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October 4, 1998

Texas Tech (5-0, 2-0) vs. Oklahoma State (2-2, 1-1) Saturday, Oct. 10, 1998 Jones Stadium Lubbock, Texas 6 p.m.

Undefeated Texas Tech Hosts Oklahoma State Texas Tech (5-0, 2-0 in the Big 12 South) enters its sixth game of the season Saturday against Oklahoma State (2-2, 101 in the Big 12 South) with an undefeated record for the first time since 1976 and only the fourth time in school history. Scheduled for a 6 p.m. kickoff and a national cable television audience (Fox Sports Net), the game will mark the first at Jones Stadium against the Cowboys as members of the Big 12 Conference. The Red Raiders enter the game as the third-winningest team in Big 12 games since the league began in 1996. Additionally, coach Spike Dykes will be looking for his 75th career win, interestingly, in the 75th year of the university's existence. A reunion of football players from the 1950's era will take place over the weekend. Raider Alley will feature the popular rock/blues band, Elvis T. Busboy and the Blues Butchers and will begin at 3 p.m. A new feature for Texas Tech football is Tailgate West, located at 18th St. and Indiana Ave., that features live entertainment and free parking. The men's basketball team will sign autographs in Raider Alley from 4-5 p.m. Texas Tech will also be participating in the AFCA child fingerprinting program at the game.

Last Week for the Red Raiders No one can characterize the 1998 Red Raider football team as boring. After leading the Baylor Bears by a 31-16 margin late in the game, the Red Raiders gave-up two late touchdowns and stopped a last-gasp two-point conversion with just 1:10 left on the clock to claim a 31-29 win in Jones Stadium. Junior quarterback Rob Peters entered the game's third series and proceeded to amass career-highs in virtually every offensive category and tallied 334 yards of total offense in the game. Sophomore rusher Ricky Williams surpassed 100-yards for the sixth-straight time, gaining 159 yards on 29 carries with two TDs. For the third-straight year, the Red Raider defense limited Baylor to under 100 yards of rushing offense but gave-up 304 passing yards to the Bears. Donnie Hart caught his fifth TD pass of the season, while Kyle Allamon and Derek Dorris set receiving career-highs in the game. Curtis Lowery, Devin Lemons, Antwan Alexander and Ty Ardoin suffered injuries in the game and are doubtful for the OSU game.

Spike Dykes Spike Dykes entered a record-setting season in 1998 as the "dean" of Big 12 coaches. In his 12th season as the head football at Texas Tech, Dykes has surpassed Pete Cawthon for the longest tenure at that position. With a record of 74-57-1, Dykes signed a contract extension following the 1997 season that ensures that he will remain the coach of the Red Raiders through the year 2000. Recognized as the first-ever Big 12 Coach of the Year in 1996, he has led the Red Raiders to seven-straight seasons of no lower than second-place conference or division finishes. A 1959 graduate of Stephen F. Austin, Dykes has coached 10 All-Americas and 69 all-conference selections and his offensive squads have set over 77 individual or team school records. His philosophy of coaching... "I think you coach because you love kids. If you do that, every day is rewarding."

Radio / Television Coverage The Oklahoma State contest will be broadcast live on Texas Tech's network of radio stations throughout the state of Texas and Eastern New Mexico. Veteran play-by-play announcer Jack Dale returns for his 47th-straight year as the voice of the Red Raiders. John Harris (17th year) will handle the color commentary and Mark Finkner (1st year) will provide sideline reports. The game will also be available on the Internet through Broadast.com. A link to the broadcast is provided on the Texas Tech athletic website at www.texastech.com. In addition, for the first time ever, all Texas Tech football games will be broadcast in Spanish on KXTQ-FM/AM in Lubbock. Longtime Dallas Cowboys announcer Mario Montez will handle the play-by-play duties. The Oklahoma State at Texas Tech contest will feature a live national cable telecast on Fox Sports Net.

