Texas Tech Football:
As mentioned last night, Aaron Crawford is replacing Shannon Woods at running back. Here's Coach Leach on the change:
"Right now, we have him working with us on the scout team,'' Leach said Monday about Woods. "I think Aaron's very focused, very driven and his effort really transcended those other guys over there at running back. It's clear that he's a guy that we need to develop.''
Amazing, Leach says in the first paragraph that Crawford "clearly outplays" Woods, as if it's not even close. That's a bold statement to make about your starting running back. The other little bit of a shock is the statement that Crawford's talent "transcended those other guys". That's an extra bold, and perhapps damning, statement to say about all of the other running backs who are also one the team.
In Don's Red Raiders Football Notebook he's got a notebook full of notes about the Red Raiders. First, receiver Michael Crabtree was named as a semifinalist for the Belitnikoff Award and quarterback Graham Harrell was named as a semifinalist for the Davey O'Brien Award.
Don also notes that Leach believed two of Graham Harrell's interceptions weren't his fault:
I didn't notice this on Saturday, but Stephen Hamby is an occasional blocker out of the backfield:
"It's kind of funny, because I'm just standing there (on the sideline) and I have to follow (Mike) Leach around, which is awkward. Then they start yelling at me, and I have to run in there and next thing you know, I have to run out. I think I'm first-string halfback on slot, so they can call me Hamby Lane or something like that.''