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The Morning Stake | 2020.07.20

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I did the pickle in a shitty beer challenge. I’ve had a couple of Bud Lights left over from doing beer but chicken over the years. The beers have been around for maybe a couple of years, but they have been cold for that long. Not sure if that makes everything better. In any event, the pickle in the beer was fine. My Mom’s homemade pickles were the star of the show, but the beer with a pickle in it after running and running outside didn’t do any great things. Pics below.

SI’s Rob Rang wrote about potential draftees for Texas Tech, with a focus on DaMarcus Fields, who will be at the slot position this year, not at cornerback. Give a read and tell me what you think. Also, here is Rang’s top draft prospects:

1. DaMarcus Fields, CB, 6-0, 200, 4.55, rSR
2. Riko Jeffers, ILB, 6-1, 245, 4.70, SR
3. T.J. Vasher, WR, 6-5, 190, 4.55, rSR
4. Jack Anderson, OG, 6-4, 320, 5.30, rJR
5. SaRodorick Thompson, RB, 6-0, 200, 4.50, rSoph
6. Eli Howard, DE, 6-3, 270, 4.95, rSR
7. Dalton Rigdon, WR, 5-11, 170, 4.45, JR
8. Dawson Deaton, OT, 6-5, 305, 5.15, JR
9. Zech McPhearson, CB, 5-11, 188, 4.50, rSR
10. Thomas Leggett, S, 6-0, 185, 4.55, SR

NBC Sports’ Rob Dauster has 9 most influential waivers that we’re still waiting on and Texas Tech’s Mac McClung is at #4:

McClung cannot, however, guard. Anyone. He’s a really, really, really bad defender. If there’s one thing that Chris Beard will not stand for at Texas Tech, it’s someone not playing defense. And if there is one thing that this Tech program desperately needed last season, it’s someone that could get a bucket.

Now, this all assumes that McClung is going to buy in defensively, Beard is going to put in the effort to develop him defensively and that the combination of those two things will allow McClung to beat out some of the more talented pieces on this roster — Kyler Edwards, Nimari Burnett, Kevin McCullar, Terrence Shannon — for playing time. But he is unquestionable a useful piece that Beard should be able to get the most out of, and I’m not sure there is a better place for McClung to be if he wants to fix the flaws in his game.

I mentioned this in the weekend open thread, but high school Oklahoma defensive tackle Solomon Wright was committed to Texas Tech, but decommitted, maybe on Friday, and then committed to Arkansas almost immediately thereafter. Tweet embedded below. Wells & Co. are on a bit of a quiet streak and need to pull in some more kids to the 2021 class.

Here are some tweets.

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