Red Raiders Complete Third Day of Practice in Shreveport

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December 29, 1998

SHREVEPORT, La. - The Texas Tech football team conducted it third practice since arriving in Shreveport in preparation for Thursday's Sanford Independence Bowl game against Ole Miss. Game time is 7:30 p.m. CT in Shreveport's Independence Stadium. ESPN will broadcast the game live.

Texas Tech (7-4) practiced for two hours under sunny skies at Caddo Parrish Stadium for the third consecutive day since arriving in Shreveport on December 26. The Red Raiders ran through passing and defensive drills and practiced both offensive and defensive schemes for the the game. Texas Tech also emphasized special teams as it used the final 30 minutes of the two-hour session to run through punt and kickoff plays.

Texas Tech head coach Spike Dykes is happy to be getting closer to game-time on Thursday.

"We are fine tuning things for the game on Thursday," Texas Tech head coach Spike Dykes said. "Everyone has been great to us and we're happy to be here playing Ole Miss in the Sanford Independence Bowl. The guys have been working hard all week and we're ready to play. We've had three great practices and I think we're certainly going to be ready to play on Thursday. The practice field is in the best shape that it's been since we've been here in Shreveport."

On the injury front, starting offensive tackle Steve McFadden practiced for the first time since late November when he had his appendix removed. McFadden is listed as questionable for the game but said he will see action. Senior Justin Collingsworth or senior Nick Lee will replace McFadden as the starter. Starting placekicker Chris Birkholz, who sat out Saturday's practice with flu-like symptoms, has recovered from his sickness and practiced today.

Tomorrow Texas Tech will conduct its pre-game walk-through at 2 p.m. at Independence Stadium. There is an NCAA mandatory meeting at 9 a.m. which both school's head coaches and school officals are required to attend, followed by a 10 a.m. press conference at the Shreveport Expo Hall. Texas Tech will be represented at the press conference with head coach Spike Dykes, senior wide receiver Donnie Hart and senior defensive end Montae Reagor.

The Office Depot Minuteman Luncheon will follow the press conference beginning at noon at the Expo Hall.

One player who will have extra incentive in the Sanford Independence Bowl game is Texas Tech senior defensive end Montae Reagor. Reagor met Ole Miss All America tight end Rufus French two weeks ago at the ESPN College Football Awards Show in Orlando, Fla. The All America duo could line up on several plays.

"I was fortunate enought to meet Rufus in Orlando," Reagor said. "I really enjoyed talking to him and meeting him along with other players from around the nation. I'm looking forward to our game with Ole Miss. It will be especially important considering it's my final collegiate game."

Tickets to the 1998 Sanford Independence Bowl are still available by calling Texas Tech ticket representatives in Shreveport at (318) 797-9900 (Ext. 105). Texas Tech has sold approximately 9500 of its ticket allotment. Tickets are $30 and $25.




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