July 12, 2007
Key Red Raiders: #13 Brandon Carter
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.
BRANDON CARTER: Were depth in the form of Stephen Hamby not so good at the right guard position, Brandon Carter's position-ranking would probably be a little higher than #13. Indeed, as of this writing, Hamby and Carter are virtually deadlocked for the starting role at that spot. And that is a testament not only to the back injury that sidelined Carter for most of spring drills, but also to Hamby's ability.
But ability is something Carter also possesses, and in an abundance equivalent to his massive six-foot-six 355-pound physiognomy. Watching him perform, it is difficult to believe that he is only a sophomore; Carter has that sort of polish. And what a delicious prospect that must be for Mike Leach and new line coach Matt Moore! They get to contour the development of this talented behemoth for two or three more seasons.
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