The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2018.06.07

Your daily dose of all things Texas Tech athletics.

Leading Off

Odaine Lewis and Charles Brown earned 10 points at the NCAA Outdoor Championships yesterday, with Divine Oduduru qualifying for the 200m championship. Oduduru didn’t make the finals of the 100m, missing out by hundredths of a second and the 4x100m and Vincent Crip missed qualification in 800m, while Drew McMichael finished 13th in the pole vault (TexasTech).

Texas Tech Baseball

I don’t even know how you keep track of all 11 players that were drafted (really, you just make a list, it’s pretty simple to keep track of), but we’re going to do our best. Aside from the four selected Monday and Tuesday, there were seven selected on Wednesday (TexasTech):

Davis Martin in the 14th round by the Chicago White Sox
Ty Harpenau in the 16th round by the Atlanta Braves
Caleb Kilian in the 20th round by the Baltimore Orioles
Cody Farhat in the 23rd round by the Cleveland Indians
Michael Davis in the 24th round by the Minnesota Twins
Dylan Dusek in the 27th round by the San Francissco Giants
Zach Rheams in the 27th round by the New York Mets

Congrats to all of these guys. I have no idea who will go and who will leave, regardless, I hope they follow their dreams and they all do what makes them happy.

Gabe Holt. Gabe Holt was named as a Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper (TexasTech).

I should also mention that Michael Berglund was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays (Corpus Christi Caller-Times’ Len Hayward) and this is what Berglund had to say about Texas Tech and head coach Tim Tadlock:

“It was just some personal issues off the field, and (Texas Tech coach Tim) Tadlock told me this is what is best for me … off the field to get my mind right and stuff like that,” Berglund said. “I love Tadlock, Joe Hughes, Ray Hayward, all those guys at Tech,” Berglund said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if they go to my wedding, and they are definitely going to be in my life for a while.”

Texas Tech Football

Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury was on Double-T 97.3 (which you can listen there) and Kingsbury discusses the fact that there will be some visitors on campus and the baseball game should help significantly. The 2019 class is largely going to be defensive and hopes to pick up some commits after the weekend. Kingsbury is excited about about Preston Gordon coming in and also discusses the quarterback competition, which is wide open and something that Kingsbury has said all spring and through the summer stops. Level and Dickens ask specifically about Alan Bowman and if he has a chance and Kingsbury reiterates that Bowman does have that chance. There will be a new throwback uniform, but don’t expect the base uniform to change.

Amarillo Globe-News’ Lance Lahnert had a Q&A with Kliff Kingsbury as Kingsbury was in Amarillo for the Red Raider Club, and here’s a bit on Kevin Johns, but there’s a lot more there:

You brought in a new offensive coordinator this year in Kevin Johns. He’s a midwest guy with more of a running philosophy. Johns said he prides himself in being a morning guy, but has yet to beat into the office in five months.

″(Laughs). I probably go to bed a little earlier than he does. He’s been good for us. He is very organized and is tremendous in the recruiting aspect from the offensive side of the football. He’s brought in some really good ideas that he’s done with tight ends and the run game. It’s been a great mix and I’m excited to work with him through the fall. He’s been really good for our program.

“We didn’t know each other (before he arrived in January) but I checked referrals about Coach Johns. What kind of person he was and how he treated players and people. They were spot on. He’s a good man and treats people the way you would want them to be treated.”

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