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The Morning Stake | 2017.12.20

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Preseason Polls. Collegiate Baseball Newspaper came out with their preseason poll and they have your Red Raiders at #5 in the nation, which leads the Big 12. TCU is 9th, Texas is 26th, and Oklahoma State is 27th. I cannot remember a team starting higher than this ranking here. Pretty amazing stuff from Tim Tadlock and the rest of that crew.

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Arrival in Rainy Birmingham.

Football Prep. A-J Media’s Don Williams has a football notebook from Birmingham with lots of information. Kingsbury talked a bit about the Justus Parker / Danny Amendola / Rob Gronkowski scholarship video, saying that they had planned it after the Miami game, but because New England lost, Kingsbury figured that was neither the time, nor the place:

“And so as soon as they won this past game, I had talked to Danny and he made it happen. It was very kind of him and Rob to get that done for us.”

On the video, Amendola set up the good news and Gronkowski delivered it.

“Justus is a Patriots’ fan,” Kingsbury said, “and so we talked about getting (Gronkowski) to help. He usually delivers with some good juice, so we felt like that would be fun for our team and for those guys as well.”

Williams also notes that the team will practice at Hoover High School while in Alabama and RB Da’Leon Ward, S Willie Sykes and CB Jaylon Lane did not make the trip to Birmingham, which shouldn’t be a surprise.

National Signing Day. There’s going to be a separate thread for National Signing Day, so get ready. We’ll have plenty there for you to chew on, but if you want to read something else, then you can check out A-J Media’s Carlos Silva, Jrl and an interview with InsideTheRedRaiders’ Jarrett Johnson in the FW Star Telegram.

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