LEACH: 3 old players in Super Bowl, so ...

THE QUESTION naturally begs. All the state of Washington is abuzz over the Super Bowl Seahawks but Mike Leach has three former players – including two offensive linemen – starting in the big game for Denver. In fact, Leach has more former players in the game than the combined total from Auburn, Alabama, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Ohio State and South Carolina.

So, Mike Leach, who you got in this one?

"I'm excited for the Northwest but I want my guys to do well. I basically hope it is a good, exciting game," Leach told Cougfan.com.

Okay we see what you did there.

Leach's three former players in Sunday's Super Bowl from his days at Texas Tech are offensive guard Louis Vasquez, center Manuel Ramirez and wide receiver Wes Welker.

Leach's trio represents more than one-quarter of the Denver offense.

A coach having three players on active Super Bowl rosters is rare. Leach's three is more than the past five national champions.

Had Seattle lost to San Francisco in the NFC title game, Michael Crabtree would have been the fourth Leach player in the Super Bowl.

Welker is often brought up as an example of a hugely productive Leach wideout despite not having the prototype measurables -- and being lightly recruited (by all except Leach.) But last week, Leach told the Denver Post he is especially proud of his two o-linemen, Ramirez and Vasquez, calling them the "the unsung heroes" of their teams at Tech.

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