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The Morning Stake: November 29th

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original-double-t Rivals’ Mike Farrell highlighted Jordyn Brooks play against Baylor this past week:

A big, physical mid-level three-star linebacker, Brooks was always an accomplished tackler who only lacked speed in space and some quick twitch ability. He could come off the edge well and his instincts were solid.

original-double-tLAJ’s Don Williams writes about two situations, a possibility of attempting to play Kansas State in week 2 of the season as K-State and Texas Tech both have open dates in week 2 and about the future of the Texas Tech-Baylor game in Arlington. On the Kansas State situation, Hocutt doesn’t think that this will necessarily happen and it appears that Texas Tech is very much attempting to get out of a bye in that second week:

“I’d say a slim possibility,” Hocutt said Sunday, “knowing what I know about what Kansas State’s trying to do with their early season schedule, non-conference opponents.”

Tech’s 2017 non-conference schedule is Sept. 2 vs. Eastern Washington, Sept. 16 vs. Arizona State and Sept. 23 at Houston.

“We’ve actually had preliminary conversations with Houston (about) flip-flopping so we don’t have a bye in week two,” Hocutt said. “I’m not sure if there’s any optimism for that, so all that being said, it’s still to be determined.”

There also isn’t any sort of decision about the TT-BU game, that if this game was to ever move off of the Saturday after Thanksgiving, then Hocutt would look at moving this game.

original-double-tFSWT’s Mac Engel writes about how the state of Texas needs to stop running the spread and start playing football. I’ll be honest, I don’t really understand Engel’s argument and I’m not sure if he’s critical that teams like Texas Tech run the spread or if his criticism is that high schools runs the spread. Or is the criticism that there’s not enough emphasis on the offensive and defensive lines? I’m not 100% sure. In any event, I think it’s partly about tempo, slow down the tempo and things change dramatically. It’s not about the spread so much and the spread isn’t going away.


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