April 14, 2007
Position by position breakdown
It's hard to call an intra-squad scrimmage an upset, but the 2007 Red/Black bonanza may just fit the bill. Mike Leach's Red Raiders are known nationally for one thing and one thing only: the high-scoring aerial circus affectionately known as the Air Raid. Tech's defense, on the other hand, is generally regarded as the team's appendix: it usually lies around doing nothing and occasionally blows up, causing excruciating pain. Well, in the Red/Black scrimmage the defense caused some pain alright, to the offense, that is, in tallying a 43-35 victory.
So let us now repair to a position-by-position analysis to determine how this strange occurrence transpired.
QUARTERBACKS: Suffice it to say that Tech's passers, including returning starter Graham Harrell, have seen better days. Yes the trio of Harrell, Taylor Potts and Steven Sheffield threw for a combined 512 yard, three touchdowns and a ran for another, but they also lobbed five interceptions, were "sacked" (merely touching a quarterback in the scrimmage constituted a sack) 10 times, and completed only 36 of 60 passes. Of the three quarterbacks, Harrell was the most prolific, accounting for all three touchdowns, 317 passing yards, completing the highest percentage of passes, and running for a score. He also threw two interceptions, however, one of which was returned 93 yards for a touchdown by Pete Richardson. And Jamar Wall came very close to intercepting another of Harrell's offerings. All of the quarterbacks, quite frankly, just seemed to be a bit off. The accustomed accuracy just was not there, although numerous dropped passes by various and sundry receivers hardly helped. Be that as it may, the QBs and receivers will need to be more in synch by September.
RECEIVERS: There are two reasons to be very excited about next year's wideouts and their names are Ed Britton and Michael Crabtree. The duo caught only six passes between them (Danny Amendola and L.A. Reed actually caught six apiece), but it was their ability to light up the stadium with monster plays that tells the story. Crabtree and Britton's six receptions went for a whopping 205 yards and a pair of touchdowns. And there is no reason to believe they won't do similar things to opposing secondaries in the upcoming season.
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