With an all-time record of 544-419-32, the Texas Tech football program has established itself as a success despite challenges such as geographic location and in-state competition from more established programs.
When amassing the Texas Tech all-time roster it became evident that this program has produced a plethora of quality football players.
The players included in Wreck ‘Em Red’s all-time roster cover the history of Texas Tech football, which began in 1925. The purpose of this exercise is to evaluate and recognize the best players at each position based on how they performed in the era in which they played.
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In other words, this is not the roster we would put on the field to compete in today’s game because the modern era of college football is vastly different than the era of the wishbone and so on.
Rather, this list is a collection of the most decorated and most effective players to ever play for Texas Tech based on how each player compared to his contemporaries.
With that said, let’s begin looking at Wreck ‘Em Red’s all-time two-deep roster for the Texas Tech Red Raiders.
Starter: Denton Fox
The first corner on the Texas Tech all-time roster is Denton Fox, a 1969 All-American from tiny Claude, Texas. At 6-foot-3 and 200-pounds, Fox would still be considered a large corner in the modern era of college football.
“He was just a great athlete,” said former Tech fullback Kenny Baker, a teammate and later longtime business partner of Fox’s when Fox died in 2013. “He was a big ol’ boy at the time. That was back before people got so big as they are now. He was fast. He was just a heck of a player.” Link
Fox starred for the Red Raiders from 1967-1969 intercepting four passes in his senior season. As an all-American, Fox was part of the Bob Hope Christmas television special. At the time, Fox was just the sixth Texas Tech football player to be named an all-American and for that reason he is number one on the all-time depth chart at right corner.
Backup: Marc Dove
In 1971, Dove was named Southwest Conference Player of the Year. The San Angelo native had two interception returns for touchdowns including one against Texas A&M. After his playing career, Dove became an assistant coach at Texas Tech and South Carolina as well as being defensive coordinator at Mississippi State, TCU and Minnesota.