Dec 8, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker (83) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the first half against the Tennessee Titans at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos won 51-28. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Mount Rushmore of Texas Tech Receivers

December 1, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree (15) runs a route during the first quarter against the St. Louis Rams at Candlestick Park. The 49ers defeated the Rams 23-13. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

If there’s one position for which Texas Tech football is nationally renown, it’s receiver.

Whether wideouts, inside receivers, tight ends or running backs, anyone and everyone is involved with the passing game in Lubbock, and have been for over a decade. The numbers may be slightly inflated because of the “system,” but no one can deny how talented and proficient Tech pass catchers have been over the years in both college and the pros.

So that begs the toughest question of all: who are the four best receivers in Tech football history? A Mount Rushmore, if you will. Tuesday afternoon, Tech athletics SID Scott Lacefield posed the question on Twitter.

Fan response was immediate. Here’s how the greats rank, according to replies on Twitter.

T-1. WR Michael Crabtree (21 votes)

T-1. IR Wes Welker (21 votes)

2. TE Jace Amaro (13)

3. IR Danny Amendola (7)

T-4. WR Eric Ward (5)

T-4. WR Jarrett Hicks (5)

T-4. WR Lloyd Hill (5)

5. WR Joel Filani (3)

T-6. IR Nehemiah Glover (2)

T-6. RB Taurean Henderson (2)

T-6. SE Dave Parks (2)

T-7. IR Carlos Francis (1)

T-7. WR Rodney Blackshear (1)

Of the 13 players who received votes, all but one had some form of pro careers, three are currently active NFL players, and two are projected draft picks this spring. Not a bad legacy. But, according to the fan vote, Crabtree, Welker, Amendola and Amaro stand out from the rest.

What do you think? Who are the four best receivers in Tech football history? Who got snubbed from the above list? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

And, if you’re curious, here’s how Lyle Leong (2nd in career TDs with 32) voted.


Next Red Raiders Game Full schedule »

Tags: Big 12 Danny Amendola Jace Amaro Michael Crabtree Texas Tech Football Texas Tech Red Raiders Wes Welker

comments powered by Disqus