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Texas Tech Monday Morning Notes - Gutless Sportswriter Edition

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Double-T Nation News:

Again, there's not much out there this morning, but I've found what I can. Yesterday morning I started working on previews of 2008's opponents, and up first is Eastern Washington. I've scheduled the post to go up at 11:00 a.m. so make sure and check back.

Texas Tech Football:

Columbia Tribune's/Behind the Stripe's Dave Matter takes a look at who he thinks will be the top newcomers in the Big 12. Not only that, Matter actually takes the time to look back at his predictions from last year, review and re-rank.

As an aside, there are few writers around the Big 12 who cover football as well as Matter. Almost anything Matter writes is probably worth your time.

Let's take a look at last year first where Matter thought that Crabtree would be the 2nd best newcomer last year, and he picked Nebraska's Sam Keller as 1st. That's a pretty reasonable number 1 and 2 and am quite surprised that he would have had such high regard for Crabtree. As Matter re-ranks last year's newcomers, two Red Raiders check in:

1 (a). Crabtree 1 (b). Maclin: It’s impossible to put one of these stat monsters ahead of the other, at least for this gutless sportswriter. They’ll join each other on the preseason All-Big 12 ballot also.

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7. Brian Duncan, LB, Texas Tech (redshirt freshman): A big reason why Texas Tech had the Big 12’s No. 3 defense last year. And a big reason why some think the Red Raiders can win their first South Division title this fall.

How about that, some well-deserved love for Brian Duncan? For those of you who are curious, Matter also lists Colby Whitlock as just missing out.

Looking ahead to 2008, Brandon Sesay checks in at #11:

11. Brandon Sesay, DE, Texas Tech (transfer): No telling which of Texas Tech’s three junior college defensive ends will make the most plays. I’ll go with the 6-6, 275-pound Sesay, the highest rated of the trio.

Matter also mentions McKinner Dixon in the "others to watch" list. I might also add defensive tackle Chris Perry, who will have a full summer to get into playing shape. Again, I've got no problem with Texas Tech not getting many mentions, only because that means they return a bunch of starters, and Texas Tech does, so there's less of an opportunity for they younger guys to make an immediate difference.


Fox34's Robert Giovannetti and Chris Level ask fact or fiction: is Texas Tech okay with Tyler Potts at quarterback if Harrell goes down. I would say that my expectations of this team would be lowered if Harrell was injured and Potts had to come in and play the rest of the way. It's not because I don't think that Potts doesn't have the ability, but I do think he lacks the repetitions needed right now. I think if he goes into a spring and summer practice knowing that he's the guy then he'll be fine.

Texas Tech Baseball:

There is a news conference scheduled today at 11:00 a.m. regarding the Texas Tech baseball program and they are also offering free video. I have no idea what this is about so if anyone intends on watching this, leave a comment or a FanPost.