The Morning Stake: February 16th

Track & Field

Men Climb to No. 7. The Texas Tech men’s team climbs to No. 7 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association computer rankings. Just think, this is a team that essentially lost their practice facility for the winter and have been running outdoors for the indoor meets.


Lady Raiders Sit Third. The women’s team sits at third in the 2016 Lady Puerto Rico Classic at the Rio Mar CC River Course as of Monday Morning.


Warner Joins Texas Tech. Nice story here about a young man, Sage Warner, who has scoliosis could not play contact sports but joined the Texas Tech baseball team.


How Do You Like Me Now? This article from StarTribune’s Howard Sinker really isn’t about “how do you like me now,” it’s really about how well Tubby Smith is doing at Texas Tech, but this photo was pretty good. Pretty good.

Black Out on Wednesday Night.


Do Work.

Pre-Spring Defensive Line Rankings. ESPN’s Jake Trotter ranks the top defensive lines in the Big 12 and Texas Tech ranks 9th and there is no argument from me about this.

9. Texas Tech: Once again, the Red Raiders were dreadful stopping the run last season. But at least they have a future cornerstone tackle in Breiden Fehoko, who received All-Big 12 honorable-mention recognition as a true freshman. With basically the rest of the two-deep up front moving on, Tech signed seven defensive linemen this month, including junior college transfer Mychealon Thomas, and all of them will have a chance to factor into the depth chart; so will a pair of transfers — DE/LB Kolin Hill (via Notre Dame) and tackle Ondre Pipkins (via Michigan).

Top 25 Players, 25 Through 21. DMN’s Mike DuPont is ranking the top 25 players for Texas Tech and he’s got 25 through 21 up today. I haven’t put a ton of thought into it and you sorta have to see a good part of the list to make a real determination, but here’s the first 5.

Deaton Not Taking Any Other Visits. RRS’s Will McKay writes that newest offensive line commit Dawson Deaton will not take any additional visits and that he knows that Texas Tech is where he wants to be:

“They were my first offer, and ever since I really got that offer, I’ve known that Tech is where I want to be. My whole family has gone there, and every time I’ve visited, it’s felt like home.”

And in case you were wondering, via RRS’s Drew Kohnle talked with QB Xavier Martin, who says he’s pleased with how the class is progressing. And he’s doing his own work too.

Spring Scrimmage in Midland Scheduled for April 2nd. Via the official site, Texas Tech will hold a spring scrimmage in Midland on April 2nd:

Texas Tech Athletics announced that its football team will make its fourth annual trip to Midland on Saturday, April 2 for an open scrimmage at Grande Communications Stadium at Scharbauer Sports Complex. The scrimmage will begin at 1 p.m. with gates opening at noon. Admission is free and open to the public.

Last year, Texas Tech held its annual spring football game in Midland as the event drew over 7,500 fans. Tech also held intrasquad scrimmages/practices at Grande Communications Stadium in both 2013 and 2014.

Fans are encouraged to tailgate in the stadium’s parking areas which open at 8 a.m. The event will also feature a children’s play area, photo opportunities with Texas Tech’s mascot Raider Red and additional entertainment hosted by the Midland Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.

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