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The Morning Stake | 2018.10.24

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Denton Record-Chronicle’s Brady Keane writes that Argyle center fielder Dillon Carter, a 2019 guy, has committed to Texas Tech. Carter originally committed to TCU as a sophomore, but backed out and and is now committed to Tim Tadlock:

With an aggressive style of play that closely resembles that which Texas Tech has become known for under Tadlock, Carter hopes to fit right in with the Red Raiders. His aggressive nature and knack for making key, momentum swinging plays was an integral part of Argyle’s run to a perfect 37-0 season that ended with the Class 4A state championship.

Carter hit .375 with 24 RBIs, 46 runs, 32 walks and 14 stolen bases as a junior and made just one error as a rangy defender in center field.

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I mentioned yesterday that our very own Michael McDonald was on the Rob Breaux Show and you can listen to all 16 minutes right there at that link. Great job Michael!

I forgot to post this yesterday. You’ll notice that I’ll get more forgetful as the season continues and even more forgetful once basketball season starts (that’s like in a week and a half so it’s right around the corner).

A-J Media’s Don Williams writes about the running backs who have had to replace running back DaLeon Ward:

That remains the reason, Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said Tuesday, why he’s been an afterthought in the game plan. Ward carried three times in the Oct. 11 victory at TCU and not at all Saturday against Kansas, though he got in the game.

“We’ve been trying to get him full speed again since that injury,” Kingsbury said. “It’s kind of a nagging injury, getting him caught up to speed with our offense, getting him full speed in practice and practicing at a high level. So we’re still working through that with him, and we feel good about the other guys playing.”

Des Moines Register’s Randy Peterson writes that Iowa State fans should not expect a blowout this year:

Obviously, he was talking about a defense against whom Joel Lanning scored five touchdowns while rushing for 171 yards. The Cyclones scored their most points since beating Colorado State 69-0 in 1980.

I’m guessing we won’t hear anything like that, because Kingsbury’s team is finally playing at least some defense. Tech has allowed Big 12 opponents to average just rushing 134.3 yards, third among conference teams. The pass defense average is 288.1 yards a game, which isn’t so good.

LOL:

Mike Lee missed KU’s contest against West Virginia due to injury. He returned for the game against Texas Tech and was “having fun out there,” when his day was cut short by a targeting call that knocked him out of the game.

“It hurt to get kicked out of the game. I was doing so good. I had them terrified,” Lee recalled of the outing. “I had them terrified: Texas Tech’s offense and their running backs.”

Miscellaneous . . . also from the Des Moines Register is the report that Matt Kempt may be getting healthier, but he’s not supplanting Brock Purdy . . . Star-Telegram’s Drew Davison writes that the New Mexico police do not understand how TCU could NOT have known about KaVontae Turpin’s assault charge . . .

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