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The Morning Stake | 2018.04.10

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Spring Game Update. So some family things popped up for me and I’m not going to make the spring game this weekend. I even booked the room that I’m going to have to cancel. Anyway, I hope it’s on television and I can watch it at some point over the weekend.

And if you missed yesterday, it was busy as heck: Tariq Owens committed to play for Chris Beard and the Lady Raiders have hired Marlene Stollings as their new head coach. Other news that somewhat got lost in the shuffle is that Beard moved Brian Burg up to assistant coach, replacing Chris Ogden, who moved onto the head coaching position at UT-Arlington.

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Owens Wanted More. NYPosts’ Zach Braziller writes about how new Texas Tech commit Tariq Owens wanted more from his college career:

“We had expectations as a team. The fan base had their own expectations,” Owens said shortly after deciding to leave Queens for the Big 12 school. “We didn’t meet those expectations, and we had talent. Yeah, it could be worked on. But that’s what made me want to say I’ll see what else is out there. I found a situation that is better for me.”

“Nothing made me want to leave St. John’s per se. It’s my last year. It hasn’t gone how we expected it to go, for everybody not just me. We expected ourselves to be somewhere else we didn’t get to. That alone would make anybody weigh their options.”

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Batson Going to Work. Nice story on Cam Batson getting ready for his new job.

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Mississippi State and Texas Tech Schedule 2028-29 Games. FBSchedules’ Kevin Kelley reports that Texas Tech and Mississippi State are set to play in 2028-29 in home-and-home, the 2028 game being played at Starkville and the 2029 game to be played in Lubbock.

Secret Quarterback. Bleacher Reports’ Doug Farrar writes about Nic Shimonek, who he thinks could be the secret quarterback star of the NFL Draft.

Every scouting combine has its share of fascinating quarterback stories, and the 2018 combine was no different. Sam Darnold didn’t throw. Lamar Jackson didn’t run the 40-yard dash, though he did charm most people at the podium.

For college quarterbacks who aren’t prominent names, the combine can be a struggle to get noticed—one of the last chances to get on the NFL’s radar before the draft. Throwing sessions play a big part in that, and for lesser-known quarterbacks, sometimes the only way to get on the field at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis is to be a “thrower” for the running backs the day before the quarterback and receiver drills. It isn’t glamorous, and your name doesn’t show up in lights, but maybe you’ll impress in those drills and get a shot at throwing the next day with the “big boys.”

This is good and worth your time as Shimonek breaks down plays, his reads and why he threw where he threw.


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