The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake: August 19th

Your daily dose of all things Texas Tech athletics, including a win for the Lady Raiders in Portugal, the soccer team is set to start their season and lots of football notes.

Soccer

The Texas Tech soccer team hosts New Mexico today at 7:00 pm at the John Walker Soccer Complex and then plays again on Sunday against Missouri State:

“It’s been a bit of a regional rivalry, we’ve been playing New Mexico for a few years now,” head coach Tom Stone said about New Mexico. “They’ve changed coaching staff’s, Heather [Dyche] does an unbelievable job with this group and they’re out to prove something. So, you’re going to get an athletic, feisty New Mexico team that’s got something to prove. We squeaked by them last year, 1-0, so we know it’s going to be a tight game.”

LAJ’s Krista Pirtle profiles freshman Jade King, the true freshman from Minnesota, who might be Texas Tech’s next scoring star:

“She literally got off the plane, passed fitness and set some sprint records without training hardly,” the Texas Tech coach said. “She was barely 18 years old and scored five goals (in the spring season). She had a couple against LSU and scored against a Big 12 team (TCU). She was scoring some really good goals. That’s rare, I think, for a rookie to do that right out of the box.”

Lady Raider Basketball

The Lady Raiders defeated CRC Quinta Dos Lombos, 98-56 yesterday afternoon, led by Recee’ Caldwell who had 20 points:

“I was really pleased with how we pushed the tempo and got out and ran in transition,” Head Coach Candi Whitaker said. “We had a lot of opportunities with numbers the entire game. Jada Terry really set the tone with the way she ran the floor and our guards found her in transition.”

Recee’ Caldwell led the Lady Raiders with 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting, one of four Lady Raiders to finish in double figures, joined by Dean (16), Brooks (15) and freshman Arella Guirantes (18) who came off the bench to hit eight of her 10 shots.

Football

Get to know junior college transfer and inside receiver DeQuan Bowman:

ESPN’s Max Olson talks with WR Reginald Davis about his thoughts on the receivers:

Tell me about this season’s group of wide receivers.

Davis: It’s a group of talented people. Everybody can make plays. Every day we come out to practice and the competition is unreal. When one person goes and makes a catch, we cheer him on, but in our heads we’re thinking we’ve gotta go make a play. It keeps us competing. Lots of hungry people. If you’re a receiver, this is where you want to be. This is Receiver U, if you ask me. The ball’s coming in the air like it’s raining. I want some of them.

Lots more there, so check it out.

Running backs coach DeShaun Foster talks about the running backs, and I love his hat:

Via the Sun-Sentinal, our guy, Jakeem Grant and he is making quite the impression in Dolphins camp:

“I feel my size is an advantage,” he says. “There’s my speed. And most guys don’t know how to hit guys like me. They don’t know what angle to take. And if they hit too high it could be helmet-to-helmet [penalty], because that’s how short I am.”

It’s early, just mid-August, and although Grant starred in the first preseason game, his story still can go either way. He knows that. But Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury was at Dolphins camp recently, and if he returned to Lubbock with ideas from his good friend, Dolphins coach Adam Gase, he also left some ideas about Grant.

Miscellaneous . . . check out the official site’s recent photo gallery . . . via the Sulphur Daily, Skip Holtz thinks that Louisiana Tech has real potential . . . FOX Sports Stewart Mandel notes that Iowa State president Steven Leath thinks that the Big 12 will expand by Christmas . . . via the USA Today, has an email from the Big 12 to Houston about conference expansion procedures . . .

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