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The Morning Stake | 2018.02.19

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News on Gingery Today. After yesterday’s game, head coach Tim Tadlock said that they wouldn’t get any news on Steven Gingery’s injury until today. We’ll just have to wait and see. If you’d like just one link to go to for highlights to all four games, plus links to box scores and all of that stuff, then the Maine vs. Texas Tech series thread is your one-stop-shop for all of those things.

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Keenan Evans’ Injury. I’ve looked and I haven’t seen any update on Keenan Evan’s injured toe. I suspect that there will be a press conference today or tomorrow and we might find out more, but head coach Chris Beard is pretty tight-lipped about these things.

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Ranking Those 2018 Classes. Rivals’ Nick Krueger (he’s actually the Houston beat guy, so he’s probably as impartial as anyone) ranked the 2018 classes and Texas Tech was at the bottom of the class:

The Good: The Red Raiders were able to hold most of their recruiting class together amid the concerns that head coach Kliff Kingsbury wasn’t long for the job prior to his season-ending win against Texas. No surprise, Tech was able to land a strong group of wide receivers, led by four-star Erik Ezukanma, and finished things off with a late signing from Houston-area running back Ta’Zhawn Henry. Demarcus Marshall is also a punishing offensive lineman and leads a cast up front in this year’s class.

The Bad: Texas Tech continues to struggle when it comes to signing defensive linemen. It seemed as though the staff backed off its offer to three-star defensive end Cameron Valentine and missed out on landing a commitment from three-star defensive tackle Otito Ogbonnia in February. Instead, all the Red Raiders take into next season at those positions are two-stars Jaylon Hutchings and John Scott.

Seems like the idea here is that the offense was good, the defense not so much. Nothing shocking here.

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