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The Morning Stake: Jakeem Grant is Fine; Leashja Grant Named B12 Player of the Week

Lots of news in The Morning Stake, including Jakeem Grant is fine, just fine and Leashja Grant is the Big 12 player of the week.

Notebook: Grant is Fine; Clark Dominating. LAJ’s Don Williams has a notebook for the day:

  • Offensive line coach Lee Hays said that Le’Raven Clark played extremely well this week:

    “It wasn’t a close second,” Hays said Monday. “I felt like he dominated and really, really looked like an all-American up front. It was unbelievable to watch him work this week.

    “The week before (at West Virginia), he had a great game, too. The rest of the cats weren’t as physical as we wanted to be up front.”

  • Head coach Kliff Kingsbury said that the players were feeling good, but Kingsbury notes that it’s time to play well on the road:

    “They were bouncing around today,” Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said after Monday’s practice. “I think they were excited. We haven’t played particularly well on the road. We’d like to show we can be a good road team. It’s a great chance, on Thanksgiving with everybody watching, to do that.”

  • Jakeem Grant said that he’s fine, hurt his shoulder a little, but he was never coming out of the game really.
  • Special teams coach Darrin Chiaverini said that he can trust Ja’Deion High to make a big play, which he did at the end on Saturday and said that he wished the unit would have been more aggressive on the first onsides kick.

Puerto Rico Classic. No news here, but the men’s team will be playing Thursday at 6:00 pm against Utah on Thursday on ESPN2. Just a heads-up more than anything else.

Grant Named Player of the Week. Congrats to Leashja Grant who has been named the Big 12 Women’s Basketball Player of the Week as Grant had 26 points, 15 rebounds and 3 blocks against Niagra. Grant went 11 for 12 on the day and the Lady Raiders will face Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday at the United Supermarkets Arena.

Introducing Zuri Sanders. Ionna McKenzie introduced newcomer Zuri Sanders:

Foust Receives Defensive Player of the Week. Congrats to libero Carlie Foust for being named the Big 12 Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week. This is the third time that Foust has received this award this year. The volleyball team is 14-13 for the year, have one more conference win than they did last year (only 2 last year and have 3 right now) and have Kansas and Iowa State left on the schedule.

Dojas and Soares Win National Indoor Championship. Congrats to Hugo Dojas and Felipe Soares who won the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championship in New York on Sunday! Here’s the new men’s tennis coach Brett Masi:

“I’m very proud of and very excited for Hugo and Felipe,” Texas Tech head coach Brett Masi said. “The goal was to come home with a national title, and they got it done. This has to feel good for them after being so close at the NCAAs last year.”


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