Texas Tech Sunday Morning Notes - Unfair Label Edition

Crabtree's Stress Fracture

Much thanks to irish1611 who runs the tremendous SB Nation blog The Ralphie Report, for posting on the Michael Crabtree stress fracture. DMN's Rick Gosselin reports that Crabtree was upset about the report but still intends to run on his private workout on March 26, 2009. Chris Nelson, special contributor to the LAJ, it sounds as if this won't affect Crabtree too much as new Kansas City GM Scott Pioli doesn't believe that Crabtree's injury is a big deal:

"You’ve got a bunch of tape to watch guys on. From our standpoint, we’re going to evaluate guys on how they play football, not just how they run," Pioli said. "Football players play with injuries. Football players get injuries.

"The combine is great, but you watch tape and watch players perform on tape — that’s really the top evaluation. I don’t know if you lose out on anything because there are going to be a lot of people here that don’t work out anyway."

Harrell Wants an Opportunity

In an article, written by someone, Graham Harrell hopes that the system label doesn't affect his draft status and hopes to prove that he's capable of making all of the throws needed to play in the NFL. Here's Harrell on stereotypes:

"Coming from Texas Tech, some people see that as a negative thing," Harrell said during the annual NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. "I think it’s more of a negative thing by perception than what it actually is.

"I do think that’s an unfair label. Obviously, the system is what allows me to put up the numbers. If I didn’t play for Texas Tech, or if I didn’t throw the ball that many times, I wouldn’t put up those numbers. But it takes talent to play in that system."

Leach Speaks at Football Clinic

LAJ's Adam Zuvanich writes that it was Mike Leach turn to speak at the 27th annual West Texas Football Clinic and Leach says that he enjoys speaking at these types of clinics:

Leach said he enjoys interacting with other coaches at clinics, especially this one. He first spoke at the clinic when he was Kentucky’s offensive coordinator in 1998, saying it was "one of my first exposures to Lubbock."

"It’s a great clinic, and it’s respected by everybody that’s ever gone to it," he said. "It’s kind of a big one, and I think it’s the best one because if clinics get too big, it’s hard to have as much interaction with the speakers and whatnot. This one, you speak up here and then you go downstairs and do a smaller question-and-answer thing. Everybody gets to see everybody, so I think that’s really good."

Pat Knight Asking for Donations

I had to baby-sit last night (that's right, I said it) so I haven't watched the game yet, but I imagine that I'll be incredibly frustrated as I watch the game and know the outcome. The Red Raiders lose to the Texas A&M Aggies 73-79 (boxscore) as the Aggies shot, that's right shot, 51 free throws, and per LAJ's Jeff Walker, Junior Knight is not too pleased about the opposing team shooting so many free throws at Texas Tech's own gym:

"I don’t care right now what the Big 12 thinks," Knight said. "They tell us to send tapes in and that obviously doesn’t work. Call (someone in the league office) and talk to them … it’s just tough. I don’t care about me, it’s my kids. My kids bust their butt and they have enough of a time playing against A&M let alone have somebody else they have to play against. I just think it’s a shame. Take nothing away from A&M, but we play at home and they get 50 free throws and I have, shoot, four guys that foul out. It’s just not right."

There were four Texas Tech players that fouled out, Robert Lewandowski, Esmir Rizvic, John Roberson and Nick Okorie. It appears that the only reason this game was remotely close is that the Aggies missed 21 of their 51 free throws, had the Aggies been able to shoot a decent percentage (70%) this would have been a 20 point game.

I'll have some more thoughts on the game if I can muster up the energy.

Red Raiders Push Record to 3-0

Opponent Date Start Time Texas Tech Starting Pitcher Opponent Starting Pitcher Result
Southern Utah 2/20/2009 1:00 p.m. Chad Bettis (W) 1-0 Kyle Hammon (L) 0-1 14-3
Texas-Pan American 2/20/2009 4:00 p.m. Brian Cloud (W) 1-0 David DeLeon (L) 0-1 6-5
Southern Utah 2/21/2009 3:00 p.m. Miles Morgan (W) 1-0 Kyle Melling (L) 0-1 8-2
Texas-Pan American 2/22/2009 3:00 p.m. AJ Ramos (0-0, 0.00) Nathan Molina (0-0, 0.00) -

*Click on the score for boxscore.

Texas Tech 8, Southern Utah 2

LAJ's George Watson has the game recap and it appears that there were two story lines from yesterday's game: the return of Miles Morgan and two significant injuries. Here's senior pitcher Morgan on his performance:

"Before the game it was nerve-wracking trying to be as calm as I could," Morgan said. "It was like I was a freshman all over again. I just tried to put myself in the mindset of going out and throwing strikes. That first inning — I’ll probably forget about it soon — but I was a little amped up and I didn’t miss by much. I just had to take a step back and get back in control."

And head coach Dan Spencer is fortunate to have depth that he believes can play:

"Fortunately, we have guys who can play multiple positions," Spencer said. "We’re just not in a position to get any more position players injured. Just as we’re ready to get other guys back, two more go down. But if that’s the worst thing that can happen to you then you’re living pretty good."

Perusing the boxscore, Morgan pitched 6.0 innings, gave up 4 hits, 2 runs, both earned, struck out 11 and walked 2. Cory Large got the save by going 3.0 innings, giving up 5 hits, no runs, striking out 4 and walking 2. Morgan gave up his only 2 runs of the game in the first inning and Texas Tech scored 3 in the bottom of the first, giving Texas Tech the lead the remainder of the way. Right fielder Taylor Ashby went 3-4 with 4 RBI.

The last game of this weekend's series against Texas-Pan American is at 3:00 p.m.

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