June 5, 2007

Key Red Raiders: #22 Alex Trlica

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.

ALEX TRLICA: Every player on a football team who gets significant playing time makes plays, or fails to make plays, which decide the outcome of games. Even an offensive lineman may determine a team's fate by making or missing a crucial block. Few positions, however, more obviously and directly affect the result of a game than place kicker.

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