Raising the Bar

At 5'10" Carlos Francis isn't usually the biggest receiver on the field, but he makes up for it with world-class speed and great competitiveness. This competitive nature has made him one of the leaders of the talented Texas Tech receivers.

Carlos Francis is happy with the way fall practice has gone on both sides of the ball. "Offense came together really well with B.J. at the helm, he's been a leader to us. The defense is coming along. They're learning a lot, but they're coming along fast," said Francis. He's also happy with the way things have gone for him as an individual. "I'm having fun. I'm doing really well, enjoying it. B.J. is throwing a good ball," said Francis. Even though he has had a great fall workout, he gives a lot of credit to his fellow receivers. ". What makes my job so easy is Mickey, Wes, and Nehemiah. They're such great receivers, that you can never double anybody in our offense, and that makes it really easy for us as individual receivers," said Francis.

The Texas Tech receivers have an amazing collection of talent. The most impressive aspect of the group is the depth of the talent. While the Red Raiders may not have the best receiver in the nation, they do have the most talented group of receivers in the nation. Is there a better group out there somewhere? "I don't think so. If there is, I'd like to see them. I'd give them props," said Francis. Even with that amount of confidence in the receivers, Carlos knows that there is always room for improvement. Right now the focus is on blocking. "We pride ourselves on being the best. It's one thing to be good at routes and everything, but we like to be the best at blocking," said Francis. "That's our goal."

After a successful 2002 campaign, the Texas Tech receivers know they have to continue to improve if they are going to be the best. "We're going to take it to a whole ‘nother level this year," said Francis. This attitude isn't jus for the starters, all of the receivers are constantly pushing to improve their games. "I think the receivers this year are excited, they're strong. Taking nothing from the past receivers, but this year we have to step it up to a whole ‘nother level," said Francis. This attitude has made the competition at wide receiver tougher than ever. Even though it looks like the starting spots are pretty well established, Carlos insists that nothing is ever set. "Every day could be your last day to start, and that's the way everybody is playing right now," said Francis. More than anything, With the season almost here, there's only one thing on the mind of Carlos Francis. "SMU, they got to come to the Jones," said Francis. Yes they do, and they have the unenviable task of being the first team to see the 2003 Texas Tech wide receivers.

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