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August 25, 1998

LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech football team. received a break today from head coach Spike Dykes and went swimming. After the afternoon practice, the Red Raiders headed to the indoor pool in the mens gym and took part in swimming and jumping off the diving board. An annual two-a-day tradition, the swim provided players an opportunity to relax and interact with each other away from the playing field and build team unity.

"The team has worked hard throughout two-a-days and they deserved to have a little fun.," said Dykes. "We go swimming every year at some point during this time of year. The players really seem to enjoy it. We haven't had the heat this August that we have some years, but it still gets a little warm for some of those 300-pounders."

On the field, the team worked on offensive and defensive drills throughout both practices. The Red Raiders concluded with a drill that featured the first-team offense facing the first-team defense before. The day ended with position meetings.

The team will scrimmage tomorrow morning at 7:30 a.m. at Jones Stadium. The team will have also have a situational scrimmage on Saturday at 7:45 a.m. at Jones Stadium.. Texas Tech football opens the 1998 season on Sept. 5 at home against University of Texas El-Paso at 6 p.m.

"We will have an informal scrimmage Wednesday morning. Thursday we will start really preparing for Texas-El Paso. That first game will really be here before you know it and we will have to be ready. I think our players are focused on getting the season underway."

In other team news, linebacker Ty Ardoin (Beaumont, Texas) rejoined the team for todays practices. Ardoin, who had been out since Thursday, was excused for a family matter. Also, linebacker Michael Wilborn, 6-0 230, (Olton, Texas) practiced with the team for the first time on Tuesday. Wilborn, who transferred from Navarro Community College, will be eligible to play immediately for the Red Raiders.

Redshirt freshman David Simmonds (New Braunfels, Texas) remains in serious but stable condition at Methodist Hospital in Lubbock followingMonday's back injury suffered in late in the afternoon practice. Simmons collided with a defensive player in a drill near the end of practice and suffered a spinal cord contusion. He spent Monday night in intensive care and was moved to a private room today. He continues to make progress toward recovery, according to team doctor Rob King.




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