Oklahoma State Is... Oklahoma State enters the game with a 2-2 overall record and a 1-1 mark in the Big 12 following its narrow 24-17 loss to second-ranked Nebraska in Kansas City last weekend. The Cowboys defeated Kansas (38-28) and Mississppi State (42-23) and lost to longtime rival Tulsa (35-20) and the Huskers. OSU is 18th in the nation in rushing defense and 20th overall, limiting opponents to just 97.5 yards on the ground and 299.5 overall. The Cowboy defense is also limiting opponents to 29.3 points per game. Offensively, OSU is 21st in the nation in rushing, averaging 221.0 yards per game. They are led by Nathan Simmons' 88.3 yards per game. Quarterback Tony Lindsay is the team leader in total offense, averaging 167.0 yards per game. Last weekend, Nebraska's Joe Walker returned a punt 73 yards with 7:29 left in the game to break a 17-17 tie and give the Huskers a 24-17 win over OSU in Kansas City. Down 17-3 late in the third quarter, the Cowboys scored two TDs in six minutes to tie the game at 17-apiece. OSU held Nebraska to just 73 yards rushing in the game and 112 yards passing (215 total), while rolling to 175 yards on the ground and 180 in the air (355 total).

Texas Tech vs. OSU: The Series Texas Tech and Oklahoma State have played 25 times in history with the Red Raiders owning a 14-8-3 series advantage. Texas Tech leads the series 6-2-2 in Lubbock and has won the last three contests between the two teams. The cumulative score of the last three games favors the Red Raiders by a 89-21 margin. Texas Tech has won the last two games by a 58-6 margin. Interestingly, the 1998 contest marks the first meeting in Lubbock as members of the Big 12 Conference and the first in Jones Stadium since 1974. Last season, Texas Tech knocked-off the 24th-ranked Cowboys 27-3 on a cold, dry afternoon in Stillwater. The two teams were almost idential in offensive output with Texas Tech compiling 295 yards to OSU's 289 yards of total offense. The difference in the game was the Cowboy's three turnovers to none for Texas Tech. With OSU cutting the Red Raider lead to 13-3, Jonathan Hawkins took the ensuing kickoff 73 yards to setup a 20-yard TD run by Adrian Ervin. Moments later, Ty Ardoin intercepted a Tony Lindsay pass and raced 50 yards for the final score of the game.

Williams Remains In National Lead It just so happens to be UT's rusher. However, Texas Tech tailback Ricky Williams (Duncanville, Texas) remains second in the nation in rushing with a 185.5 yards per game average. Currently averaging 5.5 yards per carry, he is also among the nation's scoring leaders averaging two TDs per game. He rushed for the fifth-highest regular-season total ever for a Red Raider with 251 yards against Texas-El Paso in the season opener. His total yardage in that game was the highest in the nation for that week and his 42 carries vs. Fresno State was a career-high. Last season Williams set a Red Raider freshman rushing record with 894 yards on 201 carries. Williams should not be confused with talented University of Texas senior running back Ricky Williams. Both Rickys will be harder to recognize than in 1997 after changing jersey numbers. Texas Tech's Ricky now wears No. 2 (prep jersey #) after wearing No. 35 last season. UT's Ricky switched from No. 11 to No. 34 this season.

NCAA Rushing Leaders
		Player	Car	Yds	Avg.	YPG
1.	Ricky Williams, Texas	157	1086	6.9	217.20
	2.	Ricky Williams, Texas Tech	169	929	5.5	185.50
3.	Devin West, Missouri	100	706	7.1	176.50
	4.	Mike Cloud, Boston College	109	676	6.2	169.00
5.	Travis Prentice, Miami (Ohio)	143	637	4.5	159.25

Single Game Rushing Performances Yds Player Opp Year 287 Byron Hanspard Baylor 1996 272 Hanspard Okla. St. 1996 268 James Hadnot N. Mexico 1978 257 Hanspard USL 1996 251 Ricky Williams UTEP 1998 244 Ricky Williamns Fresno St. 1998 *regular-season only

Williams vs First-Year Notables Player Class Year No. Yds. Avg. TD Doug McCutchen Rs-So 1970 227 1068 4.7 3 Ricky Williams Tr-Fr 1997 201 894 4.4 3 Byron Hanspard Tr-Fr 1994 173 761 4.4 5 James Gray Rs-Fr 1986 108 613 5.7 4 Donny Anderson Rs-So 1963 146 609 4 Larry Isaac Rs-So 1973 87 526 6.0 10 Byron Morris Rs-Fr 1991 98 514 5 Billy Taylor Rs-So 1974 41 185 4.5 Anthony Lynn Rs-Fr 1988 11 61 5.5 2 James Hadnot Rs-So 1976 1 6 6.0 0 played on freshman team - Picadores; played tight end as a redshirt freshman

