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FoxSports Peter Schrager looks at the top 15 prospects for the 2009 Draft, and your favorite Mr. Crabtree is making an appearance:

11. *Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech: For years, the greatest mystery in college football was what would happen if you put top high school recruits in Texas Tech coach Mike Leach's high-flying offense? The answer: A freshman season which included Biletnikoff and Paul Warfield Awards, a unanimous first team All-American selection, and a 2007 stat line that was downright scary -- 134 receptions, 1,962 yards, and 22 touchdowns. Because Crabtree red-shirted his freshman season, he is eligible for the '09 Draft if he opts to leave early. He's got the size and hands to be downright nasty. The comparisons to Andre Johnson aren't that far off. Then again, it's not like there are no other great Texas Tech wideouts in the league. Wes Welker had a pretty decent year last season, no?

I like the comparison to Houston Texan Andre Johnson, that seems appropriate, but I've always thought that Johnson has a little more speed. Or perhaps I'm underestimating Mr. Crabtree's speed a little.


Fox34 breaks down the cornerbacks, and gives the unit as a whole a B- or a C. Since the only practice time I watched was the spring game, that seems a little low, but Level knows this program, inside and out.


I'm a few days late, but I'm sure you're fine with that. DT's Alex Ybarra has a feature on the Charbonet brothers, senior Daniel and redshirt freshman Taylor. No blockquotes, just go read the whole thing.


A new commit, Woooo! As per the free story from Raiderpower, Jonathan Hollins, a 6-4/275 JUCO defensive tackle from the College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, California is now a Red Raider. For reference purposes, here's Hollins' Scout and Rivals (A pink suit? Really?) profile. Not being satisfied with just those profiles I decided to dig a little deeper on the internets. We have Hollins' defensive statisitics for 2007 at the College of the Canyons:

Games Tackles Assists Total TFL/Yds Sacks/Yds Pass BrUp Forced Fumbles
10 23 8 31 8.0/40 6.0/42 2 2

For reference purposes, Whitlock had 45 tackles last year (33 solo and 14 assists) to lead Texas Tech defensive linemen, while the 6 sacks from a defensive lineman would have led the team as Brandon Williams had 5.5 for the year.


ESPN's Mark Schlabach with all of the gritty details from the BCS meetings this week where it was decided that the system would remain the same until 2014. Of course, Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe had this to say about the conference as a whole:

"There's a strong feeling in the Big 12 that what we have is working well," Beebe said. "There's great satisfaction with the regular season and the postseason."

Of course that's completely contradictory to what Texas Tech's Mike Leach and UT's Mack Brown had to say at the end of 2007. Here's Captain Leach:

Leach's proposal would solve the problem of worthy teams being excluded. He suggested 32 to 64 teams in a playoff system similar to the lower divisions of college football or high schools.

"The fear would be if they do some little thing like just have some extra game. All that is going to do is perpetuate the problem," Leach said. "I think they need a big one ..."

He said that a Plus One game "would be a complete waste of time."

Leach provided concrete underpinning to his plan. Teams would play 10 regular-season games and have one week off before the playoffs began. Non-playoff teams would fill the void with interdivisional play, a football NIT.

The playoffs would begin with on-campus sites for the first round and then incorporate existing bowl sites afterwards. Under the 64-team format, the champion would play 16 games in a season.

"It works in high school, it works in Division III, it works in Division II, it works in I-AA, it works in the NFL," Leach said. "To me, it's obvious."

Ummm . . . genius.

PB at BON asks some pretty interesting questions about the BCS.