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October 11, 1998

Texas Tech (6-0, 3-0 in the Big 12 South) takes its undefeated record and No. 22 national ranking to Boulder, Colo. to face the 19th-ranked Colorado Buffaloes (5-1, 2-1 in the Big 12 North) in the first meeting between the two teams as members of the Big 12 Conference. The Red Raiders are ranked 22nd in the Associated Press poll and 23rd in the ESPN/USA Today poll. The ranking is the first for a Texas Tech football team since appearing at the No. 23 slot in the final AP poll of 1995 following the 55-41 win over Air Force in the Weiser Lock Copper Bowl.

Last Week for the Red Raiders

Despite being down by a season-high 10 points in the first quarter, the Red Raiders came-from behind to defeat Oklahoma State 24-17 and become only the third team in Texas Tech history to begin the season with a perfect 6-0 record. The victory was also special for coach Spike Dykes, marking the 75th win in his 12-year tenure at Texas Tech. OSU opened the game with with two scores on offense and a defensive effort that held the Red Raiders to minus-two yards of total offense in the first quarter. The tables turned in the second quarter with starting quarterback Rob Peters connecting on TD passes of 14 and 18-yards to Donnie Hart to give Texas Tech a lead it would never relinquish.

Sophomore Raider Dorian Pitts blocked a punt and returned a fumble 53-yards to help secure the victory for Texas Tech. The Cowboys became the first team this season to outgain the Texas Tech offense, amassing 281-yards to the Red Raiders' 201 in the game.

Spike Dykes

Spike Dykes, the "dean" of Big 12 coaches, enters the Colorado game looking to tie Pete Cawthon as the winningest coach in Texas Tech football history. In his 12th season as the head football coach, Dykes has surpassed Pete Cawthon for the longest tenure at that position at Texas Tech . With a record of 75-57-1, 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 and six -straight years of at least six victories. 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 Colorado 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.

Television plans for the Texas Tech at Colorado contest were listed by the Big 12 Conference as tba at presstime.

Colorado Is...

18th-ranked Colorado enters the Texas Tech game with a 5-1 overall record and 2-1 Big 12 mark following a narrow 13-9 loss to fifth-ranked Kansas State in Boulder last weekend. The Buffs held Kansas State to three field goals and just one touchdown in the game, but suffered a costly penalty with under a minute left that would have given them the ball and a chance to win. Colorado quarterback Mike Moschetti completed 15-of-34 passes in the game for 225 yards and one TD. CU scored all 10 of its points in the last 5:42 of the game.

Texas Tech vs. Colorado: The Series

Texas Tech and Colorado have met only three previous times with the Red Raiders owning a 2-1 series advantage. In the last game between the two teams, Colorado took a 45-27 win in Boulder in 1981 behind a 345-yard passing effort by Randy Essington. Running back Charlie Davis gained 116 yards on the ground for the Buffs, while Texas Tech's Anthony Hutchison gained 130 yards on the ground for the Red Raiders. Colorado gained 564 yards of total offense in the win. Texas Tech won the first two games of the series - 21-12 in 1962 and 24-7 in 1976. Both games were played in Lubbock.

Texas Tech Enters Rankings

With a No. 22 ranking in the Associated Press poll this week, Texas Tech enters the top-25 ranking for the first time since the final AP poll of 1995 when the Red Raiders were ranked 23rd. That ranking followed a 55-41 win over Air Force in the Copper Bowl. Texas Tech has been ranked as high as fifth in its history (three weeks in 1976) and is 5-10 as a ranked team against a ranked opponent all-time. The Red Raiders are currently ranked 23rd in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll.

Texas Tech Has Hart

Senior All-America candidate split end Donnie Hart (Wolfforth, Texas) is Texas Tech's go-to receiver in clutch situations. Averaging 23.3 yards per catch, which is the second-highest per-catch average among the nation's top 30 receivers, Hart has caught 20 of his 24 passes for either a first down or touchdown this season. He has nine third down receptions and seven TD catches on the season. He is averaging a TD for every 3.4 catches.

