The Morning Stake: March 2nd


Lady Raider Basketball



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ESPN’s Jake Trotter has one question for each team heading into spring practice and here’s the one for Texas Tech (the answer is heck yes):

Is Nic Shimonek ready to take the reins in Lubbock?

Patrick Mahomes has been a constant for Texas Tech the last two-and-a-half years as one of the most electric quarterbacks in the country. With Mahomes declaring for the draft, the Red Raiders will turn first to Shimonek, who transferred from Iowa in 2014. In his only meaningful action last season, Shimonek tossed four touchdowns in one half. That, however, came against Kansas. Can Shimonek wheel and deal against the rest of the league? This spring will provide a glimpse.

MMQB’s Emily Kaplan profiles QB Patrick Mahomes:

The 21-year-old has the rugged frame (6′ 3″, 230 pounds), the MLB-caliber arm (literally) and enough charisma to convince teams he can buck a growing list of Air Raid flops. In the past six months, he has risen to become a legitimate first-round option. “I think people will have to wonder if they’re talking themselves into loving him because it’s a generally weak class,” says an AFC personnel man. “But as you watch his tape, you see this kid has traits that are just special. His footwork needs work and there are mechanical issues to sort out, but his potential is exciting.”

The NFL Draft Combine starts today and you can view the entire schedule here, but Mahomes will be measured today, receive psychological testing, meet with the press, meet with the NFLPA and bench press tomorrow (Mahomes won’t bench press because of his wrist injury) and Saturday will be the on-field workouts.

 Miscellaneous . . .

  • RRS’s Drew Kohnle has a look at the type of players that new defensive lien coach Terrance Jamison recruited and coached at Florida Atlantic.
  • This CBS Sports mock draft has Patrick Mahomes going 6th overall to the Jets. That’s the highest I’ve seen Mahomes going.
  • ESPN reports that the Texas Rangers (not the baseball team) has opened a preliminary investigation of how Baylor handled the allegations of sexual assault.
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