The Morning Stake: March 7th

Track and Field




Texas Tech faces #1 Arizona today for a mid-week game. Details below. As far as Texas Tech’s rankings, the Red Raiders are up to #6 in D1Baseball most recent top 25 and Baseball America has Texas Tech at #14.


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ESPN’s Jake Trotter talked to Nic Shimonek, his mom and Nic’s long-time girlfriend about Nic’s other job before being a quarterback for Texas Tech, which was to refinish furniture. It’s a good read and you get to know Shimonek quite a bit. Shimonek quit the business in Lubbock before last year to concentrate on football.

 ESPN’s Max Olson has three questions for Texas Tech this spring, and this is part of the first question, which is how much impact the newcomers can have on the defense:

There’s a lot to like about junior college transfers Jaylon Lane, Octavious Morgan and Vaughnte Dorsey, and they’d better push for No. 1 reps right away this spring. Gibbs says they’ve made good gains during their first six weeks in the program. Now they need to put it on the field.

“At the end of the day, they’ve got to go out and play,” Gibbs said. “Saturday is step No. 1, they’ll continue to progress and hopefully we’ll see some drastic changes.”

Another potential difference-maker is North Texas transfer Eli Howard, whom Gibbs called “one of the dynamic players” after he made a big impression in his year on scout team. Howard will play strongside defensive end this spring but is versatile enough to play elsewhere on the line.

The other two questions is if everyone else can step up to help Shimonek and if the offensive line can improve.

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