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Freshman Phenom

Michael Crabtree celebrates after scoring one of his five touchdowns.
Michael Crabtree celebrates after scoring one of his five touchdowns.

Sept. 8, 2007

No one had to tell Michael Crabtree that records were made to be broken more than once. The redshirt-freshman receiver has broken three school receiving records in two games. Not bad for his first two games at receiver.

Crabtree opened the season strong with a debut to remember. He became the first freshman receiver to score three touchdowns in a season opener. Crabtree finished the game with 106 yards on 12 catches, and those three touchdowns.

His 12 catches were accumulated in only three quarters of work. With his 12th catch, a touchdown with 1:14 left in the third, Crabtree set a school record for receptions in three quarters.

His early success did not surprise many of his teammates.

"From the first day he got here he has been making plays." Says backup Taylor Potts, "No one is surprised at all to see him doing the things he does out there."

Even if his teammates expected him to play well, no one could expect the kind of production he has put up through two games. Crabtree did not disappoint in his encore performance against UTEP, putting up even more outlandish numbers. Crabtree ended the game with 15 receptions for 188 yards and two TDs.

With all these numbers he is putting up, it is hard to imagine that Crabtree did not even play receiver in is prep career. Primarily a quarterback at Carter high School in Dallas, Texas, Crabtree was also among the state's top 50 basketball recruits.

Despite putting up numbers that resemble some of the top receivers in the country, Crabtree does not become long winded when asked to comment on his performance.

"I am just out there doing my job," Crabtree said.

If that is all he is doing, Tech fans will be more than willing to watch him "do his job" for the next four years.



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