The Morning Stake: The Highest Jumper is Duffield; Tubby Smith to be Honored; Mahomes a Heisman Hopeful?

In this Morning’s Stake:  JaCorian Duffield jumps the highest in the world; Tyler Floyd named the RRC scholar athlete of the month; Tubby Smith is set to be honored; and we wonder if Patrick Mahomes is a Heisman hopeful.

Duffield Named Big 12 Co-Athlete of the Week. Huge congrats to JaCorian Duffield for being named the Big 12 Co-Athlete of the Week along with Kansas hurdler Michael Stigler and Baylor sprinter Trayvon Brommell.

This needs to be it’s own paragraph because Duffield cleared 7-7.0 which leads THE WORLD.

Floyd Named Red Raider Scholar Athlete of the Month. Congrats to baseballer Tyler Floyd who was named the Red Raider Club Scholar Athlete of the Month:

“Baseball is so important to me, but there’s so much else out there. I know my freshman year I was like, `Gotta work hard in baseball, gotta work hard in baseball’ and other things were kind of behind. Now I have a bigger perspective. Yeah, I’m going to be here for four years playing baseball, but I’ve got a lot more years doing other stuff that I’ve got to prepare for as well.”

Thus far, Floyd has been named a member of the 2013 Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall Academic Honor Roll (4.0 GPA – President’s List) and a member of the 2014 Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring Academic Honor Roll (4.0 GPA – President’s List).

#54. CBS Sports is ranking all the coaches in the Power Five Conferences and our beloved Kliff Kingsbury ranks #54, one spot ahead of Sonny Dykes and one spot behind Dave Clawson.

Smith to be Honored. Texas Tech head basketball coach Tubby Smith is set to be honored by the NABC and NCAA Office of Inclusion:

Texas Tech head men’s basketball coach Tubby Smith has been selected as the 2015 honoree at the NABC and NCAA Office of Inclusion’s “Celebration of Champions” event in conjunction with the Final Four slated for Sunday from 3-5 p.m. at Crispus Attucks High School in Indianapolis, Ind.

“I cannot thank NABC and the NCAA Office of Inclusion enough for this honor,” said Smith. “It is more of an honor for the men and women I have worked with and the players I have coached for the last 24 years. Our successes through the years have been a team effort.”

The Heisman Hopeful. DMN’s Tommy Magelssen was given the assignment to write about the player for Texas Tech that had the best chance to be your Heisman hopeful and the guess is that it is Patrick Mahomes. I don’t want to get too far into this why Mahomes won’t, because the likely scenario is that he won’t because that’s asking way too much from a sophomore, but here’s part of Magelssen’s reason why Mahomes will win:

Mahomes has all of the tools. He’s 6-foot-3, has a cannon for an arm and can hurt opposing teams with his legs. He showcased all of those abilities during his freshman season, throwing for 1,547 yards, 16 touchdowns and only three interceptions in seven appearances. He added 104 yards rushing, too, and there were two designed run plays for him during Texas Tech’s recent scrimmage.

The sophomore seems to fit the mold of the kind of quarterback Kingsbury can make the most of. He coached dynamic playmaker Johnny Manziel to the Heisman in 2012, as the freshman phenom put the Aggies on his back in helped Texas A&M to a surprise 11-2 season.

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