April 15, 2011
After serving in secret as Raider Red, students Karina Perry and Cody Crea 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 sixth 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.
Perry, a senior Restaurant, Hotel, and Institutional Management major from Windcrest, served as Raider Red for two years. She also is a member of the High Riders, and served as sergeant at arms and standards, and spirit committee head for the organization.
One of her favorite activities as Raider Red was directing the Goin’ Band at football games.
“Another of my favorite memories is running the team out onto the field during the Colorado game last semester,” Perry said. She made 113 appearances in the costume during the two years incognito.
Crea, a senior mechanical engineering major from San Antonio, served as Raider Red for three seasons. In addition to his duties as Raider Red, he was a member of the Saddle Tramps and held positions as assistant pledge trainer, Raider Red chairman and homecoming chairman. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and of the National Cheer Association as a mascot instructor.
The ESPN College GameDay appearance in Lubbock in 2008 is a memory Crea will never forget.
“From watching them put on Raider Red’s head and fire the shotguns, to the last second Crabtree catch, it was an awesome time in my life, and I’m glad I got to represent our university on one of the biggest stages in college football at that time.”
Crea appeared as Raider Red more than 200 times in the three years he spent as the mascot.
CONTACT: Stephanie Rhode, assistant director, Center for Campus Life, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-5433, or firstname.lastname@example.org.