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The Morning Stake: July 20th

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Texas Tech Soccer

 It appears that the soccer program is holding their elite and junior elite camp and they’re tweeting things out on their twitter feed, like when to be ready for breakfast. That’s a pretty cool way to get a lot of talented players to follow your twitter account.

Texas Tech Football

 First try.

 Congrats to Nic Shimonek for being named to the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Watch List.

 Texas Tech head football coach Kliff Kingsbury will take part in ESPN’s car wash on Thursday:

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Here’s the schedule (I’m saving you a click):

8:25 a.m. – ESPN Images
8:40 a.m. – Jake Trotter
9 a.m. – Hallie Grossman
9:20 a.m. – Heather Dinich
9:45 a.m. – SportsCenter Originals
10 a.m. – SCEU
10:20 a.m. – SportsCenter
10:40 a.m. – Sunday NFL Countdown
12:15 p.m. – Highly Questionable
12:30 p.m. – Championship Drive Podcast
12:45 p.m. – Paul Finebaum Show
1:15 p.m. – Ryen Russillo Show
1:40 p.m. – Freddie & Fitz

 RedRaiderSports’ Will McKay writes about the JUCO transfers who have brought a new attitude to the defense. This quote is from Jah’Shawn Johnson, but there are other quotes from Dylan Cantrell and Cameron Batson:

“They’re so aggressive. There are times with Dorsey where he’s just flying in there. In the spring, he may not have been doing the right thing every play, but he’s around the ball every play. If you’re going to mess up, you need to mess up going 110 miles per hour. That’s one thing he’s done. Octavious, he likes to hit, and that’s beautiful for a corner. Safeties like it when your corners want to hit. Think about the Seahawks guys. They all like to hit. It’s just a lot of fun playing with those guys.”

 Kesean Carter committed ot Texas Tech on Tuesday and RedRaiderSports’ Matt Clare talked to Carter about his decision to commit to the Red Raiders:

“I had already told the coaches about my commitment last weekend,” Carter said. “I was really just thinking about how to announce everything. They were very happy and were just telling me they love me as a receiver for their offense. They were very excited to have me on board and we talked about getting me in touch with the quarterback commitment and some of the other 2018 commitments.

“The track coaches were just as excited and told me that I’m one of the fastest guys they have seen this year. I currently run the 100m, the 4×2 and the 4×1 for The Woodlands, but I’m going to change to the 4×4 instead of the 4×1 next year. Coach Kittley didn’t mention any specific events, but I’m open to running in any event at the next level.”

 LAJ’s Nicholas Talbot writes taht Cameron Batson will continue to be returning punts:

“I welcome that,” he said at Big 12 media days Monday at The Star in Frisco. “I always wanted to do that and that is what is going to help me to the next level. I am a guy that likes to take the risk. It is one of those plays where you are the only man that gets to show your talents on the play. It is a time to show how athletic you are.”

Batson also was asked about a breakout receiver and said Quan Shorts, T.J. Vasher and Derrick Willies.

 LAJ’s Don Williams has a roster snapshot on Quan Shorts:

“He’s always been one of my favorite guys,” wide receivers coach Emmett Jones said. “His speed is ridiculous. Just keep him healthy and I think we’ll be fine.”

Jones said last season was a growth year for Shorts. He watched the receivers with whom he came into the program such as Willies, Keke Coutee and Jonathan Giles have success and bought in more to coaching and expectations. Jones used to tell Shorts one play could change his career and believes the long TD against Baylor helped his confidence.


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