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Red Raiders football notebook: Two juniors ending career

Two juniors ending career

Posted: November 11, 2011 - 1:20am  |  Updated: November 11, 2011 - 1:26am
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Two juniors ending career

Texas Tech running back Harrison Jeffers and linebacker Tanner Foster, both juniors, plan to leave the program when the season ends and will be recognized with the seniors before the final home game Saturday.

Jeffers is giving up football because of injury, Tech spokesman Blayne Beal said. He hasn’t played all season because of back problems. His career rushing numbers are 53 carries for 320 yards and four touchdowns.

Foster will graduate early and has a job lined up, Beal said. He made four tackles this season before he suffered a season-ending knee injury in the third game.

Zouzalik out

Inside receiver Austin Zouzalik wasn’t on the dress roster posted Thursday for the Red Raiders’ game Saturday against Oklahoma State. A Tech spokesman said Zouzalik got hurt in practice this week, but did not know details of the injury.

The junior from Coronado has 13 catches for 121 yards this season.

Coach’s wife passes away

Beth King, wife of the late Tech head coach and athletic director JT King, died Tuesday. Mrs. King, 94, had lived in Lometa since 1980.

JT King was the Red Raiders’ head coach from 1961 through 1969 and the Tech athletic director from 1970 through 1978. He died in 1993.

Their son, Dr. Robert King, is a former Tech football team doctor and senior associate athletic director for sports medicine.

JT King was an assistant coach at Tulane, Texas and Texas A&M before coming to Tech. Beth King taught English in the Lubbock Independent School District.

Compiled by Don Williams

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