Sprinting To Spring: Wide Receivers

Texas Tech graduated 3 of the greatest receivers to ever play at Jones AT&T stadium. Between them they totaled 2,505 yards, 26 touchdowns, and over half of the Air Raid's total passing offense. Yet, they no longer wear Red and Black, instead seeking their fortune at the next level. Come inside as Red Raider football analyst Mitchell Fish talks about the players that will fill the void left behind.

X Receiver

X-Wide Receiver-Split End-The X, or split end, is usually the tallest and most physical receiver on the team and isn't afraid to go up and get the ball or take a shot going across the middle to get the first down.

X-Depth Chart- Todd Walker (Starter) LA Reed (2nd String) Lyle Leong (RS) *Tramain Swindall* (Wild Card)

X-WR Todd Walker

Todd Walker- Todd Walker is the type of player that makes you appreciate football. He isn't the largest player on the field but is almost certainly the fastest. He does an outstanding job of finding holes in zone coverage and has the potential to be a stretch the field type of deep threat playmaker. He earns the starting nod because of his speed and upside, with a little practice with quarterback Graham Harrell, Walker can be step in and help fill the void at X left behind by Jarrett Hicks.

LA Reed- LA is a tall and physically gifted receiver. He has the strength to break tackles and the agility to make the first player miss. With the ball in his hands, he can easily make normally terrific defends look like high school players. Reed is easily able to play any position on the team and his versatility is something that truly comes in handy, especially if the Red Raiders get into any injury troubles. While he doesn't get the starting nod, you can look for Reed to make plays when given the opportunity.

Lyle Leong- Leong is a very intriguing prospect, coming in at the third spot on the split end depth chart. Leong signed with the Red Raiders in 2006 but was a grey-shirt, meaning that he counts against the 2007 signing class. He has the height and size to be a good wide receiver but his leaping ability is what makes him so exciting to watch. His ability to go up in the air and snatch a ball is something that rivals even that of former Raider great Jarrett Hicks. While his ability to contribute immediately is unknown, he can certainly start building his list of accomplishments next season.

*Traimain Swindall*-Swindall is your wild card choice at X receiver. He looks to be ready to contribute at the Division 1 level and is a good fit for the X position. He has the speed, strength, and size to make plays down the field and make all the plays required of the X receiver.

H Receiver

H-Inside receiver- The H-back is normally the shortest of the starting receivers but the most agile and quickest cutting. The H-back normally uses his speed and maneuverability to turn the nickel and/or dime corner inside out.

H-depth chart- Danny Amendola (Starter) Eric Morris (2nd String) *Detron Lewis* (Wild Card)

H-WR Danny Amendola

Danny Amendola- Danny Amendola has been the starting H inside receiver for the past two seasons and he is the only returning starter from the 2006 receiving corp. He has shown to be a solid receiver with the speed and agility to turn a 5 yard out into a 50 yard touchdown. Amendola has shown a knack for converting 3rd downs and being a very difficult player for opposing defenses to match up against.

Eric Morris- Eric has shown that he is an exceptionally quick and has the ability to stop on a dime. Morris is deceptively strong and a good leaper for a receiver of such short stature. He seems to always find a way to get open and is definitely the type of player that should be expected to make an impact next season.

*Detron Lewis*- Detron is the wildcard pick at H. He is fast and a good route runner but lacks the true height to play on the outside at either X or Z. He has good speed and a terrific burst off of the line. He could easily fill a role similar to that of Nehemiah Glover or Wes Welker, slightly undersized but with very good acceleration and deceptively fast.

Y Receiver

Y-Inside Receiver/Tight end- The Y receiver is one of two inside receiver positions that take care of a lot of the shorter yardage routes including curls, slants and outs. When the quarterback is in trouble, the Y is usually the first direction that he looks.

Y-depth chart- Grant Walker (Starter) Adrian Reese (Big Y) Adam James (3rd String) *Jacob Amie* (Wild Card)

Y-WR Grant Walker

Grant Walker- Grant is a player who falls into a category very similar to that of former Texas Tech receiver Trey Haverty. While he is not the tallest or fastest receiver on the field, Walker will most likely have the best hands on the field. He is outstanding at finding openings in coverage, much like his brother. He also has a knack for realizing when the quarterback is in trouble and working his way into an open space to give the quarterback an outlet receiver.

Adrian Reese- Reese is hardly your regular receiver by any means. At an imposing 6 feet 6 inches tall, he fills the roll of the Big Y receiver, blocking TE. Adrian will typically enter the game in short yardage situations as a blocker but showed as last season progressed that his hands were improving. With continued work, Adrian could become more than just a blocking specialist and find his way into the regular rotation at the Y inside receiver position.

Adam James- Adam is another player that signed with Texas Tech in 2006 but was a grey-shirt and also counts against the 2007 signing class. Adam is a player that was signed as a tight-end but has the skills to play a position very similar to the one that was occupied by Bristol Olumua during his time on the Tech campus. James not only played as a tight-end but also played as a slot and wide receiver. He has good size and is very difficult to tackle, especially by a defensive back one-on-one.

*Jacob Amie*- Jacob Amie takes the wild card slot at the Y inside receiver position. Amie fits into a mold similar to that of former Red Raider inside receiver Robert Johnson but taller, stronger, and faster. Amie comes in at an impressive 6 feet 4 inches tall and 215 pounds. That bulk and height makes it extremely unlikely that Amie will be tackled easily and one of his greatest strengths is his ability to simply run over and maul any defender in his path.

Z Receiver

Z Wide Receiver-Flanker- The Z receiving position is primarily the deep receiving position. Z is the position that will typically stretch the field and can cause fits for any defensive scheme, especially with all of the screens and end-arounds that the flanker can be expected to run.

Z-depth chart- Edward Britton (Starter) Michael Crabtree (2nd String) *Jacoby Franks* (Wild Card)

Z-WR Edward Britton

Edward Britton- Britton was one of the young players that showed flashes of greatness last season. While he didn't rack up overly impressive stats or score an incredible number of touchdowns, Edward showed that he has all the tools to be a dangerous receiver in Texas Techs' offense. Britton is a converted running back who brings all of the agility from his previous position and marries that with incredibly quick foot and a good burst at the line. A physical downfield blocker, Britton can also run the end around as made famous by Wes Welker and used sparingly by Joel Filani. Britton can also be expected to run the "slip screen" that Nehemiah Glover frustrated so many defenses with, particularly because his slightly shorter height will allow him to hide behind offensive linemen until he is flying do the football field.

Michael Crabtree- Crabtree would probably have been one of the younger players who made an impact this past season had he not red-shirted. He is a player in the mold of Joel Filani with good speed, great strength, and an uncanny ability to catch the deep ball while leaving opposing defensive backs in the dust. Crabtree can break tackles much like Filani did and he has the same tenacity when it comes to fighting with defends for the football. Crabtree will most likely compete for the starting position but except for a few special case, Coach Mike Leach has not started a red-shirt freshman at wide receiver.

*Jacoby Franks*- If you don't know this name, you will before his time in Lubbock is over. Franks is an explosive receiver with terrific acceleration and a burst off the line of scrimmage that is very good at leaving corners attempting to play press coverage behind at the line of scrimmage. His greatest asset is terrific body control and his willingness to sacrifice his body to make the play that the team needs.

Come back next week as Mitchell Fish continues his "Sprinting to Spring" analysis, this time covering the offensive line that will fight in the trenches for the Texas Tech Red Raiders in the 2007 season.

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