Williams Joins 1,000-Yard Club

Against OSU, sophomore tailback Ricky Williams (Duncanville, Texas) surpassed the 1,000-yard mark for the season, marking the second-fastest (six games) for a Texas Tech running back to achieve the feat. Williams ended the game with 1,026 yards on the season, which is ninth on the Red Raider single-season charts

Texas Tech's 1,000-Yard Rushers

   Player           Car    Yds   Avg.  Year
 1.Byron Hanspard   339   2084   6.1   1996
 2.Byron Morris     298   1752   5.9   1993
 3.James Gray       263   1509   5.7   1989
 4.Byron Hanspard   248   1374   5.5   1995
 5.James Hadnot     273   1371   5.0   1979
 6.James Hadnot     251   1369   5.5   1978
 7.Byron Morris     242   1279   5.3   1992
 8.Doug  McCutchen  227   1068   4.7   1970
 9.Ricky Williams   194   1026   5.3   1998
10.James Gray       199   1006   5.1   1987

Williams Remains In National Lead It just so happens to be UT's rusher. After a 97-yard performance against OSU, Williams dropped to fourth in the nation in rushing with a 171.0 yards per game average. Currently averaging 5.3 yards per carry, he is also among the nation's scoring leaders averaging just under 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       188  1225   6.5   204.17
2.Devin West, Missouri        140   958   6.8   191.60
3.Mike Cloud, Boston College  141   862   6.1   172.40
4.Ricky Williams, Texas Tech  194  1026   5.3   171.00
5.Travis Droughns, Oregon      87   652   7.5   163.00

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 4.2 4 Larry Isaac Rs-So 1973 87 526 6.0 10 Byron Morris Rs-Fr 1991 98 514 5.2 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

Against OSU, junior quarterback Rob Peters (Katy, Texas) started his first game since the season-opener against UTEP. He played sparingly at Iowa State following a shoulder and thumb injury suffered against the Miners. Peters 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 of the year. Peters was named the starter following the departure of Zebbie Lethridge last spring.

Raiders Post Standout Record

Texas Tech is 6-0 for the first time since 1976 and for only the third time in school history following last weekend's 3124-17 victory over Oklahoma State. 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 6 Gms 7 Gms 8 Gms Final Record 1998 6-0 1976 6-0 7-0 8-0 10-2 1938 6-0 7-0 8-0 10-1 1940 5-0-1 6-0-1 7-0-1 9-1-1 1973 5-1 6-1 7-1 11-1 1972 5-1 6-1 7-1 8-4 1965 5-1 6-1 7-1 8-3 1953 5-1 6-1 7-1 11-1 1946 5-1 5-2 6-2 8-3 1941 5-1 6-1 7-1 9-2 1936 5-1 5-2 5-3 5-4-1 1933 5-1 6-1 7-1 8-1 1932 5-1 6-1 7-1 10-2

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 currently averaging 30.8 points per game. The first five games included 35 points 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 eight TDs in 17 trips inside the red zone through the first six games for a .471 TD percentage. All eight TDs have come in the last four games and five came in the final quarter of the last three games. (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 29.8 percent conversion rate on third-down conversions through the first six games. Opponents have converted just 28-of-94 third down attempts, including just 8-of-23 in the fourth quarter. Texas Tech is converting third downs at a 47.2 percent clip.

