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The Morning Stake | 2019.07.30

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Rombach to Play for Texas Tech. Via DallasNews’ Joe Hoyt reports that Mansfield Legacy catcher Nate Rombach will play for Texas Tech and forgo playing for the Miami Marlins where he was a 19th round pick:

Rombach not signing with the Marlins is a huge boost for Texas Tech, which nearly made it to the College World Series finals a year ago. Rombach hit .442 with nine home runs and 46 RBIs during his senior season. The numbers don’t begin to tell how much of an impact he had at Legacy, according to head coach Chris McMullen.

“It’s one thing to say you want to be great, but it’s another thing to put in the work and actually mean it,” McMullen said of Rombach earlier this year. “He’s just had a tremendous impact all the way through the program. Guys have seen him work. I just can’t say enough good things about him.”

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Coleman’s to Contribute. RedRaiderSports’ Brandon Soliz writes about defensive back Douglas Coleman, who has seemingly bought completely in to the new staff (not that anyone else hasn’t, but I get that vibe) and will play all over the place, nickel, safety, and cornerback:

DB coach Julius “Juice” Brown and safeties coach Kerry Cooks work with Coleman daily. Coleman can see playing time at nickel, safety or corner each day in practice. He said he would line up wherever the team needs him. With some holes at safety, Coleman said right now it’s a three-man rotation between himself, Thomas Leggett and Adrian Frye.

Those decisions will all be made up by coach Juice and Cooks, who have made a mark on Coleman already.

“I’ll just tell you, coach Juice has the juice. He’s a really good teacher. He’s not going to just yell at you. He’s going to correct you until you get it and move on. Coach Cooks – that’s my guy. That’s my personal position coach. He’s been to the NFL so he can tell me what I need to know and how to get there.”

Breakout Candidates. AthlonSports’ Steve Lassan writes about a handful of Big 12 breakout player candidates and included is quarterback Alan Bowman as well as running back Ta’Zhawn Henry:

Running Back – Ta’Zhawn Henry, Texas Tech

At 5-foot-7 and 170 pounds, Henry may not see 30 carries a week, but the Houston native is poised to take on a bigger role in 2019. As a true freshman last fall, Henry ran for 341 yards and eight touchdowns over 86 attempts and caught 22 passes for 196 yards and a score.

Young Defensive Ends. InsideTheRedRaiders’ Jarrett Johnson writes about the two young defensive ends, Tony Bradford and Gilbert Ibeneme, and Broderick Washington, Jr. talked about the two young defensive linemen:

“We’ve got two freshman d-linemen that know all our plays right now. All the plays we ran in the spring, they know them right now,” said Washington. “Tony Bradford and ‘Gilbo’. Both of them already know what it’s going to be like, what to expect, what our plays are and that’s just because we have had meetings all through the summer and they were just able to come in our room like they has always been there, really.”


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