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Crabtree Named AP Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year
Texas Tech sensation leads the nation with 125 receptions, 1,861 receiving yards and 21 receiving touchdowns.
Written by Chris Cook
Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree (Dallas, Texas/Carter) was selected the Associated Press Big 12 Conference Offensive Newcomer of the Year on Wednesday. The honor is one of many for the talented redshirt freshman.
Crabtree’s performance in his inaugural collegiate season has been nothing short of amazing as his exploits on the field have arguably translated into the best receiving season in NCAA history by a freshman. He leads the nation with 125 receptions; 1,861 receiving yards; and 21 receiving touchdowns. His yardage total is an NCAA freshman record, while his 21 scores represent NCAA, Big 12 and Texas Tech single-season marks. Crabtree’s 125 receptions break the previous NCAA freshman mark of 98, set by former Texas Tech running back Taurean Henderson in 2002.
In addition to being named AP Big 12 Freshman of the Year, Crabtree also received the Biletnikoff Award, presented annually to the nation’s top receiver. He also has been named to the Rivals.com and Scout.com Freshman All-America Teams and was voted to the Big 12 Coaches First Team and awarded league co-offensive freshman of the year honors earlier this week.
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