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The Morning Stake: July 26th

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 Good stuff as the players went to visit the Ronald McDonald House yesterday:

 Of course they’re all receivers.


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 From the Tribune News Service’s Sam Mellinger, a profile on how Patrick Mahomes became a top 10 pick. Somewhat interesting in that this story is written after Kansas City fired their GM and Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury affirmed that he had never spoken to the GM prior to Mahomes being drafted by Kansas City. There were two things that stood out to me from the article, the first being Kingsbury on Mahomes’ ability to pick up the what’s being taught to him:

“Maybe it’s his style of play or improvisational skills, but people assume he’s not a cerebral cat,” Kingsbury said. “I’m telling you, the way he picks things up off the board, or off the film, it’s as good as anyone I’ve ever been around.”

The second item was Kingsbury letting his shield down a bit in discussing the 2016 season. Kingsbury essentially stated that Mahomes took those chances last year because they asked him to take those chances because he knew that the team would have to score a lot of points:

“We weren’t great up front, and we needed to score a bunch of points, so we knew there would be times he tried to do too much, but we would live with it,” Kingsbury said. “A lot of the interceptions you saw, we were down big and he had to force some things.

“That was part of the deal: ‘If you don’t do it, nobody’s going to do it.’ So he had to cut loose and throw into tight windows because that’s what we were asking.”

Via the AP, how would you fee if 48 of 53 deceased college football players had CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy). I know the results were skewed a bit, but this is still a real problem:

CTE was diagnosed in 177 former players or nearly 90 percent of brains studied. That includes 110 of 111 brains from former NFL players; 48 of 53 college players; nine of 14 semi-professional players, seven of eight Canadian Football league players and three of 14 high school players. The disease was not found in brains from two younger players.

A panel of neuropathologists made the diagnosis by examining brain tissue, using recent criteria from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, McKee said.

 Lubbock Avalanche Journal’s Don Williams has a roster snapshot of wide receiver Antoine Wesley:

Jones said Wesley “did an awesome job on scout team,” to the point Wesley was one of the players he used to demonstrate proper fundamentals. Wesley made steady improvement — not a given for many freshmen — and the team’s top defensive backs vouched for him, Jones said, based on going against him in one-on-one drills.

Wesley’s combination of being a quick learner with a plus vertical jump and large catch radius makes him someone the Red Raiders will count on in the future. The question is how quickly he can advance.

 Miscellaneous . . . Heartland College Sports has their Big 12 preseason poll and has Texas Tech 9th to start the season . . .


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