Friday, October 12, 2007

Crabtree Added to Maxwell Award Watch List

Oct. 12, 2007

Crabtree Added to Maxwell List

LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech freshman phenom WR Michael Crabtree (Dallas, Texas) has been added to the Maxwell Award candidate list, the Robert W. Maxwell Football Club announced today. Crabtree joins Red Raiders QB Graham Harrell on the list. The award is presented annually to college football's top player.

Crabtree's numbers this season through six games can't be duplicated on PlayStation - 17 touchdowns, 1,074 yards and 70 receptions. The 17 touchdowns are a new NCAA standard for freshmen and he is 10 short of the record of 27 that covers all classifications. He has caught at least three touchdown passes in five games this year and two in a ho-hum 15-catch, 188-yard effort against UTEP.

Texas Tech has never had two players named to the list, and Crabtree is the first non-quarterback listed under head coach Mike Leach.

Link to Tech Athletics Site

Link to the Maxwell Football Club - who needs to update their site a little. I'm just sayin'.

Congrats to Michael Crabtree.

Listen up recruits - listen to Tom Lemming and go to Texas Tech!

Thanks to Mr. Football for finding this great video.

And thanks to AugustaRaider for this little tidbit found on

Texas Tech wide receiver Mike Crabtree might leave for the NFL after his sophomore season, his father told The Dallas Morning News for a story that appeared Thursday.

That's provided he keeps up his stellar play.

"If he continues to do this in his first two years, I think he'll be out of there,'' the elder Crabtree, also named Michael, told the newspaper.

He cited risk of a major injury as a factor.

We as Raiders would sure hope to lose Mike, but know that this Tech offense has had productive receivers before and will again. We also know that if he makes the decision to go to the NFL, that can only mean that he's had an All-American career at Texas Tech - and we'll all be thankful for that.

I just wish these kids would stay for as long as they could, however.

Lots of angst this week as we head into the final stretch - I'm hopeful for a good, clean game with all involved walking off the field as healthy as they arrived - and wish all of you in Aggieland a great stay on the South Plains.

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