The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2019.09.11

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SFA Scheduled in 2020. A-J Media’s Don Williams reports that SFA will replace Lamar as the 2020 FCS opponent. Each year, Texas Tech plays one FCS opponent and will pay the Lumberjacks $525,000

Play Breakdown. Good stuff. The Dalton Rigdon touchdown and the corner route touchdown with T.J. Vasher.

Yost Media Availability. Yesterday offensive coordinator David Yost was made available to the media and at the end is tight end Donta Thompson.

A-J Media’s Don Williams and RedRaiderSports’ Brandon Soliz both recap that availability and this is from Soliz’s recap:

– Yost was asked about Alan Bowman’s grade from Saturday’s performance and said the sophomore talent received a 91percent on the evening.

“Didn’t have as many explosives as he had the week before so he kinda ended up in the ‘winner’s’ category for us, which was good. Protected the football – had the one interception and everything. There are some technique, fundamental things we can do to put him in a better position so that doesn’t occur and everything. We gotta make sure we’re always protecting the football. Did a nice job with that but had a couple of misses downfield on some throws, which is kinda uncharacteristic so that’s a focus this week.”

– Yost highlighted that Bowman did some good things in checking on plays at the line. He’s let Bowman get a little more freedom and options at the line, the most of any quarterback has done since Yost installed this specific offense at Utah State a couple of years ago. One example he used, Bowman changed the play on a second down call to a run after he couldn’t read the signal on his wristband during the call. They ended up gaining positive yards and had a third and short to work with.

And this is from Williams:

The first two weeks, the Red Raiders have featured quite a few bubble screens and other quick throws to the perimeter. Yost likes those because they make the defensive personnel spread the field horizontally, and it opens up runs between the tackles.

The two “work hand in hand,” Yost said.

“Our drop-back stuff is way more predicated to try to get the ball down the field,” he said. “All or our progressions are downfield first. It goes long to short.

“We start all of our 90s, our drop-back game, the first read is a vertical route, except for one of them. Every other one you start with either a post, a go route, a corner route. It’s a vertical setup. It’s what I got from Washington State when I was there [as inside receivers coach from 2013-15].”

Miscellaneous . . . Heartland College Sports Derek Duke previews Texas Tech vs. Arizona . . . SI’s Michael McCann writes about how the state of California is close to adopting the Fair Pay to Play Act that would allow student-athletes to be compensated for their likeness . . . Heartland College Sports’ Pete Mundo with the Big 12 power rankings . . .

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