March 26, 2007

Crabtree continues to improve and develop

From the moment Rivals four-star receiver Michael Crabtree signed with Texas Tech, the anticipation in Raiderland was immense. Expectations were that he would contribute instantaneously and perhaps even start as a frosh.

Those expectations were hardly tamped down by quarterback Graham Harrell who quickly included him among Jarrett Hicks, Robert Johnson and Joel Filani as one of his favorite receivers.

But the great expectations were put on hold. Because of a bureaucratic transcript snafu, Crabtree was rendered ineligible and forced to redshirt.

Now, however, after sitting out an entire season, the expectations are back and they're bigger than ever. And more important, with the graduation of Johnson, Filani and Hicks, along with a year's maturation, Crabtree is now better poised to actually meet those expectations.

If Crabtree had not been declared ineligible, he might have played a great deal, of course, but he also may have been gathering splinters while languishing behind Tech's celebrated senior trio. Instead, Crabtree worked as a scout team receiver, and to hear him tell it, learned a great deal.

"My whole redshirt year I was running with the scout team and some with the first team trying to get better and doing what I can to get better," Crabtree affirms.

"Like the scout team, I just tried to work on my routes, tried to work on my speed. I just used the scout team to make me better."

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