October 10, 2007

Crabtree deserves a Heisman look

The Texas Tech Red Raiders have themselves a bona fide Heisman Trophy candidate. Whether that candidate, freshman wide receiver Michael Crabtree, is a legitimate candidate for the most storied individual award in all of sports right now or at some later point in his career is the question. With each new jaw-dropping performance, however, it looks more and more like the future could be now for Crabtree.

Any and all Heisman talk begins, even if it does not end, with statistics. Stats are, after all, the only objective measure of performance in football. To get one's foot in the Heisman door, therefore, one must sport some pretty gaudy numbers. And by that standard, Crabtree is not only on the Heisman chart, he blows it to smithereens.

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After only six games Crabtree has 70 receptions for 1,074 yards and 17 touchdowns. He averages a very impressive 15.3 yards per catch. Crabtree's 179 receiving yards per game leads the nation by a full nine yards. His 11.7 receptions per contest is 1.3 better than his nearest competitor. Crabtree also leads the nation in scoring with 102 points, which is an astounding 30 points more than the people who are chasing him.

Crabtree has also already shattered or soon will shatter a bevy of records. He owns the Texas Tech record for touchdown receptions in a single season and may well finish the season with 150% more touchdown catches than the previous record-holder, Joel Filani.

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