Texas Tech Football: All-time Red Raiders roster

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Running Back

Starter: Byron Hanspard

The top running back on the Texas Tech all-time roster is Byron Hanspard. One of the top recruits in America coming out of high school, landing Hanspard was a major coup for the Red Raiders.

By the time Hanspard left Texas Tech in 2006 (after his junior season) he was the school’s all-time leading rusher with 4,219 yards, a number that still stands as the top mark in Red Raider history. In 1996, Hanspard ran for over 2,000 yards becoming only the sixth player in college football to do so. He was also awarded the Doak Walker Award as the nation’s top running back.

With incredible speed, unparalleled vision and soft hands, Hanspard would be the perfect running back for today’s style of spread offenses. The 5-foot-10, 200-pound native of Dallas was a singular talent the likes of which Texas Tech may not see again.

Backup: Donny Anderson

Anderson was one of the most versatile players in program history. Aside from being a two-time all-American, Anderson caught passes and returned kicks for Texas Tech.

Nicknamed “The Golder Palomino” for his blonde hair and ability to run like a horse, Anderson ranks 10th in school history in rushing despite playing only three years. In addition, his 17 rushing touchdowns in 1965 rank third best in a single Texas Tech season. As a rookie with the Green Bay Packers in 1966, Anderson signed the largest contract in NFL history worth three years and $600,000. With the Packers he was a standout punter as well as a Pro Bowl running back, 4-time NFL champion and he was inducted into the franchise’s Hall of Fame.

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