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The Morning Stake: December 2nd

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original-double-t Congrats to Patrick Mahomes for winning the Sammy Baugh Award and for being named an Academic All-American!

original-double-t It’s a slideshow and I normally never click on slideshows, but I actually clicked on it and this mock draft for the 2017 draft and the SportingNews has Texas Tech as the 4th player in the draft . . . overall. That would be to the Chicago Bears.

original-double-tShutdown Corner’s Eric Edholm writes about some underclassmen that have to make tough decisions regarding their future, including a bit on Texas Tech:

Like Kizer, Mahomes’ 5-7 Red Raiders will not play in a bowl game. But in contrast, his stock has been rising with a monster season (5,052 passing yards, 41 touchdowns) and his head coach, Kliff Kingsbury, appears to have received a vote of confidence about returning next year. Additionally, Mahomes said immediately following the Baylor game that he wanted to stay at Texas Tech for his senior season.

He faces a tough decision. Mahomes could end up graded high amid a middling group of QB prospects and the allure of being a top-50 pick could be too lofty to ignore. He has the size, athletic ability and Johnny Manziel-like playmaking skill (without the hair-pulling character questions) that intrigues NFL teams.

original-double-t Miscellaneous . . . I forgot to do the Big 12 preview this week (partly because of real life work stuff going on) but luckily Sports On Earth’s Matt Brown previews this weekend’s games. I’ll post an open thread for tonight, but it’s going to be a great weekend for football . . . also from Sports On Earth, the weird firing of Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson . . . here’s a good back and forth between The Ringer’s Bill Simmons and Malcolm Gladwell about the future of football, lots of NFL talk, but lots of football talk too . . .


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