The Morning Stake: June 7th

Postgraduate Scholarship Recipients

Congrats to Cameron Batson (inside receiver for football) and Reece Timmons (pole vaulter for trace and field) who were named as this year’s recipients of the 2016-17 Dr. Prentice Gautt Postgraduate Scholarship from the Big 12:

The scholarships are named in honor of the late Dr. Prentice Gautt, a former Big 12 Conference staff member and student services’ pioneer who passed away in March 2005. The list of all-time recipients has grown to 401 since the inception of the league in 1996-97. Starting in 2002-03, additional funding increased scholarship award winners to two per member institution.

Texas Tech Track and Field

Texas Tech Basketball

The Basketball Tournament is a 5-on-5 tournament that involves former college players where the final will be televised on ESPN for a $2 million prize. Here is the team for Texas Tech. Here’s ESPN’s Jeff Goodman on TBT:

Sixty teams have been unveiled for the $2 million, 64-team, winner-take-all The Basketball Tournament (TBT), with the final four coming from the TBT Jamboree, a play-in event in Philadelphia in which 16 teams buy their way into a bracket for $5,000.

TBT is in its fourth season. This year the semifinals and championship will be held in Baltimore on Aug. 1 and 3. The title game will be televised on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET.

Texas Tech Football

The weight room received a new floor and I’m not sure if they also received new equipment, but definitely a new floor and here’s a time lapse of putting in the equipment.

SI’s Colin Becht looks at the new quarterbacks across the nation and included is Nic Shimonek:

No one on this list has bigger shoes to fill than Nic Shimonek. Though he has yet to be officially named Texas Tech’s starter, Shimonek is the all-but-certain successor to Pat Mahomes II, arguably the top quarterback in Red Raiders history and the FBS leader in passing yards last season.

While matching Mahomes’s production may prove difficult, Shimonek is well positioned to shine in an offense that generates completions in bunches. He’ll have three of Texas Tech’s top four receivers back even after Jonathan Giles’s transfer. Shimonek looked up to fulfilling the Red Raiders’ QB legacy in limited action last season, including when he filled in for an injured Mahomes against Kansas and completed 15 of 21 passes for 271 yards with four touchdowns.

Also included was Will Grier who is now at West Virginia and folks are expecting big things from Grier.

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