The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2018.04.25

Your daily dose of all things Texas Tech athletics.


The men’s golf team is still competing at Southern Hills in Tulsa and currently is sitting in 7th place, dropping a spot from the day before (via official site).

Texas Tech Baseball

Texas Tech dropped the first game with Arkansas 5-1 last night (Recap | Box Score). Freshman Ryan Sublette (L, 0-2) got the start and gave up all five runs to the Hogs, so the bullpen was actually reall good as Dylan Dusek, Jose Quezada and Nick Candelari only gave up 3 hits and no runs in their 5.2 innings. The problem may have been exasperated by the fact that there were four errors (only 1 of those errors came in the 1st or 2nd inning). The offense only managed 4 hits all game, struck out 17 times, and the only run that was scored was off of a brian Klein single that scored Gabe Holt. Tonight’s game is at 6:00 p.m. and will be on the SEC Network.

In addition to being named the Big 12 Player of the Week, Josh Jung was named the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Co-Hitter of the Week (via official site).

Texas Tech Basketball

I don’t think I’ve seen this, but here’s a 2018 NBA Mock Draft that has Zhaire Smith as a lottery pick (via UpRoxx’s Brad Rowland):

To put it plainly, Smith is an off-the-charts athlete. At 6’5 with a 6’10 wingspan, the freshman wing is more than capable of switching effectively on the defensive end and, at this moment, Smith is far more advanced as a defensive prospect than he is on the other end. His length and vertical athleticism play up in a big way whenever monitoring Smith on the defensive side of the ball and his motor was impressive during a relatively small sample at Texas Tech.

Texas Tech Football

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SB Nation’s Bill Connelly does a statistical break-down as to the best receivers in the 2018 NFL Draft and Texas Tech receiver Keke Coutee is the only receiver to hit the metrics in four different categories:

Coutee indeed passes every test, and his year-to-year growth was pretty incredible: plus-8 percent marginal efficiency and minus-0.33 marginal explosiveness as a little-used freshman, then plus-15 percent and plus-0.50 as a sophomore and plus-17 percent and plus-0.65 as a junior. But how much of a penalty does he get for playing in a Big 12 spread-style offense? Granted, his head coach was Mike Evans’ offensive coordinator at Texas A&M, so the lines blur here, but Coutee could fall under the “limited route tree” umbrella in a lot of coaches’ eyes.

Ronnie Daniels was an absolute stud of a running back from New Mexico, breaking all sorts of records as a prep student in New Mexico. He arrived at Texas Tech with great fanfare, but off-the-field issues kept Daniels from realizing his potential. Well, Daniels has gotten his life back on track and wants to catch on playing with the CFL or some other professional team (via KRQE’s Van Tate). I wish Daniels nothing but the best.

Even though the NFL Draft is a day away, defensive end Zach Barnes has signed on with the Edmonton Eskimos (via A-J Media’s Don Williams) and will join former Red Raider Terrence Bullitt who also plays for Edmonton. One of my guilty pleasures is watching CFL football on ESPN in June when their season starts because . . . football.

Former Red Raider footballer Justin Murphy announced that he would be moving on to UCLA as part of his graduate transfer (via LA Times).


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