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Sep 7, 2013; Lubbock, TX, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders wrap the Will Rogers statue in red paper before the game against Stephen F. Austin at Jones AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Red Raiders Daily: Baseball Turnaround, Stidham on Dual-Threat Label

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After turnaround season, Texas Tech in position to end 10-year NCAA postseason drought

George Watson, Lubbock A-J

Where the Red Raiders are right now is in a position they haven’t been in since 2004. By most national pundits’ and publications’ projections (though Tadlock won’t say it), Tech is a virtual lock to end its 10-year NCAA postseason drought.

With an official Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) of 16 to start the week, the Red Raiders have shown their ability to compete, and succeed, against quality competition. Tech is 7-6 against the RPI Top 25, 12-12 against the Top 50 and 16-14 against the Top 100.

Dual-threat QBs run away from labels

Damon Sayles,

Physically, Stidham has the stature of a pro-style quarterback at 6-3 and 180 pounds, but his athleticism and playmaking ability out of the pocket make him an ideal dual-threat candidate. Stidham threw for nearly 2,700 yards and 30 touchdowns and rushed for nearly 1,000 yards and 16 scores, which supports the dual-threat argument.

“I think sometimes with dual-threat guys, people don’t think of us throwing as well as pocket passers,” Stidham said. “They think that we’d rather run before throwing, and in my case, I’d much rather throw 100 percent of the time than run. It just so happens I can get out the pocket a little and make some runs.

“I think some think automatically, we want to run first. Half the time, it’s the other way around.”

Big 12 recruiting scorecard

Max Olson,

Total commits: 7
ESPN 300 commits: 2
The latest: The Red Raiders landed a new pledge this weekend from Missouri City (Texas) Elkins ATH Jonathan Giles. TTU beat out Missouri and six other schools for Giles, who plays QB in high school and probably translates as a receiver in the Red Raiders’ scheme. Even better news, Tech RB commit Corey Dauphine won a state title in the 200-meter dash Saturday with a blazing time of 20.76 seconds.


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