He's Baaacckk Junior quarterback Rob Peters (Katy, Texas) entered the Baylor game in the third series and proceeded to set career-highs in virtually every offensive category. He rushed for 106 yards and passed for 226 in his first significant action since injuring his shoulder and right thumb in the season-opener against Texas-El Paso. Peters was named the starter following the departure of Zebbie Lethridge last spring.

Raiders Post Standout Record Texas Tech is 5-0 for the first time since 1976 and for only the fourth time in school history following last weekend's 31-29 victory over Baylor. In 1976, the Raiders began the season with an 8-1 mark and ended with a 10-2 record and Southwest Conference co-championship

Best Starts in School History
Year	5 Gms	6 Gms	7 Gms	Final Record
1998	5-0
1976	5-0	6-0	7-0	10-2
1941	5-0	5-1	6-1	9-2
1938	5-0	6-0	7-0	10-1
1940	4-0-1	5-0-1	6-0-1	9-1-1
1973	4-1	5-1	6-1	11-1
1972	4-1	5-1	6-1	8-4
1970	4-1	4-2	5-2	8-4
1965	4-1	5-1	6-1	8-3
1953	4-1	5-1	6-1	11-1
1946	4-1	5-1	5-2	8-3
1936	4-1	5-1	5-2	5-4-1
1933	4-1	5-1	6-1	8-1
1932	4-1	5-1	6-1	10-2
1927	4-1	4-2	5-2	5-4

The Magic Number is 30 Texas Tech scored 30 points or more in its first five games for the first time in school history. The Red Raiders are averaging 32.2 points per game, which includes 35 vs. UTEP, 30 vs. North Texas, 34 vs. Fresno State, 31 vs. Iowa State and 31 vs. Baylor.

Red Zone Defense Texas Tech's SWARM defense has allowed just six TDs in eight trips inside the red zone through the first five games for a .429 TD percentage. All six TDs have come in the last thre games and four came in the final four quarter against Iowa State and Baylor. (See page 7 of this release for complete breakdown of red-zone stats)

Third-Down Defensive Stoppers Texas Tech's SWARM defense has held opponents to just 29 percent conversion rate on third-down conversions through the first five games. Opponents have converted just 23-of-78 third down attempts, including just 7-of-19 in the fourth quarter. Texas Tech is converting third downs at a 52 percent clip.

Red Raider Ground Defense Texas Tech's rushing defense is ranked 4th in the nation after the first five games of the season. The SWARM defense limited Fresno State to just nine yards on the ground, the fewest since holding Kansas State to minus-12 yards in 1996. Last season, Texas Tech limited its conference opponents to an average of almost 80 fewer yards per game on the ground than their final averages.

1998 Rushing Defense
Opp	Current Avg.	vs. Tech	Diff.
UTEP	182.8	121	-61.8
North Texas	81.5	44	-37.5
Fresno State	122.8	9	-113.8
Iowa State	161.0	107	-54.0
Baylor	142.0	77	-65.0
Oklahoma State	221.0
Colorado	117.0
Texas A&M	148.2
Missouri	298.0
Texas	250.8
Oklahoma	228.8
Avg. as of Oct. 4

Third-Down Defensive Stoppers Texas Tech's SWARM defense has held opponents to just 29 percent conversion rate on third-down conversions through the first five games. Opponents have converted just 23-of-78 third down attempts, including just 7-of-19 in the fourth quarter. Texas Tech is converting third downs at a 52 percent clip.

Bring Back the Wishbone A quick glance at the national rushing leaders would lead one to believe that Texas Tech has gone back to the days of the veer or wishbone offense. The Red Raiders are fifth in the nation in rush offense, averaging 262.0 yards per game. Texas Tech's 269 rushes is the third-most in the nation.

