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The Morning Stake | 2020.05.29

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The Denver Post’s Ryan O’Hallahan has a nice article on former Red Raider footballer Douglas Coleman and his bid to make the Denver Broncos. I really enjoyed this and hope for the best for Coleman. Defensive coordinator Keith Patterson was asked to talk about Coleman:

“Being a multi-faceted player in high school and playing all the different positions, it helped those instincts,” Patterson said. “Doug was one of the first guys that bought into us and our system last spring and I really liked his approach and how he tried to master his craft.”

Texas Tech started the season with a “Quarters Match” as its base coverage, which incorporated zone (four across) that can turn into man depending on the route. Injuries in the secondary forced Patterson to play more “Cover 2” (each safety takes half of the field) and Douglas thrived in both systems.

Kind of an interesting situation in Fort Worth. TCU had one running back signed to their 2020 class, Dominic Richardson (6-0/205), but HornedFrogBlitz reported that Richardson would be released from his letter of intent. Part of the reason is that TCU signed 5-star running back Zachary Evans late in recruiting process (like in early May, which is not normal). Do you know who needs running backs? Yeah, Texas Tech, and I’m thinking that Richardson would be highly motivated for at least one game:

Richardson had a huge career as a four-year starter at Bishop McGuinness, accounting for 6,926 total yards with 80 touchdowns. Of that total, 5,998 yards came on the ground including his sophomore year when he rushed for over 2,135 yards and 26 touchdowns. Richardson chose the Frogs over Arkansas, Texas, Colorado and Iowa State among others.

I feel like I’ve already posted, this, but hey, we’re in the middle of a pandemic. BaseballAmerica has their too-early top 25 and Texas Tech is at #2:

But there should still be plenty of talent on the staff, led by righthander Micah Dallas and lefthander Mason Montgomery, and if there’s one thing this coaching staff has proven, it’s that they always figure out how to fit the pieces together in the pitching staff puzzle. Offensive production is also never a question with Texas Tech. A deep, talented recruiting class means that Tim Tadlock and his staff will have some roster decisions to make ahead of 2021, but that theoretically will only make the finished product even stronger.

Here are some tweets.

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