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The Morning Stake: April 20th

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Texas Tech Football

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Via LAJ’s Don Williams, a couple of Texas Tech football folks received awards at the Texas Tech Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame last night. Tommy McVay won the Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football award and Justis Nelson was named the Texas Tech scholar-athlete. Williams also shared on Twitter that Nelson will work for a police department in Colorado and continuing what his parents did, who are both police officers. Oh, and Nelson got married 3 weeks ago, so congrats!

Here’s Tommy McVeigh accepting his award:

Former Red Raiders cornerback Justis Nelson was named the Texas Tech scholar-athlete, and Tommy McVay was the recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football award. McVay’s been with the Tech football program since 1996 as a right-hand man to Spike Dykes, Mike Leach, Tommy Tuberville and Kliff Kingsbury.

“It looks to me like they were running out of people to give this thing to,” McVay said, eliciting laughs. “But I really appreciate the honor. I want to thank (Tech athletic directors) Gerald Myers and Kirby Hocutt for letting me hang around for 20 years. To work for four head coaches, in this business today, that’s pretty unusual. Spike, if not for him, I wouldn’t be standing in this position today.”

Sports On Earth’s David Ubben writes about the transition to the NFL and his former head coach Kliff Kingsbury says that the NFL can make it as easy or difficult as they want it:

“An NFL team can make it as hard as they want for a quarterback to transition,” Kingsbury said. “If they want to say, ‘Hey, you’re going to do it exactly how we do it. You’re going to be under center every play, nothing but drop back and turn your back on the play action, recalling protections.’ Yeah, that’s going to be a hard learn. But if you’re going to rely on a young guy early, play to his skill set and what you watched on film his entire career, he can play at a high level pretty quickly.”


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