Red Raiders Complete Second Day of Practice in Shreveport

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December 28, 1998

SHREVEPORT, La. - The Texas Tech football team conducted its second practice in preparation for the Sanford Independence Bowl at Caddo Parrish Stadium in Shreveport, La. The team practiced for two-and-a half hours with 60-degree temperatures and partly cloudy skies.

"It was a good day of practice," Texas Tech head coach Spike Dykes said. "We're working the kinks out of our time off and we're preparing for the game. The field conditions were much better than they were yesterday. Our players are doing a good job of combining business with all the other great bowl activities."

Texas Tech practiced through skeleton drills and one-on-one offense vs. defense drills.

Earlier in the day, eight Texas Tech senior football players visited two Shreveport area hospitals to visit with children, sign authographs and brighten up their spirits. The players visited both Shriners Childrens Hospital and the LSU-Shreveport Medical Center and also handed out markers and pens furnished by Sanford. The eight senior Red Raider players included linebacker Ty Ardoin, center Robert Haddon, wide receiver Donnie Hart, defensive end Montae Reagor, linebacker Kevin McCullar, quaraterback Matt Tittle, cornerback Darwin Brown and offensive lineman Erik Carruth.

The visits were beneficial to both the children and Texas Tech's football players.

"It makes you forget about football for awhile," Carruth said. "It's great for the kids to see us as football players but it's also a great day for us to see the kids. It really puts life into perspective. I hope we brightened a few of their days up."

Tonight the Texas Tech football team will continue its nightly "fun" with a players only meal at Bricktown, one of Shreveport-Bossier City's premier nightspots. The evening will include both dinner and dancing. Last night Texas Tech and Ole Miss players were treated to a pizza party at the Shreveport Civic Center. The teams provided entertainment for the crowd which included skits and other performances. The Red Raiders seniors were also presented with a Sanford Independence Bowl watch.

Tomorrow's practice will begin at 2:30 p.m. at the Caddo Parrish Stadium.

Tickets to the 1998 Sanford Independence Bowl are still available by calling Texas Tech ticket representatives in Shreveport at (318) 797-9900 (Ext. 105). Tickets are $35, $30 and $25.



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