The Morning Stake | 2018.09.20

Your daily dose of all things Texas Tech athletics.

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This is pretty neat, as Texas Tech has hired Dr. Tyler Bradstreet as the newly created position of Director of Clinical and Sport Psychology:

In this role, Bradstreet will provide specialized clinical and sports psychology services for Texas Tech student-athletes across all 17 sports as part of a structured program through the sports medicine department. Bradstreet will present to student-athletes regularly and will be available for one-on-one evaluations as needed.

“Dr. Bradstreet is a vital addition to our sports medicine staff as we strive to provide our student-athletes with the best medical care available,” said Grant Stovall, Senior Associate Athletics Director in charge of Texas Tech’s sports medicine program. “We recognize the needs of our student-athletes, and as a department, we want to continue to evolve to fit those needs. Dr. Bradstreet is a great addition to our staff, and he will be an invaluable resource to our student-athletes.”

Texas Tech Volleyball

First win over a ranked team since 2012 and first win against Baylor since 2014! Huge winfor head coach Tony Graystone. Congrats to the entire program (I was able to watch some of this match and Chandler Atwood was really good).

Texas Tech Soccer

Texas Tech Cross Country

Nice feature on the Halloran sisters. Check this out.

Texas Tech Football

Our very own Spencer Rogers appeared with the folks at CowboyState Podcast yesterday, so make sure and check that out.

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Houston Chronicle’s Joseph Duarte Tweeted the following from Houston head coach Major Applewhite:

During appearance on The Matt Thomas Show on @SportsTalk790, Houston coach Major Applewhite was asked about Texas Tech’s game plan for All-America DT Ed Oliver: “I’m never going to whine and complain about holding calls, but there is holding that is going on. It’s very difficult for officials, I think, to call every time it’s there. You had 2 in a row and I think the tendency it’s human nature ‘I can’t keep calling this, I’m going to impose myself on the game as an official. But you have to call what is there, have to call what you are seeing. There is going to be holding & there is going to be holding on No. 10 & that’s not his fault. Like any great DL you have to get over it & get on to the next play and have an impact on the game regardless.

Whatever you think about Kliff Kingsbury, he does not make excuses. Full stop.

A-J Media’s Don Williams writes about the pass defense (or lack thereof) and goes through the reasons why this is happening:

“A lot of teams in the Big 12 will continue to go fast,” Bonney said. “That’s something we’re going to see week in and week out. We’ve just got to adjust to it in practice and keep hammering it in.”

“You have to try different things,” Kingsbury said. “Change up coverages, looks, personnel, whatever it takes to make sure you don’t have guys going 60 or 70 yards three or four times a game. Just can’t happen.”

NewsOK’s Scott Wright writes about Derrick Perkins, a former high school head coach that was hired as an offensive graduate assistant with the inside receivers:

“Very hard worker,” Kingsbury said. “Great person. Treats the players really well. Always up here, very diligent and a great attitude. We’re lucky to have him as part of our staff.”

FiveThirtyEight’s Neil Paine has this as the title to his article, “Patrick Mahomes And The Chiefs Are Red-Hot. For Once, They Might Stay That Way.” Hell yes.

Kansas City is hoping this newfound offensive attack can prevent another midseason letdown like the one the team suffered last year. The 2017 Chiefs also got off to a blazing start, winning their first five games behind a dominating offense. Then they promptly lost six of seven at midseason to bring their record to 6-6, requiring a four-game end-of-season winning streak just to make the playoffs. That wasn’t exactly rare for K.C. under Andy Reid: The Chiefs finished the 2014 season on a 2-4 stretch after starting 7-3, and they went 2-5 down the stretch in 2013 after a 9-0 start. So Chiefs fans would be forgiven for tempering their optimism at the moment. But the versatility of this year’s attack — made possible in part by Mahomes’s unique arm strength and comfort level in a spread system — might be the missing ingredient that makes this hot start more sustainable than the ones that fizzled in years past.

Texas Football’s Shehan Jeyarajah writes about quarterback Alan Bowman:

Bowman’s biggest tests are yet to come. Texas Tech travels to Oklahoma State next week, and hosts Heisman hopeful Will Grier a week later. But regardless, Texas Tech’s quarterback position is once again in good hands. If the running game keeps up alongside it, and the defense gets better, it’s going to be a special year in Lubbock.

Miscellaneous . . . Heartland College Sports’ Dave Beall previews and predicts the Texas TEch vs. Oklahoma State game . . .


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