Captain Leach was in rare form today as he mused on a number of topics, some relating to Texas Tech football and others not. Players invited to join Coach Leach were Danny Amendola, Joe Garcia and Alex Trlica. The Big 12 official website has video (IE only and it's free) and the transcript of Coach Leach's press conference. Perhaps my favorite quote from the entire press conference was the following:
That's a powerful message. I hope the team is listening.
If there's any doubt about how Coach Leach views Graham Harrell then such questions should end now. Graham had an amazing year last year and I know that folks like to dismiss that he plays for a coach with a system, but I think Harrell deserves a ton of credit for having such a good year as young as he was. I know there were 2 or 3 games where he didn't perform to his expectations, but being a quarterback is a process. It takes time and now we, as Texas Tech fans, have one of the more accurate passers in the country and he threw 38 touchdowns in his first year as a starter. Here's Leach on Harrell:
But I think he had a heck of a year last year. It's funny, because as people talk about quarterbacks, they have a funny way of dismissing the additional 2,000 yards that he threw for. So I guess his don't count (chuckling). If he's not one of the better quarterbacks in the country I'd like to know who is. I wouldn't trade it for anybody in the conference. But with that said, I think what's best about him is that he does a great job as far as making the team, players around him better. Because it's what you accomplish as a team that ultimately is going to count, and I think he does a really good job as far as that goes. And I think he continues to improve.
Leach thinks the defense is more athletic and the secondary is going to be a good group. Leach doesn't think that the defense should be so quickly dismissed as a team weakness:
I think this unit's good. I think this unit plays together better. I think that this unit has more explosion to it. I think they've got less experience.
Leach believes that offensive line is the hardest position to hide a player and that this group plays well together. Leach also mentions two freshmen offensive linemen by name:
I think it's interesting that Leach has already targeted Okafor as a talent bigger than his high school ranking and I don't think there's any question that Edwards should see some playing time this next year.