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The Morning Stake | 2018.02.21

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Texas Tech 12, New Mexico State 0. Your Red Raiders advanced to 5-0 on the year with a 12-0 win over New Mexico State yesterday afternoon, in large part behind the surprising and strong start from from Ryan Shetter, who went 6 innings, allowing just 1 hit, walked none and had 9 strikeouts (Recap | Box Score). Just a fantastic performance for Shetter who was a bit shaky previously. Caleb Killian pitched the 7th allowing just 1 hit, Dane Haveman pitched the 8th without a hit and Nick Candelari allowed 2 hits in the 9th. It’s funny that we’re talking about hits and not runs.

And Texas Tech had 4 home runs, 2 by Brian Klein who went 2-4 with 3 RBI, a home run by Grant Little, who went 2-4 with 3 RBI and Kurt Wilson, a freshman from Arlington, who started in place of Connor Beck, went 1-4 on the day with that fourth home run. Josh Jung went 3-4 with 2 RBI. You could say that the offense is clicking.

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Coutee Readies for the NFL Draft. FWST’s Kevin Casas talks with former Red Raider footballer Keke Coutee as he readies for the NFL Draft. Coutee says that the only thing that he and Kingsbury ever disagreed on was whether or not Coutee’s generation understood the origins of hip hop. In any event, Coutee talked about how the Texas Tech system stereotype is nothing but that:

“They’ve always called us system receivers, but honestly, you don’t hear that much any more,” he said. “It’s a stereotype, but the reality is we know how to run routes there and we have an extended route tree, so you feel like you have enough experience to be able to handle the NFL playbooks and the complexity of those.

“We’re constantly showing scouts that we’re not system guys.”

I’ve never thought that receivers get the same type of stereotype in terms of prejudice that the quarterbacks got, but I really think that this came down to arm-strength for the quarterback. If you’ve got the arm, they don’t really care about the system.

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