The Morning Stake: August 31st

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 A-J Media’s Nicholas Talbot writes about Lonzell Gilmore, who is a Katrina refugee, is constantly checking in with his mom, who ended up having to evacuate as well in Houston as a result of Hurrican Harvey:

“I’m a strong believer that everything happens for a reason,” Gilmore said. “Dealing with Hurricane Katrina, it was kind of hard. I was the type of kid that didn’t want to move. I had a school and friends and when Katrina hit, we did a ton of moving and it was hard making new friends and moving from this place to that place. Now, I am older I am OK with the concept of moving away, so it is OK, but I feel bad for all the young kids that might have to move from Houston and go through what I had to (go through).”

 A-J Media’s Carlos Silva, Jr. writes about Nsimba and Nzuzi Webster, Nzuzi is a cornerback and Nsimba is a receiver:

“I have to learn to be a leader and since we have a young group coming in. I have to set the standard,” said Nsimba, who will look to fill a production void left by the loss of the Eagles’ top three receivers Cooper Kupp (1,700 yards, 17 touchdowns), Kendrick Bourne (1,201, seven TDs) and Shaq Hill (1,157, 17 TDs) from a season ago. “and the standard we have and always going to be here. And work done and they can show the standard. The previous receivers showed.

In so many words, Nzuzi was well aware of the challenge the Red Raiders’ offense — specifically the wide receivers — will pose Saturday.

“Quite a few of them have speed and athleticism. And their outside receivers have some size, as well, while their slot guys are shifty and fast,” said Nzuzi, who notched 56 tackles and one interception last season. “Our job is to use the gameplan and be physical with them and aggressive. We have to hold their passing game down and be able to make tackles in space.”

 RedRaiderSports’ Will McKay writes about DT Mych Thomas, who has lost weight and re-made himself:

“It was a lot. I know Coach Whitt just had me in there working my ass off, and I just tried to do the best I could. I trusted in their program, and they trusted in me. I used that to help my ability.”

Typically, it takes most junior college players a full year to really get in a rhythm on the field. Headed into year two, Thomas feels like he’s really grasping what D-line coach Terrence Jamison and DC David Gibbs want from him much more so than he did a year ago.

“It’s getting great. Last year, it was my first time playing at the DI level, so you’re always (all over the place). But this year I’m on the right page. I’m doing everything well.”

 Miscellaneous . . . want to be inspired? Kansas State’s Bill Snyder for the Player’s Tribune about his start at K-State and so much more . . .

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