As expected, Michael Crabtree made it official – he will be playing on Sundays and not Saturdays in 2009. The former Red Raider had two years of eligibility remaining, but the red-shirt sophomore had little to nothing to prove at the college level after winning a pair of Biletnikoff Awards as a freshman and a sophomore. Crab, as he is known in Lubbock, caught 134 passes for 1,962 yards and 22 touchdowns in 2007 and 97 balls for 1,165 yards and 19 scores this past season, when he was slowed down by injury. In a far more surprising move, also leaving Lubbock is junior defensive end Brandon Williams, who was selected to the All-Big 12 First Team after leading the conference with his 13 sacks.
Coming out of the MAC, Ball St. quarterback Nate Davis announced today that he too has decided to forgo his final season of college football and enter the 2009 Draft. The junior signal caller threw for 3,591 yards and 26 touchdowns (eight interceptions), while completing 64.3 percent of his passes – a significant increase from the 56.4 percent he completed in his sophomore campaign. With a mediocre senior crop of quarterbacks, expect Davis to battle with fellow early entry Josh Freeman (Kansas St.) for position behind yet another junior Matthew Stafford - the consensus top quarterback prospect – unless of course Oklahoma sophomore Sam Bradford decides to leave school for the NFL.
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