June 26, 2007

Key Red Raiders: #16 Chad Hill

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.

CHAD HILL: Regardless of how many Texas Tech fans may feel about it, Chad Hill still IS the Red Raiders' starting weakside linebacker. And despite rumblings to the contrary from on high in the person of Mike Leach himself, we have no real evidence that seniority rather than potential will cease being the prime determinant of playing time on the defensive side of the ball. That being the case, there is every reason to think that Hill will remain the team's starter as long as he is healthy despite the possibility that Marlon Williams, and especially Julius Howard may be more talented players. And based upon that reason alone, Hill belongs in the top 20 of Tech's most crucial players for 2007.

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