NCAA Rushing Leaders Team Car Yds YPG 1. Air Force 283 1514 302.8 2. Navy 228 1209 302.3 3. Missouri 218 1192 298.0 4. Army 217 1064 266.0 2. Texas Tech 269 1310 262.0

Multi-Tasking Is Key To Success Texas Tech is one of only three teams in the nation (Ohio State and Texas are the others) to have a player ranked among the top-30 in the NCAA statistical leaders in rushing, passing, all-purpose yards, scoring and receiving. (See page 7 of this release for NCAA statistical leaders)

Matt (no relation to Y.A.) Tittle Senior Matt Tittle (Flower Mound, Texas) started the last four games for the Red Raiders and had impressive success, ranking 21st in the nation in pass efficiency. He started his first career game against North Texas and set a career-high with 257 yards in the air. Tittle saw the first significant action since his high school days in the Texas-El Paso game following starter Rob Peters' departure due to a shoulder injury. Tittle had only attempted one pass as a Red Raider but finished the UTEP game completing 10-of-18 attempts for 172 yards and one TD. He connected on passes of 60-yards and 45-yards (for a TD) to Donnie Hart in the game.

Reagor One of Nation's Top Sackers Senior Montae Reagor (Waxahachie, Texas) recorded two sacks against Fresno State to become the school's most prolific quarterback pass rusher. A Rotary Lombardi Award candidate, he passed Calvin Riggs (1983-86) to become the career record-holder with 19.5 sacks. "He would get any vote that I've got for any team - all-Big12 or all-American. I'm definitely going to list him on my Lombardi and Outland Trophy ballots." - said Iowa State coach Dan McCarney.

Career Sacks Chart
	Tot	Player	Years
	19.5	Montae Reagor	1995-98
	18.5	Calvin Riggs	1983-86
	17	Shawn Jackson	1991-93
	17	James Mosley	1985-88
	*regular-season only

Reagor Tops Tackle For Loss Charts With two tackles behind the line of crimmage against Iowa State, Montae Reagor extended his school record for tackles for loss. He recorded four tackles for loss against Fresno State, Reagor passed All-America Gabriel Rivera as the school leader in that category. Against North Texas, Reagor recorded three tackles behind the line of scrimmage to surpass Zach Thomas on the career list with 31.

Career Tackles for Loss Chart
	Tot	Player	Years
	37	Montae Reagor	1995-98
	34	Gabriel Rivera	1979-82
	29	Zach Thomas	1992-95
	27	Michael Johnson	1984-87
	*following Iowa State game

Record-Setting Crowds Texas Tech fans attended the first two games of the season in record numbers. With crowds of 41,087 against UTEP and 40,035 against Fresno State, this season marked the first time since 1981 Texas Tech drew crowds in excess of 40,000 for the first two home games at Jones Stadium.

Reagor Lauded by AFCA Reagor was named to the AFCA's Good Works Team, which honors those who show exceptional dedication to community service and the betterment of the communities in which they live. He is Texas Tech's second-straight honoree. Dane Johnson received the award in 1997.

AFCA Good Works Team
Player	Pos	School	Hometown
Steve Batten	LB	Kansas	Arvada, Colo.
Nate Brooks	DB	Miami (Fla.)	Miami, Fla.
Jimmy Carter	P	Kentucky	Dunwoody, Ga.
Jeff Hall	L	Tennessee	Winchester, Tenn.
Cecil Martin	FB	Wisconsin	Evanston, Ill.
Dat Nguyen	LB	Texas A&M	Rockport, Texas
Montae Reagor	DE	Texas Tech	Waxahachie, Texas
Matt Stinchcomb	OL	Georgia	Lilburn, Ga.
Kevin Ward	LB	Cincinnati	Chantilly, Va.
Charles Wiley	RB	Georgia Tech	Miami, Fla.
Ricky Williams	RB	Texas	San Diego, Calif.

Hart Candidate for Biletnikoff Award Senior receiver Donnie Hart (Wolfforth, Texas) has been named to the preseason "watch list" for the Biletnikoff Award for the nation's top receiver. He moved into fourth on the Texas Tech list for career receiving yards against North Texas. Against Baylor, he passed Rodney Blackshear and Wayne Walker for career receiving TDs with 15. He passed Donny Anderson against Fresno State after getting the tying TD on the first play from scrimmage against North Texas.

