Texas Tech football: The best seasons by a receiver in Red Raider history

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NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 22: Wide receiver Michael Crabtree
NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 22: Wide receiver Michael Crabtree /

No. 1: Crabtree 2007

The greatest season in Texas Tech history by a receiver, and perhaps by any player regardless of position, is Michael Crabtree’s 2007 campaign.  That year, he set program records in yards (1,962, a national record for a freshman), receptions (134), and TDs (22).

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After beginning his career by redshirting due to an issue with his high school transcripts, he took the nation by storm in 2007.

He began the year with seven-straight 100-yard games including five over 150 yards and two over 200.  He also had four straight double-digit reception games to start the year.

That season, Crabtree averaged 150.9 yards, 10.3 catches, and 1.6 TDs per game.  Those numbers are simply mind-blowing.

His best game was an 11-catch, 244-yard, 3-TD performance against Rice in Houston.  Though the opponent was inferior, that game, which came after two straight 100-yard games, that performance seemed to be when the nation started to truly take notice of what Tech’s star freshman was doing on the field.

But his most memorable performance that year came in an upset of OU in Lubbock.  Facing the No. 3 Sooners, Crabtree caught 12-passes for 154 yards and a TD.  He had a 54-yard catch and run that should have been ruled a TD that changed the game in the first half as Tech pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the Leach era.

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It’s tough to imagine that we will ever see another player like Crabtree or another year like his 2007.  But hopefully in 2020, at least one of the Red Raider receivers will come close to putting up a season that belongs somewhere on this list.