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January 13, 2009Texas Tech sophomore wide receiver Michael Crabtree announced at a press conference Tuesday that he will forgo his remaining collegiate eligibility and declare for the 2009 NFL Draft. The two-time Biletnikoff Award winner and unanimous consensus All-American is projected by many services as a Top 10, and in some mock drafts, Top 5 pick.
During the press conference, Crabtree thanked Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach and outside receivers coach Dennis Simmons and indicated that he believed that he had accomplished everything he could in college
This news was not entirely unexpected, as RedRaiderSports.com first reported last Monday that Crabtree would be announcing his intentions to leave for the NFL. Several days later, Crabtree's father, also named Michael Crabtree, told a Lubbock newspaper that his son would be declaring for the draft.
In two seasons at Texas Tech, Crabtree caught 231 passes for 3,127 yards and 41 touchdowns.