D Magazine’s Mark Dent has a excerpt from a book coming out, Kingdom Quarterback: Patrick Mahomes, the Kansas City Chiefs, and How a Once Swingin’ Cow Town Chased the Ultimate Comeback by Mark Dent and Rustin Dodd. That portion of the book fun story about how and why Whitehouse had the offense it did and why Patrick Mahomes became started that journey as quarterback:
When Patrick Mahomes was in junior high, a local high school coach named Reno Moore invited him to participate in a quarterback training program. To Moore, an assistant at Whitehouse High School, Mahomes was an average Texas boy, a close friend of a neighbor who often ended up at Moore’s house, waiting on the curb with a towel alongside a bunch of other kids eager to swim in Moore’s pool. But when Mahomes was out of the water, Moore saw him run around and play in the occasional backyard football game. He was impressed.
Like most everyone in East Texas, Moore was also aware of Mahomes’ athletic lineage. Mahomes had been playing sports for nearly his entire life. In his earliest years, he had a makeshift locker next to his father, Major League Baseball relief pitcher Pat Mahomes, in MLB clubhouses. He took batting practice with Alex Rodriguez and shagged balls in the outfield with Mike Hampton. In Whitehouse, the Tyler suburb where he lived, his mother worked extra shifts as an event planner to pay for his various sports leagues and athletic pursuits. Mahomes developed his strength with longtime trainer Bobby Stroupe, dropped pinpoint assists in basketball, and hit home runs in baseball, dominating so much that friends and family believed he’d be a pro prospect as a shortstop.
AP’s Dave Skretta has a 10,000 foot view of the Big 12 and how it has changed offensively.
Lubbock Avalanche Journal’s Nathan Giese has 5 bold predictions for Texas Tech football and here’s one of the five:
Bralyn Lux will be this year’s star defensive back
Based on mounds of praise heaped upon the Fresno State transfer, Bralyn Lux is on track to have a standout year in Lubbock. McGuire went out of his way to credit Lux on the first day of practice and other coaches and teammates have noted his performances ever since. Even with a veteran defensive backfield surround him, Lux has people talking, and he’ll turn that into a stellar debut season in Lubbock.
Bryce Ramirez and Cole Spencer have been named to the 2023 Comeback Player of the Year Award watch list and those seem like some good candidates. Go get ’em!
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