June 7, 2007

Key Red Raiders: #21 Jonathan Lacour

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.

JONATHAN LACOUR: Hard to believe that a true freshman punter could be a borderline top-twenty most crucial player for a top-twenty-five caliber college football program, but there you have it. Texas Tech's incoming punter from Kingwood will undoubtedly be a vital cog in the team's success or a dose of sugar in its fuel tank. He is that important.

One of the reasons for LaCour's importance is the fact that the punting job is his before he ever arrives on campus. And how many true freshmen in the country can honestly say that they are running first-team the moment they sign their letter of intent? Darn few.

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