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Sunday Morning Football Notes

If you celebrate Easter, I hope you and your family have a Happy Easter. Just think of these football notes as Easter eggs, my gift to you.

Texas Tech Football:

First things first, during yesterday's scrimmage, Michael Crabtree finished the day with 7 catches for 131 yards and 2 touchdowns. Mark my words, and hear me later, Mike Crabtree will own every receiving record at Tech by the time he's finished his junior year. The guy literally makes me giddy and I've never seen him play a down of football. So the other day I mentioned that Crabtree was 6-3, 222 pounds, which is big for a wide receiver, but the best part is that on the first play of the scrimmage, he screen pass from Potts and outran every defender. Yes, he's that good. Okay, let's get to the articles.

Michael Crabtree - know his face, the greatest WR to ever play at Texas Tech without playing a down. Image http//:www.redraiders.com.

LAJ's Don Williams has a rundown of yesterday's scrimmage, complete with some dirt on the performance of the quarterbacks. Potts finished the day going 20-24 for 255 yards and 4 touchdowns while Harrell 19-30 for 165 yards and 3 touchdowns, but had 6 passes dropped. Leach had this on the two:

"Competition brings out the best in everybody," Leach said, "but you want to make sure it's real and warranted competition, the best you can. I think both are good quarterbacks. Both do good things. Both have some real strengths, and now I think we want to prepare them both so that they can have the best offseason possible, and then see who we're going to go with in the fall."

Potts on the competition:

"I need to go out there like I'm in position to get a job," he said. "Personally, I don't think I am (going to start). I think Graham's a great quarterback. I think he's done amazing. He has a lot of experience that helps. Whether or not that is the truth, I've just got to go out there every day and do my best."

Leach is right, everyone performs better when there's competition, but that competition cannot be made up, someone actually has to perform to create the competition. Leach is quoted earlier in the article as saying that Potts and Harrell will split time for the remainder of the spring and I don't know if this should bother me at all. I really want to see Harrell get the majority of snaps, but in reality, it's probably best that Potts at the very least split snaps with Harrell simply because if Harrell goes down, Potts is the only other option. Leach has to force feed reps to Potts if he wants him to be ready to play in the fall.

Don't put too much stock into the actual competition, I tend to think this is more about getting Potts to a point that he's ready to play more than anything else.

The following receives had touchdowns yesterday:

  • Michael Crabtree: 60 yards (Potts), 22 yards (Potts)
  • Lyle Leong: 15 yards (Potts - and high school teammate)
  • David Schaefer: 10 yards (Potts)
  • Ed Britton: 15 yards (Harrell)
  • Danny Amendola: 15 yards (Harrell)
  • Eric Morris: 15 yards (Harrell)

Don and Jeff Walker Huddle Up With Steven Sheffield and it looks like he has some homework from Coach Leach:

"He thought I was trying to make too much happen too fast instead of taking what I have. He wants me to be relaxed instead of high strung like I've been. ... He told me to read a book, a John Wooden book, and I have to give a report to him by Wednesday."

I love that Leach does things like this, football and the quarterback are a cerebral position and it's Leach's job to make these kids better people. Reading a book about John Wooden will probably do that. I'd love to know what book it is and if anyone has any guesses, leave a comment.

Under the Quick Hits column, Don and Jeff note that Crabtree is spectacular, while the running backs had a rough day. Lyle Leong impresses as well.

In Don's Red Raider Football Notebook he mentions the improved play of defensive end Phillip Jones. I don't have anything to base this on, but I think Jones is going to be a better than expected player for Tech. I don't know why I think that, but I do. Don also mentions again safety Steven Harris as a guy who's making plays. I think it's safe to go ahead and put Harris behind McBath and Fuller at free safety. Don also mentions that DT Henley is making plays and that makes me happy. There's quite a few additional notes, too many for me to mention so go check them out.