Mike Leach hit the proverbial home run when he brought former Oklahoma running back Seth Littrell on staff four years ago to coach the position. Littrell instills a hard work ethic into the players he coaches which reflects his coaching style.
In the short time he has been at Texas Tech, Littrell has made immediate impacts on the past and present. Former Red Raider running back Taurean Henderson closed out his career under Littrell in 2005, leaving the program with an NCAA-record 302 receptions for a running back and ranking fourth all-time in scoring for non-kickers with 414 points. Henderson was awarded an invitation to the 2006 NFL Scouting Combine for his efforts.
Last season saw the emergence of true freshman running back Aaron Crawford under Littrell's watchful eye. Crawford exploded onto the scene against Baylor with a four-touchdown performance, two on the ground and two through the air. He finished the season as the team's second-leading rusher and fifth-best receptions leader. Crawford also parlayed his experience during the season into an impressive performance in the Gator Bowl with the game-tying touchdown in the final minutes and several key rushes.
Littrell will face a welcome problem this season with four capable and talented running backs vying for time. In addition to Crawford, two-year starter Shannon Woods is back for his senior season. Baron Batch also is back after missing last season recovering from an injury.
The 2005 unit scored 25 times on the ground under Littrell and averaged over 100 yards per game for only the second time in the Mike Leach era. The touchdown total was the most in a single season since the Byron Hanspard-led Red Raiders scored 27 in 1996.
The big question entering the 2006 season dealt with replacing the versatile Henderson, who had started four seasons. Under Littrell's wing, all questions were answered immediately. Woods assumed the role and earned All-Big 12 Conference honors after averaging 6.1 yards per carry and scoring 10 touchdowns on the ground, while grabbing 75 receptions and scoring twice more through the air. His 139.1 all-purpose yards per game led the league and ranked 13th nationally. Woods also was the go-to guy in the dramatic overtime win over Minnesota in the Insight Bowl. He rushed for three yards up the middle for the game-winning score and his third touchdown of the night. The three rushing scores were the most by a single player since Hanspard's four in the 1995 Copper Bowl.
Off the field, Littrell's addition as a recruiter was a major boost for the Red Raiders. In just three years, Littrell has quickly become one of the top recruiters in the Big 12 Conference, landing top players from his home state and around Texas. Previously, Littrell was an offensive graduate assistant at Kansas during the 2004 season where he was part of a coaching staff that was instrumental in turning in one of the best offensive seasons in Jayhawk history. Kansas averaged 23.8 points per game and 314.5 yards of total offense. The KU passing game averaged 220.5 yards per game.
A four-year letterwinner at Oklahoma, Littrell was team captain on the Sooners' 2000 National Championship team and played under Leach during the 1999 season, when Leach was the OU offensive coordinator. Littrell rushed for 231 yards and seven touchdowns during his junior season, finished his career in 2000 with 11 rushing scores. He scored twice during his career on receptions. The Sooners also played in the 1999 Independence Bowl.
The Muskogee, Okla., native graduated from OU with a degree in communications in 2000.
Littrell and his wife, Becca, were married in July 2007.
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