The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake: July 7th

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Your daily dose of all things Texas Tech athletics, including what freshman football players are expected to help and where does Texas Tech’s uniforms rank?

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Lady Raider Basketball

Brooks Continues Rehab.



Mahomes, Brown and Nelson to Attend Big 12 Media Days.

Morales Named to Rimington Trophy Watch List.

Anderson to The Opening. Texas Tech commit Jack Anderson is headed to Oregon to compete at The Opening.

Unknown Pass Rushers. ESPN’s Brandon Chatmon breaks down some unknown players that could make an impact rushing the passer:

DE Gary Moore, Texas Tech: The Red Raiders will be hopeful Moore can step into the shoes of Robertson, who had 18 sacks during the past two seasons. Moore only started one game (against West Virginia) as a sophomore and didn’t finish with eye-popping numbers, but recorded two sacks against Iowa State. As David Gibbs looks to fix the Red Raider defense, Moore could be a key component. Originally signed as a receiver, Moore has the athleticism to develop into a pass-rushing terror for Texas Tech. It’s all potential now, but the Red Raiders will hope Moore can turn that potential into production during his junior season.

The Best and Worst Big 12 Uniforms. CBS Sports Tom Fornelli ranks the Big 12 uniforms and has Texas Tech at #6:

6. Texas Tech: As is the case at so many schools, the alternates tend to get a bit ridiculous, but Texas Tech’s base look is pretty strong. Black, red and white are three good colors to work with, and while the uniforms are rather simple and clean — which is good — there are also a few little flourishes here and there to help them stand out a bit more from the crowd. I don’t even mind when the Red Raiders go with the gray look, and I hate just about everybody’s gray look. Why is gray a color that everybody needs to try these days? Is gray the new black? It really feels like gray is the new black.

Intriguing Freshmen. ESPN’s Brandon Chatmon looks at two intriguing freshman, LB Johnathan Picone and WR T.J. Vasher:

WR T.J. Vasher: A dual-sport star who also excelled on the basketball court in high school, Vasher seems like the ideal pass catcher to put up huge numbers in the Red Raiders’ offense. At 6-foot-5, 195 pounds, Vasher has the length and ball skills to help Tech’s offense immediately. With Jakeem Grant no longer in a Red Raiders uniform, his 126 targets from a year ago are up for grabs. Vasher has the skills to demand some of those targets as Kliff Kingsbury looks to find more playmakers. He also is surprisingly elusive in the open field for a big receiver who can create immediate mismatches with his tall, lanky frame. To top it off, Vasher’s two-sport background makes his overall potential and upside particularly intriguing as a terrific athlete who will now focus on football and maximizing his potential on the gridiron.

Quarterback Gurus. SI’s Linday Schnell looks at quarterback gurus and whether or not they actually help. Mentioned in the article is former Red Raider Robert Hall, who is the offensive coordinator at Mesquite Horn and also a quarterback guru:

“This is Texas,” Hall says. “I’ve seen quarterbacks move to four different high schools in four years. I’m talking about parents selling $300,000–$400,000 homes and changing jobs just so their kid can be the starter. We’re not playing for the fun of it. This is a business.”

Hall had a “light day” on Father’s Day this year, training just four kids—a one-hour session each, at $100 a pop—but will often work out seven or eight kids each weekend day. Like Morris of Alabama-based QB Country, Hall doesn’t solicit clients. He doesn’t need to.

“I’ve got guys around here, fathers, who want their second-graders to get training,” Hall says. “I mean, second-graders can’t really process information yet. They’re just rolling on the ground, happy to be alive.”

I’m Sure There’s Nothing To This. As some of you mentioned in the comments, there’s some rumors that Jarrett Stidham is considering transferring and then maybe even following Kendal Briles to wherever he ends up after this year. You know what they say, you should never follow your girlfriend or your offensive coordinator to college.

Miscellaneous. Via the official site, there’s a new policy for bringing bags into the stadium and basically you can have a clear plastic bag and that’s it. No purses or man-bags . . . ESPN’s Brandon Chatmon predicts week 7 in the Big 12 and a win for the good guys . . . via RRS, Texas Tech QB commit Xavier Martin answered some questions from the RRS readers . . . ESPN’s Brandon Chatmon ranked the Big 12’s yards per carry and Texas Tech comes in 4th overall . . .


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