Texas Tech Football To Scrimmage Saturday|
August 21, 1998
LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech football team continued two-a-day workouts with practices at 7:55 a.m. and 1:35 p.m. today. The day marked the final drills before the first informal scrimmage on Saturday at 10 a.m. at Jones Stadium. Both practices had minimal contact as the team worked on special teams including punts and kick returns and position drills.
In other team news, junior college transfer Michael Wilborn (Olton, Texas) will join the team Saturday after completing summer school at Navarro College. He will begin the fall two-a-day drills as a backup at the fullback position. He was one of the top rushers in the South Plains, rushing for over 1,900 yards at Olton High School. He played linebacker at Navarro College. Texas Tech is still waiting for Wilborn's junior college classmates Shaun Carr and Anthony Johnson to fulfill NCAA transfer requirements.
Making a debut in the morning practice was the new 21 feet high Diamond Vision video screen. The screen, which stands in the north endzone of Jones Stadium and cost over $2 million to erect, showed replays of last seasons highlights in it's trial run. A new improved sound system will also be in place prior to the Sept. 5 season opener against University of Texas El-Paso
Saturday's scrimmage will offer a first look at this year's Red Raider team in action. Those to watch include starting quarterback Rob Peters who takes over as first-string quarterback, all-Big 12 receiver Donnie Hart who is returning from injury last season and a defensive unit which boasts excellent team speed and has done a good job shutting down the run in drills.
"The scrimmage will not go long and will be moderate in the level of contact," head coach Spike Dykes said. "Every player will get 48 plays. It will be modified with a little bit with quick whistles and not much tackling. We feel it is a culmination of a good week. Weve had ten straight practices. Both the morning and aftenoon sessions have gone well so were expecting a good scrimmage. This will be about the last time we go against each other before we start getting ready for UTEP.
"It will be an opportunity for some players to make the traveling squad and for others to earn a spot on special teams. The scrimmage is important to everybody."
"I think we'll know a lot more about this team after tomorrow. I think our conditioning is good, but we'll have to find out tomorrow. We really haven't had many sustained drives or much situational football, so it will be interesting."