Three of Texas Tech’s most successful football players and one of the all-time winningest coaches in college baseball highlight the 2012 induction class for the Texas Tech Hall of Honor.
Doak Walker Award winners Byron Hanspard (1996) and Bam Morris (1993) along with Ricky Williams, legendary baseball coach Larry Hays, distance standout Leigh Daniel and softball pitcher Amanda Renfro will be honored prior to the Red Raiders’ game on Nov. 3 against Texas as well as part of the induction ceremonies at the McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center on Nov. 2.
Hanspard (1994-96) was a first-team all-American and All-Big 12 selection his senior season after setting the school single-season rushing mark of 2,084 yards, which included a 287-yard performance against Baylor. He won the Doak Walker Award, finished sixth in Heisman balloting and holds the school record for career rushing yards with 4,219. He was also an honorable-mention all-American and first-team All-Southwest Conference as a junior and a second-round draft pick of the Atlanta Falcons.
Close behind him in the record books is Morris (1991-93), who is second in single-season rushing with 1,752. He was also a first-team all-American as a senior and two-time All-SWC honoree. He ranks fourth in school history in career rushing yards with 3,544 and is third in career touchdowns with 37. He was a third-round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1993 NFL draft.
Despite a coaching change midway through his career, Williams (1997-2001) became one of the most prolific runners in Tech history.
His 1,582 rushing yards his sophomore year is the third-highest single-season total in school history, and he holds two of the top eight single-game rushing totals with 244 and 251 yards, respectively. He was a two-time all-American in 1998, a first-team All-Big 12 selection as a senior and ranks third in school history in career rushing yards.
Hays (1987-2008) turned a struggling program that was an SWC afterthought into a championship outfit, winning the 1995 SWC championship, the final SWC tournament title in 1996, the first Big 12 title in 1997 and the Big 12 Tournament crown in 1998. When he retired after the 2008 season he left as the fourth-winningest baseball coach in the NCAA with 1,508 victories and 860 losses. He led Tech to eight straight NCAA tournament appearances (1995-2002) and nine overall, hosting three regionals in 1996, 1997 and 1999.
Daniel (1998-2001) became one of the most prolific distance runners in Tech history, setting school records in the outdoor 5,000-meter and 10,000-meter events and in the indoor 3,000-meter and 5,000-meter. She captured seven Big 12 Conference championships and two national titles, winning the 1999 indoor 5,000-meter and outdoor 10,000-meter events. She was also an eight-time all-American.
Renfro (1998-2001) still stands as Tech’s best pitcher in school history. A second-team all-American as a senior and two-time All-Big 12 selection (1998, 2001), she ranks eight all time in NCAA history in innings pitched and 26th all time in strikeouts. She still ranks No. 1 in single-season innings pitched with 3511/3 set her senior season. She led the nation in strikeouts as a senior with 421 and racked up three no-hitters during her career.
Tickets for the Hall of Honor Banquet on Nov. 2 are available. Cost is $50 each and tables of eight are set for $500 each and can be purchased by contacting the Red Raider Club at (806) 742-1196 or at email@example.com.