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The Morning Stake: September 23rd

Your daily dose of all things Texas Tech athletics.


original-double-t Conference play starts this weekend, both games at home, taking on Kansas tonight at 7:00 pm, the game being streamed at in Lawerance and Iowa State on Sunday against Iowa State at 1:00 pm.



original-double-t “I’m Giovanni McLean and I’m here at Texas Tech because I want to become a winner.”

original-double-tLAJ’s Krista Pirtle has a bit about how the team hosted an event last night for season ticket holders.


original-double-t It’s fine. Just fine. LAJ’s Don Williams reports that the 11 year old turf for Texas Tech is fine, just fine and will likely be replaced in a year or two:

“I would anticipate this turf-field replacement being in the next year or two,” Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt said this month. “We had intentions of replacing it prior to this season.

“Coach (Kliff) Kingsbury asked if we could postpone that project. He likes the speed at which this field plays, so we had FieldTurf come out and go through a number of Gmax testing, which measures the firmness, measures a number of safety-related metrics with this surface, and it’s still within acceptable standards.”

So, there you have it, it isn’t being replaced because Kingsbury wants to keep going fast. As long as it’s safe, it’s fine with me.

original-double-tNFL’s Daniel Jeremiah asked five general managers as to the most underrated quarterback in the country and one answer was Shane Buechele, which is odd that a freshman was picked, also Davis Webb and Patrick Mahomes:

Executive 2: Davis Webb, Cal
“I really like Webb at Cal. He’s got great size, a strong arm and top-shelf intangibles. His footwork is a little raw and he needs to improve his quickness through progressions but he has a lot to work with.”

Executive 3: Patrick Mahomes II, Texas Tech
“I like Falk at Washington State but I’ll go with the kid at Texas Tech. He’s got a big arm, he’s athletic and he has tremendous upside.”

original-double-tScout’s Greg Powers picked Texas Tech commit Xavier Martin as the high school recruit of the week:

Martin and his TXHSFB No. 7 Cibolo (Texas) Steele teammates have played a murderous schedule to start off the year and last week’s 24-17 win over a very tough Smithson Valley (Texas) team sets up a showdown with No. 3 Converse (Texas) Judson in what will likely be the game for district supremacy. In the win over Smithson Valley, Martin passed for 299 yards and two scores, but most importantly he orchestrated a scoring drive late in the fourth quarter. That drive was capped off by a 19-yard touchdown strike, which helped secure the victory.

original-double-t Miscellaneous . . . Sports On Earth’s Matt Brown takes you though the weekend of college football games . . .


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