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The Morning Stake: September 13th

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 A-J Media’s Don Williams writes about the hot seats of Kliff Kingsbury and Todd Graham, here’s Graham commenting on the pressure to win:

“All you have to do is go out and perform on the field and then you don’t have to worry about that kind of criticism,” he said. “That is why I don’t spend much time on social media.

“On the same hand, there is no one more disappointed than I am. I have sunk my heart and soul into this place. It means a lot to me to get it right. I don’t have any negative feelings towards anything negative because you bring that upon yourself not performing. And that’s on us as coaches, not our players.”

 A-J Media’s Don Williams has football notes from yesterday’s press conference, including the running back rotation being shortened up as the season goes along, the fact that Texas Tech started in their own end of the field a handful of times last year against Arizona State and Da’Leon Ward still won’t play this week (I’d expect him to not play really all year). Also mentioned yesterday was that Desmond Nisby was slightly injured after the Eastern Washington game although he’s going to play and is apparently doing well:

“We wanted to get everybody, as the game went, get everybody some touches and see how they played,” Kingsbury said. “And we have confidence in four of five of those guys carrying the football, which is good. Good to see them do it when the lights are on.”

Nisby has been dealing with a turf toe injury, but Kingsbury said Monday he’s OK.

“I expect him to be full go,” Kingsbury said. “I think it helped him having the bye week. We were able to rest him a little bit and get him feeling better, and I expect him to be ready to go if we need him.”

 Miscellaneous . . . SI has their bowl projections and thinks Texas Tech plays Utah in the Cactus Bowl . . . AZCentral’s Doug Haller has some changes that Arizona State may be making this week . . .

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