Big 12 Media Day: Texas Tech Red Raiders

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - There are a lot of things that I would trust Mike Leach to do. I would trust the Texas Tech head football coach to design an offense and call plays. He is very qualified for that. I would trust the law school graduate to argue a case in court. Leach can be very convincing and if he were a politician he would be my first choice for a filibuster.

I would trust Leach, a full fledged pirate enthusiast to review the next edition of The Pirates of the Carribbean movie series.

But I don't trust Leach to pick players out to come and speak with the media at Big 12 Conference Media Days in Kansas City. Leach brought with him Duke transfer and safety Daniel Charbonnet, inside receiver Eric Morris, and cornerback Jamar Wall.

Okay, that's two defensive players to one offensive. A strange ratio for the guy that sometimes forgets to notice the defense, except when his defense gives up more points than his high scoring offense, which it did in painful fashion for Leach last October in Stillwater.

Where were quarterback Graham Harrell and wide receiver Michael Crabtree? Leach said they were fine and the media was invited to come visit the standout passing pair in their natural habitat in Lubbock, Texas. Leach even acted as a travel agent by advising travelers to go through Love Field rather than DFW. Leach the travel agent? I guess I could trust him to do that. He certainly knows how to move his offense from point A to point B.

The good thing about bringing Morris, who has the nickname Elf, is that he told the goods on Leach and his offense. Morris told a small group of us media that the Texas Tech playbook is actually very small and includes several option routes and plenty of formations. The secret to Leach's offensive madness is repetion, running those few plays over and over and over again.

You may have known that but Morris confirmed it. He also confirmed that the Red Raiders believe they are going to be good and the real challenge is not looking ahead to some showdowns that look really fun on the schedule. Morris said he and his teammates are focused on Eastern Washington, then Nevada, then SMU and finally UMass before the start of conference play at Kansas State.

Tech is simple, Tech is good, and Leach is confusing. I picked the Red Raiders third in the South with a 10-2 record and 6-2 in the Big 12. I'm sticking with that prediction.

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