June 11, 2007

Key Red Raiders: #20 Chris Parker

A huge number of factors go into the success of any football team. In this series, we will be examining 25 of them. More specifically, we will be taking a reverse-order look at the 25 players who will be most crucial if the Texas Tech Red Raiders are to have a successful 2007 season, however that may be defined.

This is not, however, a list of the best players on the team. Rather, this series takes into consideration the importance of a given position on the team, depth issues, experience and inexperience, and the historic strengths and weaknesses of Mike Leach's program. The results, therefore, may surprise many readers, and will hopefully spur spirited discussion and debate.

CHRIS PARKER: This senior cornerback from Dallas will be an important factor for the 2007 Red Raiders by virtue of the fact that he should start. But there are many reasons he does not rank higher in the Key Player index.

To begin with, the secondary should be the soundest and most stable unit on the Texas Tech defense by a long shot. In addition to Parker, safeties Joe Garcia and Darcel McBath are returning starters. Jamar Wall completes what should be a very good starting quartet. Thus, even were Parker not in the picture, the Red Raider secondary would probably get along quite well.

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