Faces Behind Raider Red Revealed at Ceremony

Former mascots transfer duties to new students who will wear Raider Red's outfit.

Written by Cory Chandler

After serving in secret as Raider Red, students Braden Dockery and Courtney Rosenthal finally revealed their true identities as Texas Tech University honored them for their service.

The former mascots transferred their duties to new students Friday during the fourth annual Passing of the Guns Ceremony.

With his red mustache and floppy white hat, the swaggering Raider Red is a symbol of Texas Tech spirit and pride. He was designed by Saddle Tramp Jim Gaspard based on the illustrations of Dirk West.

Dockery, a senior agricultural communications major from San Antonio, served as Raider Red for two years. He also is a member of the Saddle Tramps, and served as shotgun assistant and spirit chairman for the organization.

His favorite memory from serving in the costume: making his final appearance as Raider Red at the 2010 Valero Alamo Bowl.

“I am honored by the time I got to spend representing Texas Tech as Raider Red,” he said. “And to finish that experience in front of family and friends in my hometown was a fitting way to cap off two great seasons as mascot.”

Courtney Rosenthal, a senior health education major from Mesquite, served as Raider Red for 2009-2010. In addition to her duties as Raider Red, she was pledge trainer for Texas Tech’s High Riders.

Earlier this month, Rosenthal traveled to Daytona Beach, Fla., to perform with Texas Tech’s cheer squad as it won third place at the 2010 National Cheerleaders Association and National Dance Association (NCA/NDA) Collegiate Cheer and Dance Competition.

“I loved the time I spent as Raider Red,” she said. “And it was exciting getting to represent Texas Tech and show our Red Raider spirit on a national stage.”

The students acting as Raider Red spent hundreds of hours in costume as they made 200 appearances over the past year at athletic and community events.

CONTACT: Stephanie Rhode, assistant director, Center for Campus Life, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-5433, or stephanie.rhode@ttu.edu.