Career Receiving Yards
	1.	Lloyd Hill (1990-93)	3,059
	2.	Wayne Walker (1985-88)	2,007
	3.	Rodney Blackshear (1987-91)	1,980
	4.	Donnie Hart (1995-  )	1,868
	5.	Sammy Williams (1974-77)	1,490
	6.	Donny Anderson (1963-65)	1,392

Career Receiving TDs 1. Lloyd Hill (1990-93) 20 2. Donnie Hart (1995- ) 15 t3. Rodney Blackshear (1987-91) 14 t3. Wayne Walker (1985-88) 14 5. Donny Anderson (1963-65) 12

National Turnover Margin Leader According to research conducted by Pete Tredwell of ESPN, Texas Tech entered 1998 as the top team in the nation in turnover margin over the last five seasons. The Red Raiders have a plus-52 margin in turnovers, including a plus-12 last season. Penn State is second with a plus-40 margin. In 1997, the Red Raiders finished 11th in the nation in turnover margin with plus-1.00 per game.

1993-97 Turnover Margin 1. Texas Tech +52 2. Ohio State +40 3. Penn State +37 4. Colorado State +36 5. Clemson +35 *prior to the 1998 season

Red Raiders Third-Best in Big 12 Since the formation of the Big 12 Conference prior to the 1996 season, Texas Tech is tied with Colorado and A&M for the third-best conference record of any team in the league. Tech is one of only three teams to post at least five conference wins in each of its first two seasons in the Big 12.

Big 12 Wins Leaders
	Rank	Team	Record	Pct.
	1.	Nebraska	17-0	1.000
	2.	Kansas State	14-3	.824
	t3.	Texas Tech	12-6	.667
	t3.	Colorado	12-6	.667
	5.	Texas A&M	11-6	.647
	6.	Missouri	9-8	.529
	t7.	Oklahoma State	8-10	.444
	t7.	Texas	9-9	.500
	9.	Oklahoma	5-12	.294
	10.	Kansas	5-14	.263
	t11.	Iowa State	2-16	.111
	t11.	Baylor	2-16	.111
*Through 10/4/98

Road Warriors Texas Tech enters the third season of the Big 12 Conference having fashioned an impressive 6-2 conference road record since the league began in 1996. The only two teams the Red Raiders have not beaten on the road are nationally-ranked Nebraska and Kansas State over the first three seasons of the Big 12.

Big 12 Road Records Rank Team 1996 1997 1998 Tot 1. Nebraska 4-0 4-0 0-0 8-0 2. Texas Tech 3-1 3-1 1-0 7-2 3. Kansas State 3-1 3-1 0-0 6-2 t4. Colorado 3-1 2-2 1-0 6-3 t4. Texas A&M 3-1 2-2 1-0 6-3 6. Oklahoma State 0-3 3-1 1-0 4-4 7. Oklahoma 2-2 1-2 0-0 3-4 8. Missouri 1-3 2-2 0-0 3-5 9. Texas 2-1 0-4 0-1 2-5 10. Kansas 2-2 0-4 0-1 2-7 11. Iowa State 0-4 0-4 0-1 0-9 12. Baylor 0-4 0-4 0-2 0-10 *Through 10/4/98

SWARM Enjoys Banner Start Texas Tech's SWARM defense is living up to its preseason billing with five strong performances to begin the season. Ranked fourth in the nation in rushing defense and 22nd overall, the Red Raiders limited Fresno State to just six yards rushing in the game, held ISU's Darren Davis (who entered the game ranked sixth in the nation) to just 86 yards on 29 carries and Baylor under 100 yards rushing for the third-straight season. Texas Tech allowed just three points in the first two games against UTEP and North Texas and held its first four opponents to just one rushing TD this season. Texas Tech also limited North Texas to just 125 yards of total offense, which was the lowest total allowed since holding TCU to 177 yards in a 49-17 win in 1977.

Interesting Defensive Note The last time a running back from an unranked team rushed for over 100 yards against Texas Tech was when Shon Mitchell (15-for-150) and Ricky Williams (21-for-143) accomplished the feat for Texas in 1996 in Lubbock.

