The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake: May 6th

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Your daily dose of all things Texas Tech athletics.

Golf

Track & Field

Softball

Taking on the Sooners. The softball team will travel to Norman to take on the No. 8 Oklahoma Sooners this weekend to close out the 2016 season. First pitch is tonight at 6:30, Saturday at 1:00 pm and Sunday at 3:00 pm.

Football

Allen, Castaneda and Ellison Dismissed. As was reported yesterday, LB Dakota Allen, OL Robert Castaneda and OL Trace Ellison have all been dismissed from the team. I still don’t know the reasons why they’ve been dismissed, although it may not all be for the same reasons, in other words, one guy may be for one reason, while another guy may be for a separate reason.

Top Running Backs in Texas. The DMN ranks the running back groups in Texas and has Texas Tech 4th overall:

After losing DeAndre Washington to the NFL draft, Texas Tech returns two of its three leading rushers quarterback Patrick Mahomes and junior running back Justin Stockton. The Red Raiders found a way to effectively utilize Stockton’s straight-line speed last season. Stockton totaled with 367 rushing yards and five touchdowns, averaging six yards per carry and added 341 receiving yards on 22 catches resulting in six touchdowns. Despite losing three seniors including third round selection Le’Raven Clark, the Red Raiders’ offensive line returns Baylen Brown, Arlington Sam Houston product Tony Morales and Justin Murphy, all with starting experience from last season. Brown appeared in 12 games as a junior, making 11 starts while Morales returned from injury to appear in 10 games, including his first career start after joining the program in 2011. Murphy opened Big 12 Conference play as a starter before an injury against Baylor brought his season to an abrupt end. — Michael DuPont

The Silence of Ken Starr. It’s deafening.

Miscellaneous. Seriously. “Child told Paterno of sex abuse in 1976, court papers allege” . . . CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodds has a good look at the Pac-12 as they still try to figure out their way among the power five conferences . . .

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