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The Morning Stake: August 14th

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 Former Texas Tech baseballer Chad Bettis has been battling cancer, will get the nod today for the Rockies.

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 It appears that former LSU walk-on Abraham Wallace is transferring to Texas Tech.

According to his LSU Bio, Wallace is a sophomore, but this TigerDroppings post said that he’ll graduate this summer so he’ll have two years of eligibility. Also, via there’s a ton of quotes about Abraham choosing Texas Tech:

Wallace immediately contacted Texas Tech associate head coach Jabbar Juluke, who joined the Red Raiders in February after spending last season on the LSU staff.

“Once I got my release papers and decided to go forward, I gave him a call, and he told me it was all good,” Wallace said. “Him being up there gave me a familiar face, because the last four years I’ve been pretty much around one group of guys, so me not being around them anymore, I would be kind of nervous had there not been someone I had a previous relationship with.”

There’s two more interesting things, the first is that Wallace talks a bit about Giles and Fehoko and they both told Wallace that there are “fewer eyes” watching Big 12 football, which I find kinda funny, and then there’s the news from about Trey Quinn transferring to SMU. Texas Tech was heavily involved with Quinn when he committed to LSU.

 Via the Kansas City Star, Patrick Mahomes has officially been elevated to the #2 quarterback position:

“We’re going to give Patrick a chance to work with the twos, like Tyler has had here in the last couple of weeks,” coach Andy Reid said. “And it’s not because of Tyler’s performance in the game. I thought he actually played very well, but it gives Patrick, who did a nice job too, an opportunity to step up and work with that second group and see what he could do there.”

 Via the Detroit Free Press, former Texas Tech footballer Kerry Hyder, who led the Detroit Lines with 8 sacks last year, was taken off the field with a significant Achilles injury:

“He’s got a significant Achilles injury so the doctors will take a look at it further and kind of see, but it doesn’t look good,” Caldwell said. “He worked so hard and it’s tough anytime any guy gets injured. He put a lot of time into getting ready for the season and those kind of things, so it’s a difficult thing.”

 Star-Telegram’s Kevin Lonnquist writes about Texas Tech commit Clayton Franks at Mansfield Legacy who discusses playing offensive line and committing to Texas Tech:

It also turned out to be a banner offseason for Franks (6-4, 285) as he gave a verbal commitment to Texas Tech. That was an easy decision. Other Power 5 schools including Oklahoma, Baylor and Oklahoma State had some interest. However, Franks said they were going to watch him in the fall to see how his game had developed. The Red Raiders saw what they needed to see.

“When I talked to [Tech offensive line coach Brandon Jones], he basically said I was valuable to him,” Franks said. “Really, it doesn’t matter where I could play for them from left tackle to right guard. As player, you want to go where you’re wanted.”


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