IRVING _ Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell had to chuckle a little bit when someone asked him about coach Mike Leach's play-calling.
One of the top coaches in the country and the Big 12 Coach of the Year this season, Leach has this penchant for sticking with a variation of a few plays and daring the opposition to stop him. It worked to the tune of an impressive 11-1 record for the Red Raiders this season and a berth in Friday's AT&T Cotton Bowl against Mississippi.
"When I'm 35 years old I'll probably be able to turn on the TV and watch Coach Leach's team and call every play they're about to do,'' Harrell said after Sunday's practice at Texas Stadium. "Like I said, he doesn't change as many signals, he doesn't change his plays, he runs the same things over and over.''
Harrell said Leach believes if his team executes to perfection, they'll win more than their share of games.
"I've been here for five years and we haven't changed hardly anything,'' Harrell said. "Same practice, same everything.
"And if you do that for a certain number of years you're going to be good at executing it. His whole philosophy is we're going to out-execute anyone we play.''
Under Leach's philosophy, the onus is placed on his quarterback to get the job done. That's why he gives his quarterbacks probably more freedom than any coach in the country.
"He puts a lot of responsible on the quarterback to get (the ball) in the right place,'' Harrell said. "You have the freedome to check from goal line to goal line, which means you can call any play you want regardless of what (Leach) signals in.
"That's why his offense has success, because you can check at the line. In theory you shouldn't ever be in a bad play because the quarterback should be able to get you out of it. That's the offense he runs and that's his philosophy on football.''
Leach has parlayed that philosophy into nine consecutive bowl appearances in his nine seasons coaching at Tech.
-- Dwain Price