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The Morning Stake: September 20th

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 Eli Howard and Keke Coutee earn PFF’s weekly honors:

Le’Raven Clark gets is woodwork on.

 Congrats to Nic!

 Get to know safety Abraham Wallace.

 A-J Media’s Don Williams has a notebook of items, including how well S Willie Sykes has performed thus far:

“(He) brings a lot of energy, a lot of juice,” Kingsbury said, “and if you’ve ever talked to the guy he’s non-stop talking and smiling and into it. It’s been good for our defense. He’s not afraid to stick his nose in there and make plays and just kind of has a savvy out there that is good at that nickel position.”

Additionally, there’s the note that Kolin Hill is seeing some snaps at linebacker in an attempt to get him some more snaps as Tony Jones, Zach Barnes and Eli Howard are seeing most of the time at end, while Hill, Christian Taylor, Brayden Stringer and Hill are trying to get reps at linebacker. Also, Mych Thomas received the football program’s in-house award for running down that running back on that second to last third down play.

 A-J Media’s Don Williams writes about the rough football life it is for a defensive back:

“I felt like Jaylon Lane, Octavious (Morgan) had some great coverage,” Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said, “and we got beat with a back-shoulder throw four or five times where it was just a perfect throw by the quarterback, great play by the receiver.”


Gibbs made the comment in the context that playing bump man-to-man coverage made little sense if the wide receivers, generally speaking, were more talented the cornerbacks across from them. Ironically, Morgan, in particular, pressed Harry at the line Saturday, but Harry wound up with 13 catches for 148 yards.

“Yeah, I could see some of that,” Kingsbury said Tuesday when asked about the ASU and Tech receivers’ big nights being evidence of the best players being put on offense. “It’s not a lot of glory out there and not a lot of attention unless something goes wrong for a DB. So I think most kids in Texas start playing 7-on-7, (and) you’d rather have the ball in your hand. There may be some truth to that.”

 Miscellaneous . . . the Chron’s David Barron has an article where he talks with broadcaster extraordinaire Tommy Tuberville about doing the color for the Texas Tech game and I still find this stuff entertaining. There’s an article out there about how Texas Tech should feel disrespected by ESPN for this move and I simply can’t take this game too seriously to be disrespected over a washed-up coach who thankfully left Texas Tech for a worse program and then failed there. I’ll save my disrespect for other things where I can’t turn down the volume . . . LandGrant Gauntlet’s Patrick Mayhorn has what he learned in the Big 12 from week #3 . . .


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