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The Morning Stake: September 14th

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original-double-t LAJ’s Don Williams writes about how Mychealon Thomas is attempting to push his way into the defense’s plans backing up Breiden Fehoko. Kingsbury hopes that by conference time rolls around Thomas has a more defined role and Thomas hopes to shed more weight:

“We’d like by conference to work him into the rotation a little bit more,” Kingsbury said. “I think it’ll help our depth. I’ve seen flashes. (Defensive line) coach (Kevin) Patrick’s seen flashes, but not consistent enough for us to rely on him as much as we’d like right now.”

Thomas is a 6-foot-1, 322-pound junior from Dallas Skyline. He showed up weighing 345 and started a trim-down program.

“When I came here,” Thomas said, “I already knew I was going to be on weight loss, so they wanted me … My goal weight was 325. Now I’m trying to get lower.”

original-double-tLAJ’s Don Williams has a football notebook of things from yesterday. An interesting note is that the video of yesterday’s player availability wasn’t posted online, either Twitter or YouTube. Anyway, Williams writes about Michael Barden’s punting struggles, although as Williams notes part of Barden’s average is a result of field position.

Also of note is that LB D’Vonta Hinton is questionable, has a 50-50 chance of playing on Saturday, Zach Barnes has a knee injury and will be a game-time decision and Paul Banks III will set out his second game and is waiting on an NCAA waiver to play.

And Saturday is Celebrate Cotton as well as a few other specials. Williams reports that this means that Texas Tech would like to wear white, but is not allowed to do so and will wear black on Saturday. Adjust your outfits accordingly.

original-double-tRRS’s Will McKay recaps yesterday’s press conference. There’s a lot there, so make sure and check it out. Head coach Kliff Kingsbury said that he was most disappointed that the team somewhat deflated after Fehoko’s called roughing the passer:

-And for Kingsbury, after the tough offseason and how he felt this team had prepared mentally throughout the summer, he was most disappointed by the fact the team caved in and deflated after the roughing the passer call on Fehoko: “I think, for me, that’s what it was. I just felt like the air kind of got let out of our sideline. I didn’t think we responded on either side of the ball after that happened like we had been playing. That would’ve been four or five stops by the defense to start the game, up 21-9, then you’re rolling, and we should’ve been able to handle that better. We didn’t, and that’s something we’ve got to learn from and get better at moving forward.”

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