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The Morning Stake: September 1st

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Β Get to know nickelback Douglas Coleman.

Β Here are some ridiculous plays made by Patrick Mahomes and Jakeem Grant last night in preseason action.

Β A-J Media’s Don Williams looks back thirty years to a memorable opening game:

Another Red Raiders football season coming up has had me reflecting a lot lately on the season opener 30 years ago. Doak Campbell Stadium β€” Texas Tech at Florida State β€” was the setting for the 1987 opener, and memories of that one remain more vivid than any number of others since.

Β RedRaiderSports’ Will McKay has his predictions for the year, complete with MVP’s, newcomer of the year, and biggest surprise on either side of the ball, and here’s a bit on two of the defensive categories:

DEFENSIVE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: CB Ocatvious Morgan – Playmaking cornerbacks are a premium in the Big 12, and the cupboard has been bare for the Red Raiders in that perspective for a while. The talent at receiver in the conference these days require big, physical DBs that can hand fight and win one-on-ones downfield, and I think Morgan will be that for you. I think he’ll still get beat, like every corner in the Big 12 does, but I fully expect him to be a marked improvement and true difference maker against home run balls this fall.

BIGGEST SURPRISE DEFENDER: Nose tackle Mych Thomas – Thomas started quietly making plays late last fall, and now, as Tech’s full time starting nose tackle, I expect the big man to make a difference in the run game as a space eater for Tech. He’s lost needed weight to allow himself to move better while adding strength to become more physical, which I think will lead to a nice finale for the DFW native as a Red Raider.

Β Miscellaneous . . . Heartland College Sports’ Cameron Brock previews Eastern Washington vs. Texas Tech . . . AthlonSports’ Nicholas Allen also previews the game . . . the New York Times with the state of Texas being shut out of the top 25 at the end of last year with one quote from Kliff Kingsbury about how social media has opened up how recruits maybe want to leave the state of Texas . . .

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