August 29, 2007

Key Red Raiders: #3 Michael Crabtree

A huge number of factors go into the success of any football team. In this series, we will be examining 25 of them. More specifically, we will be taking a reverse-order look at the 25 players who will be most crucial if the Texas Tech Red Raiders are to have a successful 2007 season, however that may be defined.

This is not, however, a list of the best players on the team. Rather, this series takes into consideration the importance of a given position on the team, depth issues, experience and inexperience, and the historic strengths and weaknesses of Mike Leach's program. The results, therefore, may surprise many readers, and will hopefully spur spirited discussion and debate.

Michael Crabtree: What does it say when the third most important player on a college football team has never even played a single down of actual college football? The most obvious answer would be very little in favor of said football team. After all, football teams are supposed to rely upon proven players and seasoned veterans. Such an answer in the case of Mike Crabtree and the Texas Tech Red Raiders, however, would be dead wrong.

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