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.
#TexasTech Fans – Who is your Mount Rushmore for Texas Tech Receivers? Top 4 all-time.
— Scott Lacefield (@ScottLacefield) January 7, 2014
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.
@ScottLacefield M. Crab J Hicks Glover L. Hill
— Lyle Leong Jr. (@LillyRon19) January 8, 2014