SMU tickets arrived in the mail despite requesting that I pick them up at will-call. That's fine, I'd rather have them in my hands than not.
After today, we are only 1 week away and I can hardly wait.
Texas Tech Football:
LAJ's Don Williams has an interesting story on this year's team unity, noting once again that last year's squad was not as tight knit.Texas Tech football chief of staff Dennis Simmons:
Don and Joe Garcia point to how this team is simply doing more things together:
Don cites a couple of examples that are certainly worth your time.
I think this newfound team unity is great, but I am really curious as to what caused last year's team to separate so much last year? I know that it was mentioned that there were some guys who were a little more mature, but it will certainly be interesting to see what kind of a difference team unity makes when this year's group has notably less experience than last year's crew. On some level I can't help but think that because this group has done something no other school has ever done (i.e. see last year's Insight Bowl), that this is just a closer group.
But perhaps on a much more base level, maybe these guys just get along.
Don's Red Raiders Football Notebook notes that more than 41,000 season tickets have been sold for each of Texas Tech's 6 home games. Excellent work Red Raider fans.
Sometimes I think Don is reading my mind as he also talks with Texas Tech flanker, Michael Crabtree about being more consistent: no dropped passes and losing weight:
The redshirt freshman from Dallas Carter also improved his conditioning, dropping from a high of 226 pounds in January to 208.
"It was my idea," he said. "I was moving at the (higher) weight. I just felt I should get down, be a more legit receiver."
I may be more excited about seeing Michael Crabtree than anything else.
The SAEN has quite a few different features up this morning:
- A capsule listing the team's biggest strength, weakness and biggest test (beating Texas in Austin).
- The SAEN's pre-season All-Big 12 1st and 2nd team. Texas Tech notables include Louis Vasquez and Joe Garcia on their respective 2nd teams.
- Comments on Texas Tech's 2007 schedule.
Big 12 and College Football:
Three excellent Sunday morning reads. The first being from FWST's Wendell Barnhouse on Arizona's offensive coordinator Spike Dykes. Next, DMN's Chip Brown lists the important non-conference games involving Big 12 teams. Finally, SAEN's Tim Griffin notes the narrowing gap of talent in the Big 12.