The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2019.03.25

Your daily dose of all things Texas Tech athletics.

Leading Off

Just Not Enough Time. I’m happy to not have enough time, but son of a gun, spring sports and winning creates a severe lack of time for this hombre. I owe different people emails and I’m just not going to get to them until maybe my lunch hour today.

Texas Tech Track and Field

Texas Tech Golf

Texas Tech Tennis

Texas Tech Softball

Dropped 3 Straight. The softball team dropped 3 straight to Oklahoma over the weekend. I do want to mention that Oklahoma is very good at softball, like probably national championship level type of team.

Texas Tech Baseball

Sweep of Michigan, Loss to Stetson. Texas Tech did sweep Michigan on Saturday but then suffered a loss to Stetson yesterday, 7-5. This was the 4th day in a row for Texas Tech, while this was the second game for Stetson and they were basically throwing out their Saturday starter. Texas Tech did force extra innings, but things got away from them in the 10th inning. I haven’t had time to check to see if Keith has updated the series thread, it’s been that sort of weekend.

Texas Tech Basketball

Sweet Sixteen. This celebration maybe embodies who Chris Beard is and the toughness of his team. This is his man, Brandone Francis, the man he’s basically taught to be a man and Francis would absolutely go to war for Beard, celebrating.

If you didn’t know they were celebrating, you’d think that they were about to get into a fight. This is a very tough group and they celebrate like they play. If you want to see a ton more videos like the one above and #content then click on the men’s basketball twitter feed and enjoy.

Texas Tech Football

Practice Things.

A-J Media’s Don Williams writes about how the spring is possibly going to be about experimentation to some extent:

Wells says it’s not musical chairs, but he’s seen in the past that some linemen can play only one position, some are comfortable on only one side. Others are more versatile.

“We’re kind of trying to figure out who they are,” Wells said, “and what you’re trying to do is this: You sacrifice what you love for something you love more. I love chemistry on the o-line. I love guys being set in stone.

“I love that, but I like options more than I like that in spring. Therefore, that’s why we’re going to move guys around. We’ll probably do that in training camp, move some guys around until we find out who are our top six, seven or eight.”

Frye will play somewhere on the back end. As a redshirt freshman, he led the Big 12 last season with 18 passes defended (five interceptions, 13 breakups) and iced victories at Oklahoma State and TCU with interceptions.

RedRaiderSports’ Brandon Soliz also has a recap from head coach Matt Wells media availability (still not showing these on YouTube) with some thoughts on the standouts thus far:

Starting with the ones during a portion of practice at inside receiver was Dalton Rigdon. Rigdon is someone Wells said is never missing a beat with his play.

“I think he’s been a fairly consistent player through six practices so far,” Wells said about Rigdon. “Seems to have a knack for making big plays.”

Two other standout receivers so far have been Caden Leggett and Erik Ezukanma. Both made tremendous catches at outside receiver on Friday. Wells compared the two by saying they both have strong forearms and hands.

He’s interested to see them grow with both being younger guys playing behind the likes of TJ Vasher, Seth Collins and a couple of other. However, he’s expecting them to be in the mix.

Someone that hasn’t complained, missed a practice and has been balling out in his eyes is DB Douglas Coleman. Expect Coleman to continue to grow into a big part on the Texas Tech defense, which Wells had this to say about that side of the football in general…


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