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The Morning Stake: December 16th

Your daily dose of all things Texas Tech athletics.

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Don’t ever forget.

McLane Carter is honorable mention JUCO All-American.

2017 commit OL Dylan Weaver decommitted from Texas Tech yesterday. I don’t have any explanation, so I can’t really comment here. Chris Level said that the staff is expected to replace Weaver with another offensive lineman and also said that there were some behind the scene things that would eventually come out, but didn’t elaborate. He just didn’t know any details.

The Ringer’s Rodger Sherman writes about the best college football players not named Lamar Jackson and Patrick Mahomes is included:

The devil’s catch? Mahomes plays at Texas Tech. NFL scouts don’t like that. And for all the points Kingsbury’s teams score, they allow just as many. Mahomes threw for 540 yards and five touchdowns, and ran for a sixth against Arizona State; he lost 68–55. He threw for a college-football-record-tying 734 yards and accounted for seven touchdowns against Oklahoma, and lost 66–59. Despite Mahomes’s numbers, the team went 5–7.

With no running game and a defense capable of giving up 70 points every week, Texas Tech asked Mahomes to do the impossible. He’s so damn talented that the team pulled it off sometimes.

B/R’s Damon Sayles writes about ten impact junior college players and picks Octavious Morgan at #8:

He has the size you need and has locked down and been matched up with D-I-quality receivers in practice and games at the junior college level. On film, he shows good anticipation and break on the football. If the quarterback floats a pass, he will make a play.

RRS’s Drew Kohnle has the scoop on recently committed offensive lineman Jacob Hines and how he ended up committing to Texas Tech.

“I had been talking to coach Morris for about a month now. He and the running back coach came down to visit me about a week ago. They offered me and talked with me and coach Morris came back down on an in-home visit. He talked with my family, and he was telling me that he wanted to keep everything under wraps, and I respected that, which is why I didn’t say anything until I signed.”

There’s a lot more there, Kohnle and Hines walk you through the process as Hines originally declined Texas Tech’s offer.

A very strange story out of Minnesota as the team has boycotted practice and the bowl game in protest over 10 players that were suspended. This all stems from an incident in September where there was an alleged sexual assault, but there were no criminal charges filed and the district attorney decided not to prosecute. Minnesota plays Washington State in their bowl game.

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