The Dean's List: A Crab Attack
Michael Crabtree's game-winning grab proves he's the nation's best receiver
Tyler Hansbrough's stressed shin might undermine UNC's national title bid
North Texas coach Todd Dodge won't judge you for your drug problem
Welcome to The Dean's List's special pre-election day rendering, where we're voting Michael Crabtree for president. He's a long shot, but he's good under pressure and a proven winner.
It's official, Michael Crabtree is the best wide receiver in college football. Crabtree made the most important play of the season on Saturday night, snagging a pass from quarterback Graham Harrell and scampering into the end zone with one second left to help Texas Tech beat then No. 1 Texas 39-33. Part of what makes Crabtree so impressive is that he didn't enter college as just just a wide receiver, or even just a football player. When he graduated from David W. Carter High School in Dallas, he was a top-50 basketball recruit and a star quarterback on the varsity football team. He could've played either sport at any number of positions, but after setting NCAA freshman records for receptions (134), receiving yards (1,962) and touchdown receptions (22), Crabtree got to do what most men only dream of -- tell coach Bob Knight to take a hike.
If you're really fast, you can outrun your fat sister, you can outrun a motorized scooter and you can outrun your neighbor's 15-year-old golden retriever. But I don't care how fast you are, you can't outrun a bullet. In 2007, USC sprinter Bryshon Nellum had the nation's fastest high school times in the 200- and 400-meter races. The kid was so fast he set multiple state records and was considered an Olympic hopeful. But on Friday night, as he was leaving a restaurant in Los Angeles, Nellum was shot three times in a drive-by shooting. The Gatorade national boys' track and field athlete of the year was hit once in each thigh and once in his hamstring. Nellum could be running again in three months, but doctors don't know if he'll regain his world-class speed. Ironically, in an interview earlier this year, Nellum joked, "I'm thinking about getting my legs insured." Should've taken out that policy. Get well soon, you fleet-footed phenom.
North Texas football coach Todd Dodge was on the hot seat in Denton. Before Saturday's game against Western Kentucky, Dodge's team had lost nine in a row dating back to last season, tied with lowly Washington for the longest losing streak in college football. But Dodge didn't believe that his team was as bad as its record indicated, so he did what any former high school coach would do; he drug-tested all 86 of his players. Fifteen of them tested positive for recreational drugs. Instead of kicking the recreational drug offenders off the team, Dodge chose instead to send them to drug counseling and put them on a year's probation, but allow them to continue competing on the football field. And the tactic paid off. On Saturday, the Mean Green beat Western Kentucky 51-40 for their first win of the season and third in Dodge's two years as coach.
Much like Moses parted the seas, Jeremy Moses parts defenses. (God, I love Biblical references.) The Stephen F. Austin quarterback set two single-game NCAA records in a 34-31 double-overtime loss to Sam Houston State on Saturday. Moses was 57-85 for 501 yards. The sophomore broke the previous single-game passing attempts record of 83 set by Purdue's Drew Brees and the former completions record of 56 set by Jarrod DeGeorgia at Wayne State. And he did it while facing off against Sam Houston State quarterback Rhett Bomar, an Oklahoma transfer who is the the Southland Conference's best-known player. Of course, Moses couldn't complete a pass when it mattered most. On fourth-and-20 in the second overtime of Saturday's game, Moses' final pass attempt fell to the turf, and even his gaudy stat line couldn't keep Sam Houston State from kicking a 28-yard field goal to win the game.
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