Michael Crabtree, WR, Oakland Raiders
The last time the Raiders had a 1,000 yard receiver, Bob Knight was the Tech basketball coach and asked Mike, a junior in high school if he was going to focus on basketball or football. After last week, it didn't seem like it was going to happen this year either. I made the comment that I hoped he would have a better game this week against the Ravens, even though it was wishful thinking. Well sure enough it happened. After a 9 catch 109 yard game, coach Jack Del Rio said he had a "phenomenal" game, with 16 targets, a career high for Crabtree including a 29-yard diving catch in the end zone. Las season with San Francisco, he played in 68% of the offensive snaps, and against Baltimore this week, he played in 89%. Del Rio said that he appreciated seeing him make extra blocks, and do the dirty work. Crabtree might be back.
Danny Amendola, WR, New England Patriots
Danny got the chance to return punts for the Pats this week, returning 3 for 39 yards, including a 28 yarder. He was only targeted twice this week and only had one catch. But what a catch it was, for 29 yards. Check it out here.
Even though football season is over, some members of the Red Raiders baseball team have moved on to the minor leagues, While we'll miss these guys this spring, it's still fun to catch up with our boys,
Cameron Smith, P, Missoula Ospreys
Stephen was drafted by Arizona in the 36th round by Arizona and was sent to the Missoula Ospreys of the Pioneer League in the MiLB. The Pioneer League is a rookie minor league, with a shortened schedule. Cameron went 7-1 with a 1.68 ERA over 53.2 innings. The Ospreys just won the championship in the Pioneer League. We can look forward to what Cameron does in the future.
Tim Proudfoot, SS, Beloit Snappers
After being drafted by Oakland in the 35th round, Tim started his career in the Arizona Leage, which is the same level as the Pioneer League, but only played 2 games before going to Beloit, which is a couple steps above, in the Midwest League. Tim played 49 games with Beloit, hitting .208 with 1 HR and 16 RBI's
Dominic Moreno, P, West Michigan Whitecaps
Dominic was drafted in the 8th round by Detroit, and split his time with 3 different teams, in 3 different leagues. He started off with the Tigers affiliate of the rookie-level Gulf Coast League, with an ERA of 6.00 in 2 games. Next he went on to New York-Penn League, a class A (short) league with the Connecticut Tigers. H went 1-0 in 4 games with an ERA of 0.00. He finished the season with West Michigan in the Midwest League with a 1-1 record, and ERA of 3.22 in 13 games.