June 18, 2007
Key Red Raiders: #18 Stephen Hamby
A huge number of factors go into the success of any football team. In this series, we will be examining 25 of them. More specifically, we will be taking a reverse-order look at the 25 players who will be most crucial if the Texas Tech Red Raiders are to have a successful 2007 season, however that may be defined.
This is not, however, a list of the best players on the team. Rather, this series takes into consideration the importance of a given position on the team, depth issues, experience and inexperience, and the historic strengths and weaknesses of Mike Leach's program. The results, therefore, may surprise many readers, and will hopefully spur spirited discussion and debate.
STEPHEN HAMBY: One certainly does not have to be a four-star quarterback to be important to the team. Take right guard Stephen Hamby, for instance. Here is an obscure former walk-on playing one of the most unsung and humble positions in all of football, yet he will play a key role in any success that Texas Tech enjoys in 2007.
The 6-foot-3, 290-pound junior from San Antonio is currently locked in a battle with Brandon Carter for the starting spot at right guard.
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