Red Raider Ground Defense

Texas Tech's rushing defense is ranked 10th in the nation after the first six 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            Avg.    vs. Tech   Diff.
UTEP           first     121
North Texas     64.0      44     -20.0
Fresno State   153.0       9    -144.0
Iowa State     220.7     107    -113.7
Baylor         163.7      77     -86.7
Oklahoma State 221.0     195     -26.0
Colorado       103.7
Texas A&M      166.7
Missouri       296.4
Texas          234.8
Oklahoma       200.4
Avg. as of Oct. 11

Bring Back the Wishbone

A quick glance at the national rushing leaders would lead one to believe that the Big 12 has returned to the days of the veer or wishbone offenses. Four of the top 12 teams in the nation are from the Big 2, including Texas Tech at No. 9 with an average of 240.2 yards per game. Texas Tech's 315 rushing attempts is the third-most in the nation.

NCAA Rushing Leaders

  Team       Car    Yds   YPG
1.Air Force  339   1856   309.3
2.Missouri   278   1482   296.4
3.Army       271   1388   277.6
4.Navy       275   1354   270.8
5.Rice       303   1339   267.8
9.Texas Tech 315   1441   240.2

Matt (no relation to Y.A.) Tittle

Senior Matt Tittle (Flower Mound, Texas) started four games for the Red Raiders and had impressive success, ranking as high as 19th 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 Named to Lombardi List

Senior Montae Reagor (Waxahachie, Texas) was named to the list of 12 semifinalists for the Rotary Lombardi Award, given to the nation's top college lineman. Reagor is also a candidate for the Bronko Nagurski Award given to the nation's top defensive player by the Football Writers Association of America.

"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.

Reagor One of Nation's Top Sackers

Montae Reagor recorded two sacks against Fresno State to become the school's most prolific quarterback pass rusher. He passed Calvin Riggs (1983-86) to become the career record-holder with 19.5 sacks. Opposing teams have tailored their gameplans to avoid Reagor's pass rush.

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 12 tackles behind the line of scrimmage this season (following the Baylor game), Montae Reagor continues to extend his school record for tackles for loss. He recorded four tackles for loss against Fresno State, passing 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.

Reagor's 12 tackles for loss this season (in first five games) ties for the fourth-most in a single-season at Texas Tech.

Career Tackles for Loss Chart

Tot Player Years 39 Montae Reagor 1995-98 34 Gabriel Rivera 1979-82 29 Zach Thomas 1992-95 27 Michael Johnson 1984-87 *following Baylor 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. Three of Texas Tech's first four games have drawn in excess of 40,000 fans.

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. Hart tied a career-high with two TD catches against OSU and has caught a TD pass in every game this season.

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-  )       1,921
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-  )         17
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       17-1   .944
 2.   Kansas State   15-3   .833
 3.   Texas Tech     13-6   .684
 4.   Texas A&M      12-6   .667
 5.   Colorado       12-7   .632
 6.   Missouri       10-8   .556
 7.   Texas          10-9   .526
 8.   Oklahoma State 8-11   .421
 9.   Oklahoma       5-13   .278
10.   Kansas         5-15   .250
11.   Baylor         3-16   .158
12.   Iowa State     2-17   .105
*Through 10/11/98

Road Warriors

Texas Tech enters the third season of the Big 12 Conference having fashioned an impressive 7-2 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

   Team           1996  1997  1998   Tot
 1.Nebraska        4-0   4-0   0-1   8-1
t2.Texas Tech      3-1   3-1   1-0   7-2
t2.Kansas State    3-1   3-1   1-0   7-2
t4.Colorado        3-1   2-2   1-0   6-3
t4.Texas A&M       3-1   2-2   1-0   6-3
t6.Oklahoma State  0-3   3-1   1-1   4-5
t6.Missouri        1-3   2-2   1-0   4-5
 7.Oklahoma        2-2   1-2   0-0   3-4
 9.Texas           2-1   0-4   0-1   2-5
10.Kansas          2-2   0-4   0-2   2-8
11.Iowa State      0-4   0-4   0-1   0-9
12.Baylor          0-4   0-4   0-2  0-10
*Through 10/11/98

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 9th in the nation in rushing defense and 24th 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. OSU was the first team to have rushing success against the SWARM, compiling 195 yards on 51 attempts.

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

  
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

    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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