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The Morning Stake | 2020.05.13

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Via the official site, a highlight of the work that the student-athletes that are part of the football program headed by Troy Kema, who followed head coach Matt Wells from Utah State:

Wells and his staff created the Special Spectator program early in his tenure as part of the Red and Black Giveback community engagement initiative. The program rewards a local student in the community who has experienced a tragic life event, normally of a physical nature, providing a two-day experience at a football practice, a tour of the Football Training Facility and Sports Performance Center as well as an on-field recognition prior to the start of a selected home game.

Additionally, the Red Raiders have volunteered hours at the Ronald McDonald House, the South Plains Food Bank and Texas Boys Ranch among other organizations over the course of the last year. As a team, the football program accounted for 850 hours of community service this past year alone.

Via the Mercury News, the California State University System will be primarily offered online rather than in person. I think that California is sort of trending that way and that led AggieYell’s Mark Passwaters to wonder if TAMU, who has a Pac-12 opponent in Colorado in week 3, while Texas Tech plays Arizona. Same thing the weekend of October 10th, where TAMU plays Fresno State and Texas Tech is off that weekend. I don’t think this is necessarily breaking news, just putting two-and-two together with the thought that if the Pac-12 gets shut down to an extent, TAMU and Texas Tech could potentially play.

Oh, and let’s get to this:

I personally am not at all concerned with Mark Emmert saying that he can’t see sports restarting with online only classes. When it comes to decision making, it is the governors and conference commissioners that are seemingly making most of the decisions here.

CBS Sports’ Kyle Boone has his draft board and he has Texas Tech guard Jahmi’us Ramsey up 10 spots, from 28th to 18th overall:

But Ramsey’s strengths are as obvious as his limitations. How much more can he add as an offensive player right now beyond his 3-point shooting? He’s not an explosive athlete who can blow by defenders and get to the rim. His shot-making versatility isn’t near as dynamic as other sharpshooters in this class, like Nesmith. And overall he’s boxed in because of that as a potential catch-and-shoot guard with limited upside, unless the handle becomes significantly more advanced and he becomes more of a one-dimensional threat.

To me, though, Ramsey is the ideal fit for NBA teams with established cores who may only be in need of additional shooting, like the Trail Blazers or the Sixers or the Thunder or the Bucks. For the right team he’s worth the price of a first-rounder right now — and especially if he’s able to diversify his offensive game in time.

Dallas Morning News’ Brice Paterik has 5 potential breakout players and he includes freshman WR Loic Fouonji, sophomore DE Tony Bradford, senior TE Travis Koontz, sophomore LB Xavier Benson, and junior IR KeSean Carter. I’d probably go with Koontz because there just aren’t many tight end options.

Coming into last season as a graduate transfer, Koontz was unable to win the starting job over Donta Thompson. With Thompson gone, Koontz will have the starting role locked down and put up more than the 10 catches and 152 yards he recorded in 2019.

Koontz played in all 12 games last season. As a 6-5 tight end, he should get more looks from quarterback Alan Bowman when Tech is in the red zone.

Baseball Prospect Journal’s Dan Zielinski, III takes a deep dive into Texas Tech left-hander Clayton Beeter, who is draft eligible as he is a redshirt sophomore:

He has a powerful two-pitch mix that he relies on heavily. His fastball and curveball are above-average offerings and allow him to overpower hitters. His fastball sits in the mid-90s and has touched 98 mph.

His curveball might be his best pitch and serves as an extremely effective outpitch. It’s a sharp breaking pitch that consists of 12-to-6 break and typically generates a high percentage of strikeouts.

“My curveball has always been my best pitch and my fastball has caught up with it over the last couple years as the velocity has improved,” Beeter said. “My breaking ball always has been pretty sharp and I try to make it 1-7 or as close to 12-6. I will slow it down sometimes for a strike early in the count and I can speed it up later in the count down in the zone.”

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