The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake: September 11th

Your daily dose of all things Texas Tech athletics.

Texas Tech Cross Country

Texas Tech Golf

 Pretty cool feature with Hurly Long the owner of the new course record at Pebble Beach.

Texas Tech Volleyball

Texas Tech Soccer

Texas Tech Football

 A-J Media’s Don Williams writes that the Red Raiders look to atone the loss last year in Tempe:

Last year in Tempe, linebackers Jordyn Brooks and Brayden Stringer were true freshmen playing their second college games. Their identities have changed, Brooks to the 2016 team leader in tackles and Stringer to a guy who looks like an FBS linebacker after adding more than 20 pounds to be near 230.

Their presence in the front seven, combined with the return of Dakota Allen, back after a year in junior college, gives Tech a basis for feeling it’s less likely to be pushed around.

“I hope so,” Kingsbury said. “We really struggled at linebacker that last game (against ASU). They did some stuff to take advantage of our youth at that position. They had some guys running wide open on some things that hopefully we’ve learned from and we’re much more disciplined, much better at assignment football this season.”

 A-J Media’s Nicholas Talbot has a notebook of items, including the team being off on Saturday and just waiting around, as well as the fact that Travis Bruffy and Clayton Hatfield are game time decisions.

 Via the Charlotte Observer, Luke Kuechly is wearing a device that sorta looks like a dog collar, but what it does is that it puts a kink in the jugular so that it increases the amount of fluid in your brain:

“By putting a small ‘kink in the hose,’ you’re creating a backfill,” Myer said. “So that extra blood volume is filling that free space in the cerebral-vascular tree. … We’re just filling up that free expandable space so the brain has less room to move inside the skull.”

When the brain does move violently upon collision and ricochets against the skull (a phenomenon unceremoniously referred to as “slosh”), both a coup (area of immediate impact) and contrecoup (ricochet area of impact opposite the initial collision) effect occurs.

That effect causes both minor and major trauma to the brain, including concussions. Studies show that repeated impacts of this nature – both minor and major – can lead to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

The Q Collar aims to prevent that slosh by limiting the space within the skull that the brain has to move, and in turn protect the brain from damage.

 Miscellaneous . . . SB Nation’s Bill Connelly with an updated S&P+ rankings and the stats have Texas Tech 64th overall with Arizona State at 66th . . .

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