The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake: January 24th

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Baseball America has released their preseason top 25 and has Texas Tech at #25, with TCU at #1 and Oklahoma State at #18.

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Gridiron Now’s David Ubben ranks the Big 12 quarterbacks heading into the season and has Nic Shimonek at #8:

The skinny: The Red Raiders’ staff likes Nic Shimonek, and he helped rally the Red Raiders in a blowout win over Kansas in his only meaningful snaps in 2016. That doesn’t tell you much, but we know he’s at least capable and should improve with an offseason full of No. 1 reps. Still, he has thrown only 60 career passes. Pat Mahomes threw at least 59 passes in a single game three times last year.

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The always reliable Bleacher Report has a mock draft and has Patrick Mahomes going #25 to the Texans:

Mahomes has the mobility and arm strength of an Aaron Rodgers-like passer, and he’s the most talented quarterback to come out of the state of Texas since Griffin left Baylor. He’s nowhere close to starting duties in the NFL, considering his backyard style of play coming out of an Air Raid offense, but Texans head coach Bill O’Brien has won a lot of games with quarterbacks who had less potential. It’s finally time for him to draft and develop a passer for the Houston fanbase.

Miscellaneous . . . ESPN’s Max Olson re-grades the 2013 recruiting classes for the Big 12 . . .

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