The Morning Stake: May 24th

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Big 12 Named Co-Big 12 Player of the Week.

Water the Tree.



Why Webb Chose Cal. Davis Webb spoke to FOX Sports’ Bruce Feldman about why he chose Cal over Colorado:

“Those two guys had invested a lot of time and effort recruiting me, and I really respect them,” Webb told FOX Sports. “They handled it very professionally. It was nothing against Colorado, but at the same time, I only have one year to do this.

“When I committed in January, that was the best situation for me, but then something that fit me better came along.”

A big factor was Cal hiring new offensive coordinator Jake Spavital in February. Spavital is a protege of Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury. Webb said that was an added bonus. Their systems are similar. They run many of the same plays, although the verbiage is different.

SI’s Andy Staples also wrote about Webb choosing Cal and the graduate transfer rule. Staples lauds everyone acting appropriately in this situation, from Kingsbury cheering Webb on and Darrin Chiaverini not taking a shot against Webb for choosing Cal over Colorado. Staples brings up the Baker Mayfield situation and it seems that people aren’t connecting the dots on how Kingsbury treated Mayfield vs. Webb.

Connelly Previews Texas Tech. SB Nation’s Bill Connelly has a very detailed preview of Texas Tech writes that Patrick Mahomes deserves a better defense, noting that the defense was historically bad last year and if Mahomes just had a little help then the win totals grow. It’s true, and if the defense can marginally improve, then that’s a huge deal for an already great offense. Now, if the offense can improve on the road, then Texas Tech could even be cooking even more.

Miscellaneous. Texas Tech football has released their summer camp schedule . . . Campus Insiders previews the Big 12 . . . CBS Sports with a look at 5 overhyped teams in 2016 . . .

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