The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake: August 26th

Your daily dose of all things Texas Tech, volleyball is set to start their season while soccer hosts a home match tonight, plus lots of football links.

Campus Photos

Totally Texas Tech has some new campus photos, lots of photos from the stadium, the Mass Comm building, the new Sports Performance Center and lots of other things, so make sure and check it out.

Volleyball

The volleyball team heads to Portland to start their season. LAJ’s Krista Pirtle writes about how head coach Tom Graystone is bringing a new vibe to the volleyball team:

“It’s just a new vibe,” junior Alyssa Ybanez said. “We knew it was game time even though it was the spring. Then he brought in some new girls to set a new tone. It’s a different family. I’ve never seen a team kick if off so quickly. The vibe in the locker room is always good.”

Soccer

The No. 16 ladies for Texas Tech will host No. 19 Arizona tonight at 7:00 pm at the John Walker Soccer Complex. Head coach Tom Stone on the Wildcats:

“It’s a distinct clash of styles,” head coach Tom Stone on Friday’s matchup with Arizona. “We definitely like their coaches, we have a good relationship. They bring us up there every other year and we bring them down here in the others year, so we have a good series going with them. Every game has been tight. There’s been a couple ties, a 1-0 win; they’re good, athletic and PAC-12 fast. We know we have a challenge on our hands and we know they’re going to have them ready.”

Football

FWST’s Jimmy Burch has five new faces for Texas Tech (i.e. freshmen, transfers, or redshirt freshmen) and we’ll highlight Ondre Pipkins:

Ondre Pipkins, DT: Transfer from Michigan has been the team’s most improved player during fall drills in the estimation of coach Kliff Kingsbury. Pipkins (6-foot-3, 325 pounds), a senior, projects to start and has dropped 30 pounds since arriving in Lubbock and sitting out last season under NCAA transfer rules. His best game at Michigan included a career-high five tackles against Appalachian State in 2014.

Sports on Earth’s Matt Brown has your guide to the 2016 Heisman Trophy race and thinks that Patrick Mahomes is a second tier of contenders:

Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech. Playing for Leach’s protégé, Kliff Kingsbury, Mahomes offers Falk-like passing numbers — 4,653 yards, 36 TDs — with rushing ability added to it, as he ran for 456 yards and 10 TDs. There will be plenty of opportunities for Mahomes to rack up huge numbers against beatable pass defenses in high-scoring games, given the Red Raiders’ own problems stopping anyone.

But hold up. Sports Spotlight’s David Ubben writes that he thinks that Mahomes will be the Big 12’s highest Heisman vote-getter, so get you some of that.

Miscellaneous . . . Land Grant Gauntlet has their first Big 12 power rankings of the year (can someone explain a power ranking versus just a normal ranking?) . . . Yahoo! Sports notes that the NCAA’s investigation of Ole Miss is going to extend beyond just Laremy Tunsil . . . the DMN has a general overview and preview of Texas Tech, which is somewhat a compilation of what’s been written this summer . . . Rivals’ Mike Farrell thinks that Patrick Mahomes is the 39th best player in the country . . .

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