Texas Tech Football: 50 Greatest Red Raiders of all time

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No. 43 Dwayne Slay (Safety 2004 – 2005)

 The 43rd greatest Texas Tech player of all-time became the most popular defender the program has produced since Zach Thomas despite starting for only one season. Dwayne Slay, the man with the perfect name for a hard-hitting safety would be ranked much higher on this list had he spent more time at Texas Tech but as a JUCO transfer, Slay’s tenure in the scarlet and black was brief.

But despite that he gained legendary status among Tech fans.

In 2005, Slay set a conference record with eight forced fumbles. He was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press, and was named a Sports Illustrated First Team All American for his remarkable season.

But words are inadequate to describe the play of Dwayne Slay, his playing style must be seen to be appreciated. Enjoy.

In today’s world of college football, Slay likely would not be as effective due to targeting rules and the focus on reducing huge hits. Therefore, we may never see another player like him ever again.

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