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The Morning Stake: Akamnonu Adjusts; MBB to Play Utah; Soccer Readies for Auburn

A ton of updates today, including how Madison Akamnonu is adjusting to the game, the soccer team readies for Auburn and the men tip-off against Utah in Puerto Rico.

Outside the Huddle.

Some great video from the lockerroom after the Kansas State game, giving game balls to DeAndre Washington and Kirby Hocutt. There’s no audio, but the smiles are worth it. Also asked about is the indoor practice facility, saying that it is a first impression and you can’t ever get that back. Wanted to finish the Kansas State game and locked in to win the game. Also talked about the scout team, will get to be repped by their position coaches rather than scout team work. Also, we always end the video with a Kingsbury gaze away from the camera. It’s dreamy.

Akamnonu Adjusting to Speed of Game. LAJ’s Don Williams is looking at some of the redshirts and offensive tackle Madison Akamnonu, who offensive line coach Lee Hays says that he is adjusting to the speed of the game and has the athletic ability to play tackle:

“It’s a whole new world with him right now with the calls and the speed of the game and all that stuff,” Hays said this week. “He definitely has the physical ability to be as good as he wants to be. He’s just got to understand we’ve got to come off the ball every snap and we’ve got to finish.”

Hays notes that it is a toss-up between Akamnonu and Terence Steele in regards to who will be Le’Raven Clark’s replacement next year.

Awe on Senior Day. ESPN’s Brandon Chatmon interviewed LB Micah Awe, who talked about winning on senior day and what he’s learned this year.

How has Coach Gibbs been?

Awe: He’s been awesome. He tells you why we’re doing this. You’re not lost, you know why you need to do it this way on this particular play. I think he’s helped, not just from a football standpoint but from a young man standpoint, a lot of things about growing up as a young man. That’s what I’ve benefited most from.

What was Senior Day like?

Awe: It’s just like any other thing, kind of surreal. Being out there for the last game at the Jones, it went by so quickly — it’s cliche but its the truest cliche in the world. I’m just glad we got a win, I hadn’t beat K-State since I’d been here. The young guys fought, they have a great future here and I’m proud to be a part of the foundation.

Longhorn Update. Via SliceMiami, FOX Sports’ Bruce Feldman was on the radio in Miami and talked about a handful of candidates for the Miami job, including Texas head coach Charlie Strong, who Feldman said that Strong’s name continues to come up as having interest. This prompted Strong to call an improptu press conference (via the DMN) where Strong was asked about the rumors (he apparently just didn’t address them, but he did answer questions when discussing them) and said that he’s at Texas to build a program. The other news from the presser was that freshman RB D’Onta Foreman (6-0/240) is having finger surgery and is unsure of his status against Texas Tech. Foreman is the second leading rusher at Texas, behind Johnathan Gray, who has hamstring issues.

Texas Tech to Face Utah. Texas Tech will play Utah this evening in Puerto Rico, game time is 6:00 pm and the game will be televised on ESPN2. I’ve got a preview and game thread going up later this morning. LAJ’s Krista Pirtle takes a look at the potential opponents for Texas Tech in Puerto Rico, although after Utah, Texas Tech will initially play either Mississippi State or Miami, depending on whether Texas Tech wins or loses. Most likely it will be Mississippi State if Texas Tech isn’t able to pull off the upset against #16 Utah. Pirtle also looks at the other side of the bracket, which consists of Temple, Minnesota, Butler and Missouri State.

DT’s Duncan Stanley also previews the game and point guard Devon Thomas says that Texas Tech needs to start fast:

“I just feel like we need to come out a lot stronger and just play a lot harder,” Thomas said. “The teams we’re playing in Puerto Rico are going to be bigger, stronger.”

Get to Know Matt Temple. DT’s Diego Gaytan has a nice interview with Matt Temple (6-10/250) a walk-on big man who has to sit out until December per NCAA rules (I think he’ll be able to play in January). I had no idea that Temple was really a kid that’s traveled around the globe, born in England, then moved around, spending a lot of time in Trinidad before settling at Wichita Falls his junior and senior years.

Temple spent about a week trying out for the team:

“By the end of the week, coach Smith just came up to me and said, ‘If you want to play, we’d love to have you,’” Temple said. “It’s still weird to think about how fast that happened.”

There have been a number of people who tried out for the team, coach Smith said, but Matt was the only one who really impressed the entire coaching staff.

“He’s a very skilled post player with good touch,” Smith said, “which is really remarkable to get a guy as a walk on to have that type of skill set.”

Texas Tech Falls to TCU. Via the official site, Texas Tech dropped a three-set match against TCU yesterday, dropping Texas Tech’s record to 14-14 on the year and 3-11 in conference play.

Texas Tech to Face Auburn.

DT’s Derrick Spencer has a preview of Friday’s match against Auburn on Friday afternoon, a 1:00 pm first kick. Head coach Tom Stone talks about playing Auburn:

Stone said that when it comes to Auburn, the tables have turned when it comes to the experience. Last year, Tech was the team with more veterans, but now Auburn is facing a Tech team that depends on a rush of freshman power.

“From that standpoint that’s kind of an advantage they have,” Stone said. “They really bring the heat and so we got to be ready for that and play our brand of soccer.”


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