So you're probably asking yourself, who is Michael...damn! Who is that? Well, I would be remiss if I didn't post this picture of the beautiful Danielle Luan, Britain's Miss World, for my loyal readers. What does she have to do with Michael Crabtree? Google it yourself, smartass! It just so happens Michael Crabtree is a writer for commondreams.org, and Miss Luan was his picture for that particular story...the first image listed under Michael Crabtree. So I get to waste time writing this paragraph, and you get to waste time staring at yet another woman you have no chance with.
SO, to answer your first question, Michael Crabtree, the football player, is a redshirt freshman wide receiver on Texas Tech's football team. Sure they have Graham Harrell and they air it out as much as Hawaii, so guys in those schemes are bound to have inflated numbers, but not like this. Check out kid's statline:
@SMU - 12 rec, 106 yards, 3 TDs
UTEP - 15 rec, 188 yards, 2 TDs
@Rice - 11 rec, 244 yards, 3 TDs
@Okie St - 14 rec, 237 yards, 3 TDs (and he dropped the winning TD pass)
Keep in mind a freshman is putting up these numbers. These gawdy, Playstation-like numbers. I had a chance to watch this kid, and he's got...forgive the comparison 'cuz I realize everyone uses it...Reggie Bush ability. Personally I don't think you can compare anyone in the game to Reggie Bush, but the closest one may just be Crabtree in a year or two. He's got big running back size 6'2, 208, and stealthy running back moves, only he's flanked out wide with great hands.
Coming out of high school he was a 4 star athlete, ranked behind one Earl Alexander of Crimson Tide (non)fame. Alexander was a QB, projected at QB/WR for the Tide, and currently he's in a logjam at the receiver position at the Capstone, ranked 7th on the team with 4 receptions for 40 yards. If Alexander is ANYthing like Crabtree, I won't worry so much when DJ Hall, Keith Brown, and Matt Caddell leave for (hopefully) brighter pastures.
So, as a defensive back-minded reporter, I give a tip of the hat to Michael Crabtree and urge each of my readers to catch a Texas Tech game this year to see a glimpse of the future All-American Big XII wideout. Oh, and Mikey, thanks for pushing me over the 200 point margin each week in college fantasy. Gotta love it.