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Texas Tech Red Raider Notes for 09-12-2007

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I'm going to have to table the talk about the defense and the issues with it for one more evening. Too much to do and too little time.

Texas Tech Football:

LAJ's Don Williams' writes about the large and athletic offensive line. Don notes that the starting 5 offensive linemen played every snap. I noted after the game that Marlon Winn played on Saturday, but I guess he just played special teams. Anyway, offensive line coach Matt Moore had this to say about the group:

"They've got a real good regimen," Moore said Tuesday, "and it's really a lot of self-discipline on them as far as getting extra cardio during the week. They're in here on the treadmill for 30 minutes three days a week, just to make sure they stay in shape and they don't get too heavy."

Also, when Coach Moore is asked about all 5 linemen playing the entire game, he essentially said that when Harrell sits down then so will some of the linemen. Although this group has been dominant for two games, it doesn't hurt to play the backups to spell the starters for at least a series and makes a lot of sense, especially in non-conference play. So far, Coach Moore has pushed a lot of right buttons, especially with the starting lineup but giving these guys a rest could prove to be very beneficial in November.


Don's Red Raiders Football Notebook notes that cornerback Brent Nickerson and defensive end Brandon Sharpe are returning to practice.


LAJ's Jeff Walker makes a case for Graham Harrell to be considered for the Heisman Trophy and yeah, he should be considered, but I'm getting to the point that I will pay less attention to an award that fails to recognize players who are excelling on the field. There have been Texas Tech quarterbacks who should have been considered before, but weren't and I can't explain why, so I pay no attention to it.


The Chron's Moisekapenda Bower has a primer this morning on the spread offense and a little bit about how both Texas Tech and Rice run a version of the spread offense.


DT's Adam Coleman details the records that Michael Crabtree is breaking in his very short time at Texas Tech. At this point with Crabtree I think I'm more interested in what statistics he has the potential to break nationally.


FoxSports' Rich Cirminiello is handing out his week 2 awards and Crabtree wins the following:

The Danny Almonte He-Can't-Be-As-Young-As-He-Says Award: Texas Tech WR Michael Crabtree. The answer to the Red Raiders' depleted receiving corps, the rangy redshirt freshman has already caught 27 passes in a pair of Tech wins, including 15 for 188 yards and two scores against UTEP on Saturday.

College and Big 12 Football:

BON compares game experiences at UT and Notre Dame . . . SAEN's Tim Griffin Sizes Up the Big 12 . . . FWST's Wendell Barnhouse takes a look at the possibility of the three-team logjam in the BCS