The Morning Stake: August 25th

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 Jakeem Grant did this last night.

 A-J Media’s Don Williams has the story on Talor Nunez, whose father was just diagnosed with cancer and all he’s asking for is your good thoughts and prayers.

 A-J Media’s Don Williams has a notebook that focuses on nickelback Douglas Coleman, who said that he just didn’t know the plays last year and wasn’t able to hide the coverage very well:

“Last year a lot of the time the offense was able to know what cover we were in,” he said, “because of me not knowing how to disguise our defense well. So I worked on that.”

Tech defensive coordinator David Gibbs plans to deploy Coleman at nickel back in a five-DB base defense this season, which starts when Tech hosts Eastern Washington at 3 p.m. Sept. 2. That means covering slot receivers and being a little closer to the football.

“I feel like I get in the plays more, like I’m more involved,” Coleman said. “I get to blitz more than normal, so I like it.”

Coleman also says that Willie Sykes is pushing him each practice and Williams notes that the other players at the nickelback spot is Justus Parker and LSU transfer Abraham Wallace. Also asked of LB Brayden Stringer is who hits the hardest and he says that Riko Jeffers, Vaughnte Dorsey, Joe Wallace and Broderick Washington.

 RedRaiderSports’ Brandon Soliz has summaries from talking with NB Douglas Coleman, DE Talor Nunez, LB Brayden Stringer and WR Dylan Cantrell.

 CBS Sports’ Barton Simmons has five Big 12 freshman who will have break-out seasons in 2017 and Jack Anderson is one of them:

3. Jack Anderson, guard, Texas Tech: Not that Texas Tech needs a lot of help scoring points on offense, but Anderson — an early enrollee — won his starting job before the close of spring practice. He was one of the most college-ready offensive linemen in the class of 2017 and was a huge early get for Kliff Kingsbury on the recruiting trail. With Anderson along with fellow true freshman Dawson Deaton, the Red Raiders look to be in good shape for the future on the offensive line.

The CBS Sports also picked where team swould finish in the Big 12 and Texas Tech was picked either 8th or 9th.

 Miscellaneous . . . one of my favorite articles of the year is ESPN’s Paul Lukas on all of the college football uniform changes . . . if you want me to sell you more hope, The Power Rank’s Ed Fang ranks all FBS teams and has Texas Tech 44th in the nation behind Oklahoma, TCU, Baylor, Oklahoma State, Kansas State, and Texas . . . if you’re into this sort of thing, a deep dive into why the Pac-12 Networks will most likely never get on that DirecTV train, via Mercury News’ Jon Wilner . . . MyStatesman’s Suzanne Halliburton looks at the three Texas Tech triplets, but she still includes Da’Leon Ward at running back . . .

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