RaiderPower Notebook

In this edition of the RaiderPower Notebook, we bring you the latest info on the Red Raider's new offensive formation, how the team plans to bounce back from the tough loss to Colorado, the story behind Harrell's interceptions, and much more.

8 interceptions in 2 games

Quarterback Graham threw 4 interceptions for the 2nd consecutive week last Saturday.  There are a lot of factors that can lead to an interception though, from a bad route run by a receiver to poor blocking from the offensive line.

"There were two interceptions I felt he was responsible for and two I didn't think he was responsible for," said Mike Leach. "I thought the first interception was a good read and should have been a catch. The second interception was awful on Graham's part. The third interception was a decent read and should have been a catch. The fourth interception should have never been thrown."

The same could be said about the Missouri game as well, on one interception in particular, which was tipped by Detron Lewis and returned for a touchdown by Missouri.

New offensive formation?

If you watched closely when the Red Raiders faced off against Colorado, you may have noticed a different look from the offense on a few plays.

The standard offensive set for Tech is 5 linemen, 4 receivers, a quarterback, and a running back.  A few times last Saturday a 6th offensive lineman marched out there.

"We've put (David) Schaefer there and we've put the other lineman who is a bigger, stronger and more imposing blocker there," said Leach.  "We've had that formation. We just put a different guy there. It's the same thing we've had (David) Schaefer in. We just put (Stephen) Hamby there instead."

Hamby is still getting used to the new role and has even earned himself a new nickname because of it.

"It's when I go in for the H
Back and I'm caddycorner to Marlon in the backfield," explained offensive lineman Stephen Hamby.  "We usually run the ball out of it and it works pretty well...It was a real random day; I walked in and they told me I was late, and the next thing you know I'm a halfback, so I don't consider myself a ‘fat guy' anymore, no big deal. It's kind of funny because I'm just standing there and I have to follow [Mike] Leach around which is awkward, and then they start yelling at me and I have run in there and the next thing you know, I have to run out. I think I'm ‘firststring' halfback on Slot [formation], so they can call me ‘Hamby Lane' or something like that [referring to Texas A&M's power back Jorvorskie Lane]."

Bouncing back from 2 losses

The losses to Colorado and Missouri hurt, but Texas Tech has been in this position before.

Last year, the Red Raiders lost to Missouri at home and Colorado on the road in 2 consecutive weeks, but bounced back to beat Iowa State and give Texas a run for their money in Lubbock.

"We're just trying to stay positive," said cornerback Chris Parker  "After two losses, you always want to stay positive and try to bounce back. You can't hold your head down, because if that happens, that will ruin the rest of the season, and we've got three games left we've got to worry about."

Leach attributes the losses to being a streaky team, where they play good for a period of time, but have mental lapses that cost them ball games.

"The biggest thing we're fighting right now is that we're a streaky team, which is kind of unfortunate. We've got good players that play hard and do a lot of good things," said Leach.  "We're just streaky right now. Some of it comes with youth, and we just have to push through and keep working. We're a team that has a lot of explosion and we're a team that when we play together, we can play with anybody."

Crabtree Named to Biletnikoff List

Texas Tech WR Michael Crabtree (Dallas, Texas) is arguably having the finest freshman receiving season in NCAA history and has been recognized for his efforts by The Tallahassee Quarterback Club. The organization named Crabtree one of 10 semifinalists for the prestigious Biletnikoff Award, presented annually to the nation's top receiver.

2007 Biletnikoff Award Semifinalists
Earl Bennett, Vanderbilt
Dorien Bryant, Purdue
Kennan Burton, Kentucky
Michael Crabtree, Texas Tech
Harry Douglas, Louisville
James Hardy, Indiana
Percy Harvin, Florida
DeSean Jackson, California
Mario Manningham, Michigan
Jordy Nelson, Kansas State
Brian Robiskie, Ohio State
Chris Williams, New Mexico State

Harrell Named O'Brien Semifinalist

Texas Tech junior QB Graham Harrell (Ennis, Texas) was named one of 15 semifinalists Monday for the prestigious Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award, presented annually to the nation's top quarterback. Harrell is the fourth quarterback since 2000 named to the semifinalist list – Kliff Kingsbury (2002), B.J. Symons (2003) and Cody Hodges (2005).

2007 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award Semifinalists
Todd Boeckman, Ohio State, Junior
Sam Bradford, Oklahoma, Freshman
Colt Brennan, Hawaii, Senior
Brian Brohm, Louisville, Senior
Shaun Carney, Air Force, Senior
Rudy Carpenter, Arizona State, Junior
Chase Daniel, Missouri, Junior
Dennis Dixon, Oregon, Senior
Graham Harrell, Texas Tech, Junior
Corey Leonard, Arkansas State, Sophomore
Todd Reesing, Kansas, Sophomore
Matt Ryan, Boston College, Senior
Tim Tebow, Florida, Sophomore
Pat White, West Virginia, Junior
Andre Woodson, Kentucky, Senior

Mike Leach Quotable

When asked if Baylor does anything special defensively, Coach Leach responded:

"They stick 11 out there that are trying to stop you and they stir and mix them around. Sometimes they can get you and sometimes they don't. Just stay away from them."

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