Le’Raven can’t escape the heat in Lubbock


Shortly after grabbing up his diploma at graduation three weeks ago, Le’Raven Clark made a B-line to Lubbock to get his college life underway.

Clark’s life is about to get better in a lot of ways. He’s going to have about 100 new brothers he can count on and about a dozen new fathers that he can go to for advice.

Plus, he’ll be exposed to some of the best cooking the region can offer.

Clark is enrolled in summer school while also taking part in the Red Raiders’ summer workouts that prepare them for August twoa days.

Red Raiders football players are required to attend summer school. Going hand in hand with that, they also participate in structured strength and conditioning workouts.

Tech strength and conditioning coach Joe Walker said everyone on the Red Raiders’ 105-man roster in August will be on campus for summer classes and conditioning workouts.

Clark Clark Summer days will start early the next couple of months for Texas Tech football players. Their workout groups go at 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. at the Red Raiders’ football training facility, four days a week.

Tuberville and his assistants can have no role in those workouts, in keeping with NCAA rules, but Walker and his strength and conditioning staff can supervise.

The Red Raiders will lift and condition in June, then get a week off around the Fourth of July.

Conditioning workouts continue the remainder of July, then players get a few days to themselves in early August before diving into preseason practice.

This differs from the past when most players would go home and get a job.

While he is currently tipping the scales at 280, Red Raider coaches are expecting Clark to reach 300 pounds fairly soon after enjoying that never-ending training table.

The 6-foot-6 Clark has gained 40 pounds since Texas Tech first began recruiting him.

Despite being a two-way star, the Red Raiders see him as a straight up offensive tackle.

“He’s the prototypical offensive tackle for what we do,” says Texas Tech Coach Tommy Tuberville, “and really looks like a guy with first-round NFL potential.”

Clark tells friends that the heat—which was 103 Tuesday in Lubbock—is kicking his butt.

Four-hundred miles away, we feel your pain!

The 5ive

In honor of the recently held NBA draft, here are five draft oddities throughout the years:

1. In 1983, the Philadelphia 76ers used their 10th-round pick to select Norman Horvitz, a 55-year old doctor who worked for 76ers owner Harold Katz.

2. In 1977, Lucille Harris of Delta State was drafted in th seventh round by the New Orleans Jazz, the only woman drafted in NBA history.

3. In 1981, Vic Sison was drafted by the New Jersey Nets in the 10th round. He was the head student-trainer at UCLA when Nets Coach Larry Browen was there.

4. The Chicago Bulls took track star Carl Lewis in the 10th round. In a related story, in 1977, the Kansas City Kings drafted Olympic marathon champion Bruce Jenner in the seventh round.

5. In 1976, the San Diego Padres drafted schoolboy star Johnny “Lam” Jones of Lampasas. He had never played baseball before.

(Bonus trivia: Jones’ real middle name is Wesley.)

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