May 21, 2007
Key Red Raiders: #24 Kobey Lewis
A huge number of factors go into the success of any football team. In this series, we will be examining 25 of them. More specifically, we will be taking a reverse-order look at the 25 players who will be most crucial if the Texas Tech Red Raiders are to have a successful 2007 season, however that may be defined.
This is not, however, a list of the best players on the team. Rather, this series takes into consideration the importance of a given position on the team, depth issues, experience and inexperience, and the historic strengths and weaknesses of Mike Leach's program. The results, therefore, may surprise many readers, and will hopefully spur spirited discussion and debate.
KOBEY LEWIS: Were it not for a good deal of depth, L. A. Reed, the #25 entry in this series would certainly have ranked higher. Much the same can be said for #24 Kobey Lewis, whose current substitute is last year's starter, Shannon Woods. Indeed, the general consensus seems to be that Lewis' current designation as a starter is more a function of Mike Leach's desire to light a fire under Woods than a real reflection of who will be Tech's bell-cow in 2007.
But, you know what? We just don't know for sure, and neither does Woods. And for that reason alone, Lewis merits strong consideration as a crucial player for next season.
If Lewis starts the season-opener against SMU, he will almost certainly best his entire output for 2006, which consisted of a measly seven carries for 24 yards and six receptions for 20 yards. That stat-line is not enough to tell us what Lewis is capable of, but it certainly indicates that he will be an inexperienced player going into 2007.
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