It's All Academic The Red Raiders have several players worthy of consideration for Academic All-America honors this season. Junior quarterback Rob Peters (Katy, Texas) enters the season with a cumulative grade point average of over a 3.9 in his accounting major. Junior raider Keith Cockrum (Goldthwaite, Texas) has a perfect 4.0 g.p.a in his finance major. Junior raider Reagan Bownds (Eldorado, Texas) has over a 3.6 g.p.a. in his agribusiness major. Eight Red Raiders earned a perfect 4.0 in at least one semester during 1997-98. Texas Tech was second in the Big 12 in academic all-Big 12 selections in 1997 with 15.

The Nation's Heaviest Texas Tech owns the largest starting offensive line in the nation, averaging 322.8 across the front line. The starting lineup for the five offensive line positions totals 1,614-pounds. The heavest player on the line is sophomore tackle Jonathan Gray (Lubbock, Texas). Nicknamed "The House," Gray was the Big 12's largest player in 1997. With the addition of backup Kyle Sanders at center (who started for Robert Haddon against Fresno State), the average increased to 324.2.

Nation's Heaviest O-Lines
	Rank	Team	Avg.	Heaviest
	1.	Texas Tech	322.8	357
	2.	Baylor	315.6	344
	3.	Wisconsin	315.4	368
	4.	Boise State	312.8	325
	5.	California	312.0	340
	6.	Wake Forest	311.0	328
	7.	Mississippi State	310.4	328
Starters Only;  As of 9/23/98

Red Raider 300 Pounders *Jonathan Gray OT 6-5 357 Nick Lee OT 6-7 309 *Curtis Lowery OG 6-4 320 Dan Martin OG 6-4 318 *Steve McFadden OT 6-4 328 Matt Heider OG 6-5 306 Shane Roberts OG 6-4 302 Lance Williams OG 6-2 316 Kyle Sanders C 6-2 305 *Erik Carruth OG 6-4 311 Justin Collingsworth OT 6-6 316 Jason Jones DT 6-2 337 * indicates offensive line starter

Youth Brigade This season's Red Raider football team has only 17 seniors on the 105-man roster this season. The class breakdown for the current roster is: 39 freshmen (21 redshirt, 18 true), 30 sophomores, 19 juniors and 17 seniors. With only 15 seniors on the squad last season, Texas Tech had one of the youngest teams in the Big 12 Conference. The 17-member senior class this season includes Darwin Brown, who lost a medical redshirt application to the NCAA and Kevin McCullar, who lost his freshman year as a partial qualifier. Among the accomplishments of the Red Raiders seniors are: three-straight bowl appearances; never finishing lower than second in the conference or division; and advancing to the first Cotton Bowl since 1939. They have also defeated Texas A&M three-straight seasons and swept the in-state league rivals (Baylor, Texas, Texas A&M) in 1997.

Class Breakdown Freshmen 39 Redshirt 21 True 18 Sophomores 30 Juniors 19 Seniors 17 *105-man preseason roster

Tech Among Tops in Big 12 History One overlooked aspect of Texas Tech's football program is its long history of success. Despite being the youngest school in the Big 12 (74th year of football this season), Texas Tech has been to 22 bowl games, which is among the top 20 in the nation, and has the fourth-best average wins per season in the league. Entering 1997, Texas leads the list at 6.8 wins per season, while Nebraska and Oklahoma are second and third, respectively with a 6.7 and 6.6 average. Texas Tech is tied with Texas A&M for fourth with 5.7, while Colorado rounds out the top half of the league with an average of 5.6 and 5.5 wins per season, respectively. Five teams in the South Division of the Big 12 are among the top seven schools in wins per season in their histories.

