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The Morning Stake | 2018.03.09

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Out for the Weekend. Just to remind everyone, that I’ll be out for the weekend, completely away from a computer for the most part and internet service. Dan has basketball covered and LaBarre will update the baseball series thread that goes up at 11:00 a.m. (first pitch for today’s game is at 3:00 p.m.).

Something to Watch. Nothing to read this morning but this short documentary (30 minutes or so) about two friends deciding to run an ultra-marathon (100 miles):

In September 2017, I stepped up to the starting line of the Run Rabbit Run 100 in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, alongside my friend Jayson Sime. The race is a 102.9-mile ultramarathon with 20,000 feet of elevation gain, which is no small feat for a couple of guys who don’t know what they’re doing.

Jayson had talked me into it, and if I were to be completely honest, I’d say we were there to test out his life philosophy, which is basically that you can do anything you dream up, as long as you put in the work and refuse to quit. That ethic has worked for him in almost every other area of life, despite growing up in poverty, one of six children with no father, and dyslexia.

In the six months leading up to the race, we figured since we weren’t naturally talented runners, the best thing we could do is work hard. So we ran 50- to 70-mile weeks all summer, and went through a full range of feelings: fear, regret, sadness, FOMO, hunger, thirst, exhaustion, pain, and joy. And gluttony, which is not a feeling, but what happens after you run 20 or more miles.

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Series vs. Kentucky. I’m putting this information here as well as in the preview that will drop later today, but the games will be streamed on ESPN. I could not find an actual channel that they are on but in the link below, the official site has the links for the streams for all three games posted there.

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Post Practice Report. I had a chance to listen to the video and for those of you who didn’t, Kingsbury talked about how the defense is playing well and that’s a good thing as the offensive line is also playing well and that’s a good compettiion. Kingsbury is asked about the quarterbacks and he says that he’s just trying to get as many reps as he can for McLane Carter and Jett Duffey, that they’ll make mistakes, but they get right back at it. Kingsbury is asked specifically about Carter and says that he needs to work on ball security, not turning the ball over. Also asked is about how the new offensive coaches are working out and he says that is just working out well (of course, what else would he say). Additionally, Kingsbury is asked about Mason Reed and says that he’s improving and playing well.

Bowman Appreciates Opportunity. A-J Media’s Don Williams writes about senior inside receiver De’Quan Bowman, who has waited two years for his opportunity to shine at Texas Tech:

“I’ve been waiting for this my whole life,” he said after Thursday’s practice. “It’s pretty much a dream come true. I’ve been in the program for a couple of years, sitting behind some guys. Now I get that chance and just trying to seize the opportunity and take advantage.”

Tech signed Bowman out of Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College in 2016. He redshirted that first year, and then, still buried on the depth chart, played in 11 games last season and caught only two passes.

“At first, it was kind of hard for me,” he said, “but over time you’ve got to learn how to adapt and continue to work, because you should never give up.”

I think Bowman could definitely be one of those inside guys and it wouldn’t surprise me if he can play a little bit


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