May 29, 2007

Key Red Raider: #23 Ed Britton

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.

EDWARD BRITTON: L.A. Reed, the #25 entry in this series, is currently the starter at the X-receiver position and, short of some sort of injury, shows no real indication that he will relinquish that spot. Reed came through this spring and did everything that was expected of him. But there are few other positions on the Tech roster, if any, in which the talent differential between starter and backup is so minute. And half of the reason for such an infinitesimal disparity is sophomore Edward Britton.

The converted high school running back from El Paso was fairly impressive in limited playing time as a freshman in 2006, latching onto 10 passes for 131 yards and rushing five times for 33 yards. And it is the ability to run the football that largely accounts for Britton's ranking ahead of the man who starts in front of him.

Because Reed and Britton are equally good yet such different receivers, you can be reasonably certain that the playing time at X will be split almost 50/50 between the two. And when Britton is in the game the Tech offense will be more diversified because of Britton's running skills.

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