March 1, 2007

Spring Preview: The Wideouts

OUTGOING PLAYERS: Joel Filani, Robert Johnson, Jarrett Hicks

2006 SEASON STATS: Filani (91 receptions, 1,300 yards, 14.3 yards per catch, 13 TDs); Johnson (89 receptions, 871 yards, 9.8 yards per catch, 11 TDs); Hicks (25 receptions, 334 yards, 13.4 yards per catch, 2 TDs)

MOST DIFFICULT QUALITIES TO REPLACE: Filani (running ability with the ball); Johnson (reliable hands); Hicks (talented presence on left side of field)

THE STARTERS: X, L.A. Reed; Z, Michael Crabtree; H, Danny Amendola; Y, Grant Walker

THE COMPETITORS: X, Todd Walker; Z, Edward Britton; H, Eric Morris; Y, Adrian Reese

THE OUTLOOK: Joel Filani was one of the best receivers in Texas Tech football history and it will be impossible to adequately replace him-at least in 2007. His raw talent, of course, was superb; he was too big and physical for the vast majority of college corners to handle, yet he was also just fast enough to present a home run threat. In some respects, he was Tech's Terrell Owens.

Fortunately Filani had little of Owens' emotional baggage and that makes him even tougher to replace. Filani came to play every night, practiced hard, and was a solid teammate and leader.

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