The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2018.08.06

Your daily dose of all things Texas Tech athletics.

Leading Off

The soccer program is getting back up and running and here’s Coach Stone and Coach Hallam about the team thus far.

The official site also detailed some of the newcomers (TexasTech):

Donning the Scarlet & Black for the first time will be midfielder Jayne Lydiatt, a junior transfer from Oregon. Lydiatt, who enrolled at Tech last spring as a mid-year enrollee, will see her first playing time for the Red Raiders after playing in 19 matches for the Ducks in 2017. In Eugene, she racked up five points off two goals and an assist as a sophomore. In 2016, she tallied three goals and one assist to rank third on the team in goals as a true freshman. Also preparing to play under the lights at John Walker for the first time will be freshmen Cassandra Hiatt, Alyssa D’Aloise and Charlotte Teeter. Hiatt has already spent time with the U.S. Youth National Team, much like teammates Griffin, Harr and Kirsten Davis.

There is a Big 12 Conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and representing Texas Tech is Travis Bruffy (footbal), Bjorn Thomson (tennis), and Zuri Sanders (women’s basketball) (TexasTech).

Texas Tech Basketball

I posted about the non-conference schedule and the fantasy camp yesterday, so make sure and check it out and here’s Taylor Peters with Tony Battie and Darvin Ham that’s worth your listen.

Texas Tech Football

A-J Media’s Don Williams writes about former Rice defensive tackle transfer Preston Gordon, who started 28 games for the Owls, and among other thins, Gordon talks about playing with an older defense:

“When you’re mature like that, when you have an older defense, everybody wants to push each other and you know how to take criticism. If somebody gets on you, you know how to respond a little bit better, as opposed to a younger guy may shut down and whatnot. Being around older guys, I think that’s a blessing.”

RedRaiderSports’ Brandon Soliz talked to defensive end Lonzell Gilmore and how he’s coming back from various injuries that have essentially kept him on the shelf for the first three years of his career. Gilmore is looking back to being back:

“I want to help my team out. I want my individual play to help my team out. I try not to think of the injuries as much anymore because I learned it’s not going to help my team if I keep making injuries an excuse or like think that I’m not 100 percent because I am. I just want to make my impact felt for the team. I want to have a lot of fun. I want something like a game-winning sack to help turn the defense around even more. Everybody should have a good name here at Tech.”

San Angelo Standard-Times’ Charles Bryce interviewed San Angelo Central offensive coordinator Kevin Crane, who is coaching Texas Tech commit Maverick McIvor. The first part of the article focuses on Crane’s past success coaching quarterbacks, as well as about McIvor:

“He’s got such a strong arm and he can make all the throws,” Crane said of the 6-foot-3, 195-pounder. “He’s a really strong runner and just a natural leader. When he walks out on the field, there’s no doubt who the quarterback is and that’s a great quality to have.”

A-J Media’s Don Williams writes about receiver Seth Collins, who had health issues at Oregon State that allowed him to get a health waiver and be eligible (he’s only a junior) this year for Texas Tech. Here’s offensive coordinator Kevin Johns on Collins:

“I’ve been very impressed with Seth,” Johns said. “Probably more than anything else, just his work ethic. He learned the offense fast. Lifting, workouts with the team and the strength coaches, he’s been one of those guys at the top of every single workout. He’s got a great desire, great hunger to be a professional someday. I can’t say enough good things about him.”

There’s really not any significant video to post, but here’s some photos.

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