The Morning Stake: May 16th

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Men’s Tennis Falls to SMU. Texas Tech got down early in the doubles-point and couldn’t make it up, falling to No. 30 SMU. This was a bit of an upset, especially as Texas Tech was at home, although this doesn’t miss a fantastic season for the men’s team and head coach Brett Masi.

Track & Field



Budding Star. ESPN’s Brandon Chatmon has a player from each team that he expects to shine on defense this year:

Texas Tech S Jah’shawn Johnson: The sophomore really sets the tone for the Red Raiders defense as an active safety who can make plays all over the field. Johnson recovered four fumbles, forced two fumbles and grabbed two interceptions during his redshirt freshman season. His active nature should help him garner All-Big 12 honors in the fall.

Receiver Rankings. ESPN’s Max Olson ranks the receiving units in the Big 12 and has Texas Tech’s group of receivers at #5 overall, behind Baylor, Oklahoma State, TCU and West Virginia:

5. Texas Tech (5): No. 1 rated junior college transfer WR Derrick Willies came in as good as advertised, and that makes this group a dangerous one. Willies and Dylan Cantrell as the outside receivers is a solid duo to build around. Ian Sadler and Cameron Batson look like the best options at inside receiver, and Reginald Davis had a good spring. Devin Lauderdale could rejoin the team this summer, too. Patrick Mahomes will have a lot of options.

Quarterback Rankings. Athlon Sports’ Steven Lassan ranks the Big 12 quarterbacks and has Patrick Mahomes at 2nd overall:

The Big 12 got an early glimpse of Mahomes’ talent in a late-season stint as Texas Tech’s starter at the end of 2014. Mahomes tossed 14 scores over the final three games that year and torched Baylor for 598 passing yards in the season finale. Mahomes carried that momentum into 2015 and delivered a monster statistical year for coach Kliff Kingsbury. Mahomes led all Big 12 quarterbacks by throwing for 4,653 yards and tied for first in the league with 36 touchdown tosses. He also rushed for 456 yards and 10 scores on 131 attempts. Texas Tech has to fill a couple of key voids on the offensive line, while running back DeAndre Washington and receiver Jakeem Grant have expired their eligibility. However, that shouldn’t slow Mahomes this fall, as the junior should be one of the nation’s top 10 quarterbacks for 2016.

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