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The Morning Stake: Patrick Mahomes Becomes More Dedicated After Freshman Season

Patrick Mahomes wasn’t as ready as he could have been last year, but all that has changed, plus, a Red Raider wins the Northern Ireland Open.


Sordet Wins Northern Ireland Open. Congrats to recent graduate, Clement Sordet, who won the Northern Ireland Open at Galgorm Castle over the weekend. Sordet shot a 66 in the final round to win. Wreck’Em!


Notebook: Mahomes Ready. LAJ’s Don Williams writes that Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes did not come into practice last year thinking he could beat out Davis Webb and was not as prepared as he could have been and he realized that he has to take a step up in preparing for teams. Mahomes said the moment he had to play against Oklahoma State changed everything:

“That was probably the change moment in the season for me,” Mahomes said. “I came in thinking I could do what I did in high school and I would still make plays. Once that happens, it kind of changed my mindset where I have to compete every single day, kill every workout, get extra work in order to be good at this level.”

Mahomes also notes that last year he made a bunch of plays because he was able to improvise, but in doing so he missed a bunch of easy plays:

“Last year, I made a lot of big plays off freelance stuff,” he said. “But I missed a lot of easy stuff. If I make a lot of the easier plays better — make a lot of shorter passes, the right reads — I can get get it in the playmakers’ hands and they will become big plays.”

. . . also in the notebook is sophomore cornerback Tevin Madison, who said that freshman WR Tony Brown, from California, has impressed him the most thus far in preseason practice . . .

Keenan to North Texas. Via the Denton Record Chronicle, former Texas Tech offensive lineman Trey Keenan will transfer to North Texas, where he will need to sit out a year and then he will have one year of eligibility remaining. Good luck to Trey and we wish him well.

Red Raiders at 1,000. With Texas Tech about to play their 1,000th game in program history, Don Williams is ranking the best players at each position and he had one defensive tackle spot going to Gabe Rivera, but the other defensive tackle spot going to Ecomet Burley, followed by Don Rives (who played nose tackle at 200 pounds in the 70’s) and Colby Whitlock. At middle linebacker is Zach Thomas (of course), followed by Brad Hastings and then Lawrence Flugence.

Miscellaneous. The checks in on Baron Batch up in Pittsburgh doing his art . . .


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