Going against two-time All-American wide receiver Michael Crabtree all the time in those hotly-contested Texas Tech practices did wonders for free safety Darcel McBath.
While Crabtree was chosen No. 10 overall by San Francisco in Saturday's NFL Draft, McBath was taken No. 48 overall by the Denver Broncos. And McBath knows if he could hold his own against Crabtree, he sure can hold his own probably against any wide receiver the NFL has to offer.
"I think Crabtree was probably the best in the country, and I got the opportunity to go against him everyday and it made me better,'' McBath said. "Just getting that opportunity with a big physical receiver and the skill set that he had, it just made me better.”
McBath added that the pass-happy Red Raiders always put pressure on the secondary. And that kept him constantly busy in practice, since Tech usually flooded the airways with footballs.
“Playing against an offense like that, every receiver is good,'' McBath said. "We had to play the deep ball a lot and I got pretty good at that.
"I worked hard at it every day and my man-on-man skills got a lot better.''
_ Dwain Price