Get Out and Vote! Harrell-Crabtree '08

Michael PeresContributor IOctober 22, 2008

When the 2008 college football season started and the experts sent in their requisite "Who is going to win the Heisman this year?" articles, most believed that Graham Harrell and Michael Crabtree would split votes, therefore cancelling each other out. 

That still may be the case, but one thing stands out as a good sign for Tech fans in this regard. 

Instead of refusing to comment or dodging the media, the two Red Raiders have chosen to take a fun and comical approach at all the hoopla.  Their message, you ask?  Just check out the campaign site and listen to why each player deserves the trophy.

Through this one of a kind website, both Heisman hopefuls deliver their message to America on why each one of them deserves the prestigious award.  The website, as well as their on the field chemistry, shows the unique relationship between two of the most highly touted athletes in Texas Tech history.

Their willingness to always try to make the other person look better has created gaudy stats over the past year and a half for both players.

Some argue that it's the system, and as long as Mike Leach is around, that argument most certainly deserves some merit.  However, Texas Tech is in a position over the next four games to make or break their program.  They win all four or even three of the four, and they have a legitimate chance at a BCS bowl and possibly a national title.

Even though the system will always produce high-powered offense, Harrell and Crabtree deserve the lion's share of the credit for taking it to the next level.

Texas Tech's first real test of the season comes at 12:00 ET this Saturday in Lawrence against another potent offense.  While Kansas isn't known for its lockdown, defense they do have some players with the ability to wreak havoc on Tech's offense. 

Jake Laptad is a sophomore defensive end who already has five sacks and six tackles for a loss.  Last weekend, when the Red Raiders had trouble on offense, it was because of pressure on Graham and the inability to run the ball early.

Laptad will have a key role in helping ignite both of those sparks, and if the Red Raiders hope to rock the Jayhawks defense, containing Laptad is at the top of the to do list.

Even though half the season is already over, the true campaign for the Texas Tech Red Raiders will begin this weekend in Kansas.  Vegas has Kansas as one-point favorites going into Saturday, and although the tough stretch is just starting for Texas Tech, I think this weekend will show the nation why I am voting Harrell-Crabtree '08—and why you should too.