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The Morning Stake: July 25th

Your daily dose of all things Texas Tech athletics.

Texas Tech Big 12 Athlete of the Year Nominees

Lady Raider Basketball

 Via ESPNW, congrats are in order for former Lady Raider basketballer Sheryl Swoopes who married long-time fiance Chris Unclesho.

Texas Tech Basketball

 I believe that Corky Oglesby was recently diagnosed with cancer.

Texas Tech Football

Buy your very own Staking The Plains t-shirt at the Staking The Plains Threadless Shop. Click on that danged shirt (or the link).

 NewsOK’s Jenni Carlson writes about IR Cameron Batson, who is set to graduate this summer with honors, cum laude, and will be working on his master’s degree this fall and spring:

The best part of the journey was calling his parents, Ericka and Willie, and telling them that he was going to graduate with honors.

“It was great,” he said, grinning. “I know they’re proud of me.”

This fall, Batson plans to start work on a second bachelor’s degree, this one in management. And as the winner of one of the Big 12’s Prentice Gautt Postgraduate Scholarships, he has $10,000 to put toward work on a master’s degree.

“And I do not want it to go to waste,” Batson said, smiling again. “That has to get spent.”

 Lubbock Avalanche Journal’s Don Williams has a roster snapshot on Demarcus Fields, who was injured all of last year:

Coming off a year spent not only not playing but not practicing, Fields’ potential impact for 2017 figures to be limited. Defensive coordinator David Gibbs said Fields’ only on-field work consisted of some 7-on-7 in the summer of 2016, before preseason practice started.

Gibbs will train Fields at safety once he gets onto the field.

He’ll be in a pool behind a half-dozen returnees: Jah’Shawn Johnson, Kisean Allen, Vaughnte Dorsey, Justus Parker, Payton Hendrix and Kevin Moore.

 Miscellaneous . . . NewsOK’s Berry Tramel writes that the problem with the Big 12 is that it’s top heavy and there’s not enough balance (some of that I would argue is national perception) . . . via the Washington Post, former Red Raider footballer Pete Robertson has a new opportunity in the NFL with Washington . . .


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