It's Official-Michael Crabtree to Enter 2009 NFL Draft!

Published on January 13, 2009 by     Seahawk Fanatic

michael_crabtree_300_2501Two years of college football, two years of being chosen the best receiver in the country. There wasn’t much left for Texas Tech’s Michael Crabtree to accomplish.

So now he’s eager to see how he’ll do in the NFL.

Crabtree said Tuesday he’s giving up his final two years of eligibility because he thinks he’s ready for pro football. The first challenge is finding out how high he’ll go in the draft.

“As far as I’ve seen, top 5. That’s what I’m striving for,” Crabtree said.

Tall, strong and fast enough, Crabtree averaged 120.3 yards and 1.6 touchdowns per game in college, extraordinarily high numbers even in coach Mike Leach’s video game-esque offense.

His career totals of 231 catches for 3,127 yards and 41 touchdowns would be remarkable over three or four years. Compiled over only two years, it’s no wonder he was an All-American both seasons and was a two-time winner of the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top receiver. He was fifth in voting for the Heisman Trophy this past season. “I feel like the next level will be a big challenge for me and I’m looking forward to it,” Crabtree said.

He’s already taken to the lifestyle of a star pro receiver.

Crabtree held his news conference at an upscale hotel in a suburb north of Dallas. It was orchestrated by Deion Sanders, and there was talk of the advice he’s gotten from another buddy, Michael Irvin.

In the parking lot outside, his car bore the license plate “Crab 5.” The same message was attached to both front doors. The car was as shiny as the pair of diamond earrings Crabtree wore.

Some folks from Wells Fargo were among his many well-wishers, underscoring his other motivation for turning pro now — cashing on his success without risking injury or a substandard junior season, which is possible considering the Red Raiders will be breaking in a new quarterback.

“It was hard when I was little. Money was a big problem,” Crabtree said. “I feel like this was the best decision.” Sanders and Irvin already have given Crabtree plenty of advice.

“The main thing is, it’s work. It’s your job now,” Crabtree said. “You’ve got to wake up every day working.”

Former Olympic champion Michael Johnson will oversee Crabtree’s pre-draft training. The top priority is improving his speed, although he also must get over an ankle injury that slowed him during the Cotton Bowl, when he was held to a career-low 30 yards receiving.

Crabtree will attend the combine, but won’t run. He’ll save that for a Pro Day event that will be held in Dallas. “I’m a learner,” he said. “I just can’t wait to learn. I’m ready.”

Texas Tech defensive end Brandon Williams also announced Tuesday that he’s entering the draft. The reigning Big 12 sack leader is projected to be a third-round pick, but that was good enough for him.

“A lot of the coaches wanted me to come back, but I talked to my parents and we decided it was time to go,” Williams said.

Crabtree’s decision wasn’t a surprise. The surprise is that he became this good, this fast.

A running quarterback in high school, he doesn’t even remember the scant number of passes he caught.

“About two?” he said.

Crabtree redshirted while making the conversion to college receiver, catching tennis balls fired from a machine to help improve his hands. That extra year also puts him three years removed from high school and, thus, eligible for the draft.

After a record-shattering freshman season, he put up strong numbers again this year against defenses aiming to stop him. His most memorable play was a tackle-busting spin into the end zone with 1 second left to knock off top-ranked Texas in Lubbock. Texas Tech went on to reach 10-0 and No. 2 in the nation, but lost two if its final three games and finished the year ranked 12th.

Leach said he enjoyed coaching Crabtree and wishes him the best.

“I’m just excited to see what the future holds for him,” Leach said.

Crabtree drew big laughs from family and friends when he said Tuesday that he decided to go pro only a few days before. He also talked about a two-hour chat he had with Leach immediately following the Cotton Bowl. “For 30 minutes, he was telling me about how I should stay,” Crabtree said, laughing heartily at his coach’s fondness for rambling conversations. “The other half, I don’t even remember. There was some pirates, some ski trips coming up

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Fair Use Notice This website may at times present copyrighted material, the use of which might not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. Such material is made available in an effort to advance understandings of democratic, economic, environmental, human rights, political, scientific, and social justice issues, among others. The author believes that this constitutes a fair use of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the U. S. Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the articles published on this website are distributed without profit for research and informational purposes. In most instances a link is placed to originator of Article and it is never expressly mentioned as written by, we use published by certain entities who write or publish for this said Blog..

Tell Us What's On Your Mind (0)




WP-SpamFree by Pole Position Marketing

REMEMBERING A LEGEND!

LATEST SEAHAWKS NEWS

12 things 12s need to know about the Seahawks’ Super Bowl send-off

12 tips to support the Seahawks on their send off to Super Bowl XLIX. The Seahawks are heading to ...
1111

‘U mad bro?’ game looms as Patriots, Seahawks prep for rematch

It was, in hindsight, the moment the Seattle Seahawks arrived as legitimate title contenders. And they announced themselves ...
Rc5cX.AuSt.5

You mad, bro? Not with all these story lines for Seahawks-Patriots Super Bowl

Good thing there’s still two weeks until the Super Bowl. This Seahawks-Patriots pairing needs that long to fit in ...
150120-lynch-660

Recapping Marshawn Lynch’s record day vs Green Bay Packers

Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch ran for a franchise postseason record 157 yards in Sunday's NFC Championship against ...
LNK1J.AuSt.5

“We just kept believing”: Wilson to Kearse in overtime sends Seahawks back to Super Bowl

The team that champions “finish” as not just a mantra — more like a livelihood — pulled off ...
150118-primesport-release

Game at a glance: Seahawks 28, Packers 22 in OT

By scoring 21 points in the final 5½ minutes on Sunday, the Seahawks dug themselves out of 16-0 ...
yH8sA.AuSt.5

“Scary”: Kam Chancellor’s 2 weeks off in November changed him, Seahawks

Is there a more frightening sight in the NFL than the dark, piercing eyes of Kam Chancellor — ...
150111rodgers660

Packers return to CenturyLink Field for NFC title game

The Seahawks and Green Bay Packers opened the 2014 NFL season at CenturyLink Field on Sept. 4. Next ...

Shop for 2014 Seahawks Gameday Gear at NFLShop.com

Shop for 2014 Seahawks Gameday Gear at NFLShop.com

lat-noise-wre0011368363-20130915

WELCOME TO THE SEAHAWKS 12TH MAN ARMY.

WE TAKE PRIDE IN GIVING SEAHAWKS FANS AROUND THE CLOCK UPDATES,  ALL SEAHAWKS ALL THE TIME. SO IF YOU WANT THE LATEST SEAHAWKS NEWS DELIVERED FOR FREE RIGHT TO YOUR EMAIL BOX ONCE A WEEK, SIGN UP AND ENJOY!

WE HAVE BEEN PROUDLY SERVING DIEHARD SEAHAWKS FANS SINCE 2004.

Enter your Email

Preview | Powered by FeedBlitz