Texas Tech Football:
DMN's Brandon George bas a great feature on our Michael Crabtree, and talks to Michael Crabtree's father, Michael Crabtree. Here's Dad on his son's first football play:
"He didn't take any mercy on anybody."
"When he played kids his own age, he would dominate them because he was bigger and stronger," said his father, who lives in Garland. "I've coached him since he was 5, so I'm used to seeing him score touchdowns. He can smell the end zone."
Still running over people and I think he smells the endzone each and every play.
Go read the whole article, it's well worth your time this morning.
LAJ's Don Williams' Red Raiders Football Notebook notes that Ryan Hale is now the 2nd string weakside linebacker. I didn't realize that Collier was injured, but it explains why he hasn't made an appearance recently. Also of note, Coach Leach is immune to opponents' trash talk:
Easy for Leach to say, but he also has to manage the mental approach of dozens of players. Leach said he needs "some help from key guys'' to do so. That starts with quarterback Graham Harrell.
"I think the group needs to kind of buy into what we talk about on that,'' Leach said. "I think Graham's a clear example of a guy that does. When he talks, they listen, and part of it is (his) example, performance. The other thing is the fact, they know that he knows what he's talking about.''
Don also features this morning TAMU linebackers Mark Dodge and Misi Tupe. Remember that Dodge was in the Pentagon on September 11, 2001 and he has served this country proudly.
SAEN's Tim Griffin talks about the record pace of Harrell and Crabtree. Here's Harrell on overcoming the preconceived notion that Texas Tech runs a system offense:
"Yeah, we get to throw it a lot, but our coverages often have eight or nine defenders against us on a regular basis. It would be easier to throw against some more regular looks. And if it was really that easy, everybody would be doing it."
DMN's Brian Davis' chat transcript from yesterday. Lots of Texas Tech questions. Excellent work.
The Chron's Terrance Harris features TAMU defensive back Danny Gorrer, who had this to say about Michael Crabtree and the Texas Tech offense:
Gorrer believes the best way to defend a receiver like Crabtree is to be physical with him.
"You've just got to go out there and play your game," said Gorrer. "I've been watching him, and I've always said I like the swagger he plays with. At the end of the day, though, I have to do my job, and I'm looking forward to going against him."
Harris also blogs about a blueprint to slow Texas Tech's offense.
Last, but certainly not least, FWST's Dwain Price features junior defensive back Darcel McBath.
Big 12 Football:
This is cool, SBNation blog, Corn Nation interviewed former Heisman Trophy Winner, Johnny Rogers. Excellent interview. My wish list of former Texas Tech players probably begins with Donny Anderson, James Gray and Zach Thomas.