The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake: April 2nd

Your daily dose of all things Texas Tech athletics a we get you ready for the Midland scrimmage.


Walk It Off. Awesome.


Track & Field


Friday Night Postponed; Doubleheader Today. Texas Tech postponed Friday night’s game until today and will play twice, the first pitch is at 1:00 pm for game 1 and game 2 will be around 5:00 pm or 45 minutes after the first game.


Midland Scrimmage. The official site has a bit on the Midland scrimmage, but the gist is essentially that the scrimmage starts at 1:00 pm and they’re starting early. The Midland Reporter-Telegram talked with head coach Kliff Kingsbury earlier in the week and gushes about his love for Midland:

“It’s beyond anything I could have imagined,” said Kingsbury in a phone interview earlier this week. “The atmosphere is celebratory and there are always great Texas Tech supporters cheering for our players. There is a genuine excitement and the community does a tremendous job of getting people to come out and I can’t say enough positive things about the Midland experience.”

I think I could promise you that no other coach would ever speak the way that Kingsbury speaks about Midland and Lubbock.

5 Questions to Midland Scrimmage. LAJ’s Nicholas Talbot has five questions for the Midland Scrimmage. Here’s item 1 and there’s 4 more:

1. Who wins in the trenches?

Anytime Kingsbury has been questioned this month on what he is looking for this spring, the first thing he jumps to is play along the defensive line. And with good reason. Breiden Fehoko gives the unit an anchor and junior defensive end Gary Moore showed flashes of being a playmaker with three sacks in 10 games last season. Moore and junior Zach Barnes ran with the first team during the early portion spring practice.

A couple of wild cards are end Kolin Hill, a sophomore who transferred from Notre Dame, and Ondre Pipkins, a senior who transferred from Michigan.

Of course, any evaluation of the defensive line Saturday could be skewed because Texas Tech is also thin along the offensive line, where it lost stalwarts Le’Raven Clark, Jared Kaster and Alfredo Morales.

During the brief early portion of practice open to reporters this spring, the Red Raiders’ first-team line left to right consisted of tackle Madison Akamnonu, guard Baylen Brown, center Tony Morales, guard Robert Castaneda and tackle Terence Steele. Sophomore Justin Murphy will be a starter when he returns from knee surgery, though it remains to be seen who’s spot he takes and whether Murphy slots in at a tackle or a guard spot.

New Offer. Jayden Peevy is a 6’6″/278 defensive end/tackle from Bellaire. Hudl profile right there.

Changes to High School Recruiting. Via the DMN, they have a report on some discussions about high school football, from barring coaches watching 7-on-7 for a handful of reasons, but because street agents control the 7-on-7 teams and funnel kids as well as the IMG academy coming to Texas at some point. I’ve mentioned IMG before, mainly because it appears that Baylor is has two players at the IMG in Florida (perhaps being directed there) and high school coaches aren’t all that excited about that.


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