The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake: April 7th

Your daily dose of all things Texas Tech athletics, including a huge win for the baseball team against Florida State.

Baseball

Texas Tech Beats Florida State. The Red Raiders split the two-game series, beating Florida State, 8-4 and improving their record to 21-9 overall and 4-2 against top 10 teams (Woot! Woot!). Oklahoma State is up next, in Stillwater.

Football

Martin Talks Elite 11. RP’s Jarrett Johnson talked with 2017 Texas Tech commit QB Xavier Martin about the Elite 11 camp and lots of other things. Here’s Martin talking about what he brings as a quarterback:

Martin: I think I personally bring athleticism, arm strength and accuracy. A lot of the times I had chances to make plays but my coach didn’t want me to run the ball too much in games that didn’t matter so I wouldn’t get hurt but the games that did matter like Judson, and Desoto and Brennan I turned it up running and throwing the ball wise. And with my arm I can sit back in the pocket all day. When I got hurt and wasn’t able to run when we played Clemens I didn’t run one time but I went 14-17 passing. So even though I can run I can still throw like a quarterback.

Who Plays at Running Back. DMN’s Mike DuPont looks at who could replace DeAndre Washington at running back and it appears that Justin Stockton is in the driver’s seat, maybe because he’s the most adept at catching the ball (more on that later today) and blocking:

With Stockton taking over as the primary running back, Texas Tech’s offense can continue to succeed in the rushing game if the Red Raiders take advantage of the junior’s speed. The Red Raiders relied on Stockton last season as an explosive Swiss-army knife in the backfield, capable of both running away in space and making plays in the passing game.

Miscellaneous. Land Grant Gauntlet’s Chris Ross on Florida QB Will Grier transferring to West Virginia, although he should have to sit out all of 2016 and may have questions about when he’s available in 2017 after being suspended in 2015 . . .

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