Double-T Nation News:
Lots of news this morning. Good times.
Texas Tech Football:
Let's start this morning with an interview by Chris Steuber from TheRanchReport.com of Texas Tech's very own, Michael Crabtree. So many good answers from Mr. Crabtree, here's just a few:
Crabtree: They throw the ball, and I wanted to be a receiver. They say that this system only has system players. It doesn't matter what the system is, if you're a football player, you can ball.
CS: Last year, as a freshman, you had 134 receptions for 1,962 yards and 22 touchdowns; that's video game-like numbers. How much are those numbers based on the system you're in compared to the talent you have?
Crabtree: I think it's just based on hard work. It's not the system. As a football player, you just go out and play, and that's what I did.
CS: How would you describe your game? Is there a player or players you pattern your game after?
Crabtree: I'd say I'm like Jerry Rice with a little T.O., mix a little Chad Johnson in there, and top it off with a bit of Randy Moss. That's my game.
CS: Now that's what I call a wide receiver.
Crabtree: No doubt. I'm trying to do what they do and more. I'm trying to put a little running back into my game too. I'm trying to get more physical, more strength; that way I would be harder to tackle. I have a lot of stuff coming out, you'll see.
The LAJ's Don Williams features new Texas Tech commit, Navarro JC free safety Ryan Clark. DTN detailed a little about Clark yesterday. Interestingly, Clark originally committed to Missouri coming out of high school, but was unable to meet eligibility requirements, which is why he ended up at Navarro. Williams notes that Clark is intending to graduate from Navarro in December and will be in Lubbock in January. It was cornerbacks coach Brian Mitchell that helped recruit Clark:
The Red Raiders get a mention in the Sporting News' Matt Hays' Inside Dish:
That's a bold statement about Williams, who I thought might lose his starting job this fall if Sesay, Marshall and Dixon all play well.
And how many times has a national sports writer typed the words, "Tech's front four is strong . . . "? I'm guessing not often. Giddy, giddy, giddy.
Danny Amendola is still making waves after this weekend's performance at the Dallas Cowboys rookie mini-camp (hat-tip to DTN reader TTpilk645). Here's Dallas Cowboys wide receivers coach Ray Sherman on Amendola:
DMN's Kevin Sherrington thinks that Amendola should make Wes Welker a beneficiary in his Will and flatly believes that had Welker not had the success he's had in New England that Amendola wouldn't have had so much as a chance to prove himself in the NFL:
Bottom line: If Jason Garrett takes advantage of Amendola's special set of skills, he could give the Cowboys a different dimension at receiver.
I don't necessarily agree with the premise, but I do agree with the conclusion. I do tend to believe that Welker's success helped Amendola, but the NFL and football in general is still about catching the ball, running precise routes, and reacting to the defense. At some point, I don't think NFL teams can ignore the production taking place at Texas Tech.
Texas Tech Baseball:
|Texas Tech (21-25)
|Dallas Baptist (30-15)
|Wed. 05/07/08 @ 6:30 p.m.
|Russ Fornea (3-3, 5.40)
|Jarred Stafford (1-0, 3.60)
Baseball is back after taking a short break for finals. The Red Raiders are in the Metroplex for the night and will take on Dallas Baptist. LAJ's George Watson previews the game. Perhaps the most interesting note in Watson's article is this tidbit:
That's interesting. I understand Ramos and Morgan, but not the others. Have they just given up or did the staff give up?