. The defense looked in top form turning in a solid effort throughout practice.

Head coach Spike Dykes was satisfied by the spirited practice. "The team practiced very hard today; I am very happy with their intensity level." Dykes said. "The chemistry of the team and work ethic of the team is very good. The whole team gets along great which makes it a lot of fun to be out here."

The football team was also active at the annual media day held at the Athletic Dining Hall. Many of the players engaged in interviews with members of the print and electronic media from throughout the state of Texas. Also, Spike Dykes spoke at length about the players and his outlook on the 1998 season.

"Our guys have been pretty good and they've done a good job of staying focused," Dykes said. "They understand what you've got to do. In football if you're going to get better, you've got to be lucky. You've got to get better and you've got to make those plays to have a chance to win some games. We were close last year a lot of times against some good teams. We did the job sometimes and we didn't do it other times. We've got to get consistent. This team is a lot of fun. There's no primadonas, there's no hot shots. I don't know if it's an heir of cockiness, but they have an heir of assurance. They feel good about themselves. Theyre confident, but I don't think they're over confident. The best thing is that they have a realistic approach to this schedule and this season. When you start every season, there's always great anticipation. The cloud is gone over our heads. They're finally going to get a chance to just play football, and I think they're happy to just focus on that."


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