Football Conducts First Scrimmage of Preseason Camp
Defense, Peters, Hart shine for Red Raiders in first controlled scrimmage.
August 24, 1998
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech junior quarterback Rob Peters (Katy, Texas) hit All-America candidate Donnie Hart (Wolfforth, Texas) with two long touchdown passes to highlight the Red Raiders' first controlled scrimmage of preseason camp.
The Red Raiders have completed eight days of practice as a full squad. Texas Tech opens the 1998 campaign at home in Jones Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 5 against Texas-El Paso at 6:00 p.m. CDT.
"I thought Montae Reagor, Kevin McCullar, John Norman all had good scrimmages," Texas Tech Head Coach Spike Dykes said. "Donnie Hart was probably the best player of the scrimmage with his blocking and his receiving."
Slated to step in as Tech's number-one quarterback, the 6-3, 236-pound Peters connected with Hart for touchdown strikes of 50 and 68 yards on consecutive attempts. For the day, Peters accounted for 197 of the offense's 366 yards passing. He also notched a 31-yard run to set up the day's first touchdown.
Backup quarterback Matt Tittle (Flower Mound, Texas) completed six of 13 attempts, including TD passes of nine yards to redshirt freshman receiver Darrell Jones (Lubbock, Texas) and six yards to redshirt freshman fullback Jason Coffey (Mesquite, Texas). Hart led all receivers with four catches for 138 yards and the two touchdowns.
"I thought Rob Peters was very consistent," Dykes said. "He made some good plays. He just lacks a little experience. I was pleased with Matt Tittle's play. As a group they played pretty good."
Third-team tailback Toby Cantu (Benavides, Texas) drew the majority of the rushing duty, gaining 81 yards on 12 attempts. The sophomore squadman scored the final touchdown of the scrimmage with a three-yard run. Sophomore Ricky Williams (Duncanville, Texas)gained 40 yards on only six carries. Backup tailbacks James Easterling (Crowley, Texas) and Ricky Hunter (Dallas, Texas) accounted for 40 and 28 yards, respectively.
"Overall, we were pleased with the effort," said Texas Tech Offensive Coordinator Rick Dykes. "Rob did a good job. He missed a few things, but I was pleased by his effort. Donnie Hart came out ready to play. It is good to get him back full speed. I think he's going to have a great year for us. The offensive line effort was good. Not tackling, it's kind of difficult to tell the effectiveness on the run. But, I thought we had some nice holes to run through and very few busts."
Senior place-kicker Jaret Greaser (Amarillo, Texas) connected on field goals of 29 and 49 yards and just missed an attempt from 52. Junior Brian Roberson (Richardson, Texas) drew the early lead in the punting battle with three punts for a 46.0 average, including one downed inside the five-yard-line.
"The kicking game needs a lot of work," Head Coach Spike Dykes said. "We messed up an extra point. We had some good punts. Brian Roberson emerged as the top punter. He was very consistent. Jaret Greaser had some good kicks and looked better today."
Tech's defense applied steady pressure throughout most of the scrimmage. Senior cornerback Darwin Brown (Tyler, Texas) had an interception, while sophomore safety John Norman (Midland, Texas) recovered a fumble.
"We have a long way to go," said Tech's Defensive Coordinator John Goodner. "It was good as far as the effort shown by the team. We have two weeks left of practice and we're going to get there. The defensive line is getting better everyday. The young guys did a good job competing. They made some mistakes, but played real tough."
Sophomore defensive end Duane Toliver (Knox City, Texas) logged back-to-back sacks against the first-team offense. Senior All-America candidate Montae Reagor (Waxahachie, Texas), senior linebacker Kevin McCullar (Irving, Texas), junior linebackers Kyle Shipley (Arlington, Texas) and Tim Duffie (Jefferson, Texas), and sophomore linebacker Will Culpepper (Cleburne, Texas) each registered sacks during the scrimmage.
"The defense was very consistent," Dykes said. "I thought they ran to the ball well. We have a lot of our defense in, and they handled all the plays well. We're certainly not polished, but I thought we played hard and made some good plays. The pressure of the defense on the quarterbacks was very good. It was something we thought would be there and it was."
SCORING Darrell Jones 9 pass from Matt Tittle (kick failed), Jason Coffey 6 pass from Tittle (Chris Birkholz kick), Jaret Greaser 49 field goal, Donnie Hart 50 pass from Rob Peters (Greaser kick), Hart 68 pass from Peters (Birkholz kick), Birkholz 40 field goal, Cantu 3 run (Adam Dwight kick)