All-Time Wins Per Season
	Rank	School	Yrs	Wins	Avg
	1.	Texas	105	717	6.83
	2.	Nebraska	107	722	6.75
	3.	Oklahoma	103	683	6.63
	t4.	Texas Tech	73	413	5.66
	t4.	Texas A&M	103	583	5.66
	6.	Colorado	108	593	5.49
	7.	Baylor	96	492	5.13
	8.	Missouri	107	527	4.93
	9.	Kansas	108	502	4.65
	10.	Oklahoma St.	96	423	4.41
	11.	Iowa State	105	433	4.12
	12.	Kansas State	102	366	3.59

Red Raiders Making the Grade Last academic year Texas Tech athletes posted record-setting efforts in the classroom in both the fall and spring semesters. The overall grade-point average for Red Raiders student-athletes for the spring semester was a 2.801, which went up from the 2.784 during the fall semester. Both marks were the best since at least 1990. Over 87 percent of Texas Tech student-athletes during the spring '98 semester earned a 2.00 g.p.a. or above. Over 85 percent of the football players recorded a 2.00 g.p.a. or better. The average g.p.a. for the football team was a 2.62 during the spring and 30 players earned either president's or dean's list honors for either semester.

Notes of Interest Junior Reagan Bownds (Eldorado, Texas) was named to Successful Farming Magazine's All-America Farm Team. He was one of five Big 12 players on the team, which recognizes outstanding college football players who hail from farming backgrounds. Bownds was a world-champion goat roaper in 1996. He recorded his first two career interceptions this season and made his first career start against Fresno State. Backup receiver King Scovell (Dallas, Texas) is the brother of former Red Raider receiver Field Scovell and the son of former Texas Tech quarterback John Scovell. He is also the grandson of Field Scovell, "Mr. Cotton Bowl." Despite the proximity to the state, Matt Heider (Roswell, N.M.) is the only Red Raider to hail from New Mexico. Freshman Zeno McCoy (Plainview, Texas) spent the last three years as an E-4 communications specialist in the U.S. Army. He signed with Texas A&M originally before joining the Army in 1995. Senior offensive guard Erik Carruth (Rockport, Texas) spent the summer repossessing furniture for a local company. Senior defensive tackle Cody Patton(Electra, Texas) lost 23 pounds since last season. He has suffered from various leg and ankle ailments during his career and the shedded weight should help alleviate some of those problems. His primary method of losing the weight was a daily four-mile run during the summer. Senior punter Jeremy Hernandez (Midland, Texas) missed a day of practice during two-a-day drills to gake the MCAT exam as part of his application to medical school. He was excused by coach Dykes for missing practice. Redshirt freshman receiver David Simmonds (New Braunfels, Texas) suffered a spinal cord contusion during two-a-day drills and spent two days in the hospital. He will miss at least six weeks and his long-term status remains unclear. Simmonds was in a scrimmage drill near the end of practice when he made limited contact with a defensive player and went to the ground. He had no feeling in his lower body for several hours. Junior offensive guard Curtis Lowery (Stephenville, Texas) is finally receiving a chance to enter a season at 100 percent. A highly-sought recruit, Lowery suffered severe burns in a cooking grease fire in 1996 and missed all that season. He returned to the field in 1997 and earned a starting spot last spring at left guard. While Jonathan Gray is known as "The House," sophomore left tackle Steve McFadden (Houston, Texas) is known as "The Shack." Other interesting nicknames on the team include T-Ruck (Taurus Rucker, Denison, Texas), Mad Dog (Robert Wyatt, Duncanville, Texas) and Lemon Drop (Devin Lemons, Pampa, Texas). Perhaps the most interesting given name is Zeno McCoy (Plainview, Texas). The most interesting unit nickname is the moniker for the Red Raider defense: "SWARM." Stoney Garland (Plains, Texas) will serve as an honorary team captain this season. He suffered critical neck and back injuries last November in an automobile accident and is paralyzed from the chest down. Team captains for the 1998 season are Rob Peters (Katy, Texas) and Donnie Hart (Wollforth, Texas) from the offense and Montae Reagor (Waxahachie, Texas), Taurus Rucker (Denison, Texas) and Kyle Shipley (Arlington, Texas) from the defense. Among the walk-ons on this year's squad are no less than 11 players that were listed on the preseason depth chart... A few names from the former walk-on listings (bold indicates has started at least one game during career): Reagan Bownds, Toby Cantu, Keith Cockrum, Will Culpepper, John DePasquale, Kenny Kacal, David Nichol, Justin Reed, King Scovell, Rudy Renda, Kyle Sanders, Reggie Savage, Oscar Solis and Tim Winn.




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