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The Morning Stake: March 28th

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An update as to Texas Tech’s current rankings:

  • D1Baseball has Texas Tech 3rd overall, behind Oregon State and Louisville.
  • Baseball America has Texas Tech 4th overall, behind Oregon state, Louisville and TCU.

A two-game series against Texas Southern starts tonight at 6:30:

Grant Little was named the Big 12 Newcomer of the week:

Texas Tech Football

Get to know wide receivers coach Emmett Jones and what he thinks about the guys outside:

Pretty cool. Highlights of all of the former Red Raider footballers who are now in the NFL:

Buy your very own Staking The Plains t-shirt at the Staking The Plains Threadless Shop. Click on that danged shirt (or the link).

CBS Sports has a 5 minute video about how Patrick Mahomes is working out as he gets ready for the draft. When you pull up the video it looks like a mug shot, but everything is cool, Mahomes isn’t in trouble.

SI’s Chris Burke has a draft profile on Mahomes and here are Burke’s weaknesses on Mahomes:

Weaknesses: All that said, Mahomes does indeed face the steep learning curve that comes with a transition from Texas Tech’s system to the NFL. He will have to adjust to working under center, at least on occasion, while digesting reads and coverages.

There should be a limit to how much his next team wants to clean up his mechanics—pushing Mahomes to be too bland would take away his improvisational skills. However, Mahomes’s mechanics can be scattershot, which is why he will thread a needle one play and then fire an easy pass into the third row the next.

On top of that, Mahomes offers the decision-making that comes with the gunslinger label. In other words, he will turn nothing plays into huge gains, but he’ll also try to strong-arm passes into nonexistent windows. His 2016 interception total of 10 could have easily been higher.

Miscellaneous . . .

  • CBS Sports’ current mock draft has Patrick Mahomes going 13th overall to the Cardinals.
  • Miami Herald’s Charles Trainor Jr. on the Dolphins’ desire for Jakeem Grant to do a better job of catching the ball this year and the Dolphins sent Grant and the punter to Lubbock to practice.
  • Via The Flash Today, former Texas Tech DE Gary Moore ended up at Tarleton State.
  • This has nothing to do with football, but interesting story from Texas Monthly on the internal corporate battle at Whataburger.
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