September 2, 2007

Key Red Raiders: #2 Ra'jon Henley

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.

Ra'jon Henley: Sometimes statistics can be deceiving. Take Red Raider sophomore defensive tackle Ra'jon Henley, for instance. As a true freshman playing in 11 games he compiled a whopping 14 tackles and one tackle for a loss. That's it. But such a stat is extremely misleading with regard both to Henley's talent and his importance to the 2007 Texas Tech football team.

That football team may well go only as far as the defense allows it to go. And note the phrasing there. The defense will not be charged with "taking" the team anywhere. That is the responsibility of the offense, which has repeatedly demonstrated the ability to single-handedly destroy the opposition and win games on its own.

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