Crabtree Named to Playboy All-America Team
May 16, 2008
LUBBOCK, Texas - Sophomore wide receiver Michael Crabtree (Dallas, Texas/Carter) has been selected to the 2008 Playboy 52nd Anniversary All-America Team. He is the eighth Red Raider to be honored with the distinction as former Red Raiders named to the team include E.J. Holub (1960), Dan Irons (1977), Ted Watts (1980), Tracy Saul (1992), Ricky Williams (1999), Aaron Hunt (2002) and Joel Filani (2006).
Crabtree is coming off of the most prolific season in NCAA history for a freshman wide receiver after catching 134 passes for 1,962 yards and 22 touchdowns, all NCAA freshman records. Additionally, he was honored with the prestigious Fred Biletnikoff Award and the Paul Warfield Trophy as the nation's top receiver. Crabtree was one of eight unanimous consensus All-Americans in 2007, having been named to the first team of the five NCAA-recognized All-America teams.
"This is a tremendous compliment to Michael and his talents," Texas Tech Head Coach Mike Leach said. "He is deserving of every award that comes his way, and to be named to the Playboy All-America team is no exception. This is a highly coveted award and he is in the company of many great players, past and present, who have been named to the team."
The publication is celebrating its 52nd year of the Playboy All-American tradition, a tradition that has included such players as Dan Marino, John Elway, Troy Aikman, Barry Sanders, Michael Vick and Peyton Manning. Coaches such as USC's Pete Carroll and former Alabama great Paul "Bear" Bryant also have been honored by the publication.