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The Morning Stake | 2020.09.30

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Avalanche Journal’s Don Williams writes about linebacker Jacob Morganstern and his increased role at Texas Tech compared to Duke:

“At Duke, I was obviously the special-teams guy and that became my role,” he said, “and I’d be lying to you if I said I didn’t want more. When I signed that letter of intent (with Duke), I had this vision of coming in and playing the position I was recruited for, but ultimately the defense changed what they were doing. They went to more of a nickel look, so my position basically got eliminated. I’m just happy to have a role here and be able to contribute.”

Morgenstern is among a group of transfers helping fortify a Tech linebacker room depleted by the graduation of first-round draft pick Jordyn Brooks and Xavier Benson’s decision to sit out this season. To go with returning tackles leader Riko Jeffers, coaches brought in Morgenstern, Krishon Merriweater from the junior-college ranks and Brandon Bouyer-Randle and Colin Schooler from other power-five programs. All have made their presence felt right away.

Morgenstern’s biggest highlight Saturday came when he blocked a punt.

“I was coming basically just off the left A gap (between guard and center) and I saw the left personal protector guy back there was overrunning it,” Morgenstern said. “So I knew if I attacked that left side and shaved it tight, I would have a chance at getting the ball and I got a mitt on it.”

Wichita Eagle’s Kellis Robinett writes about how quarterback Skylar Thompson wins the big games:

Though Thompson will never experience the 11-win seasons those other quarterbacks produced in Manhattan, he has an uncanny knack for playing his best in big moments. He seemed to reach the peak of his powers on Saturday when he helped the Wildcats overcome a 28-7 deficit and beat the Sooners. He led the offense on four straight touchdown drives and a field goal in the second half for the win.

Then he spoke as if he expected to do exactly that the entire game.

“A lot of guys in this locker room have been overlooked, underappreciated, have been slept on, and not given a chance,” Thompson said. “We get the opportunity to go play the No. 3 team in the country on the road as 28-point underdogs today.

“Nobody in the world is giving us a chance to win. What better position could you ask for right now? When I was saying that, looking around, you could see it in everybody’s eyes that they believed. It’s special. I don’t know how else to put it.”

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