August 26, 2007

Key Red Raiders: #5 Paul Williams

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.

Paul Williams: The most important player is not always the flashiest player, nor is he always the most flamboyant personality. Sometimes the key performer is the one who goes about his job quietly and effectively, with little fanfare or praise. This player is often the adhesive that holds an entire unit together so that the whole may function more effectively.

Such a player is Texas Tech middle linebacker Paul Williams. Even his name is unremarkable and low-key. But don't be fooled. There may be no player on the roster who is more crucial to the success of the Red Raider defense than P-Will.

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