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Texas Tech Links: Amaro & Hinkle are TTU's Athletes of the Year; Moreno & Proudfoot Return

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Jace Amaro and Jaelene Hinkle are nominated as Texas Tech's Athletes of the Year. Dominic Moreno and Tim Produfoot return.

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Hello and I hope you all have a great Saturday.

Amaro & Hinkle Are Texas Tech's Athletes of the Year. Every member of the Big 12 nominates their athletes of the year and Texas Tech nominated Jace Amaro and Jaelene Hinkle.  Congrats to both!

Up-Tempo Offense. I'm not going to really get into my thoughts until next week, but one of the things that I've been thinking about, that I don't think I've seen mentioned anywhere else, is the idea that the TCU offense was one of the slowest offenses in terms of pace that you'd find, but with Gary Patterson moving towards a spread and more fast-paced offense, then I think this is going to make that vaunted TCU defense a bit more human.  Don't get me wrong, Patterson has produced some of the best, but I think it will have an effect.  Every spread team goes 3-and-out at inopportune times and has the ball for a total of 30 seconds.  Anyway, HawkeyedFrog at Frogs O' War wrote about this separately (in addition to answering the question that I'll post on Friday).

#33 by Lindy's. The folks at Lindy's thinks that Texas Tech is the #33 best team in the nation.

Media Days on Monday and Tuesday. Don't forget that the Big 12 will have their Big 12 Media Days starting Monday, which includes Texas Tech, and Tuesday.  Should be fun.  Texas Tech will have head coach Kliff Kingsbury, LB Sam Eguavoen, LB Kenny Williams and WR Bradley Marquez.  You an find the entire schedule here, Texas Tech doesn't start until 12:00 pm on Monday.  Our pal David Ubben has some things to expect at the Big 12 Media Days.

NCAA Announces New Structure. Well, it's actually pretty easy to understand, thanks to the charts and graphs, in that the NCAA is moving closer to autonomy of the Big 5 Conferences.  Oh, and the NCAA removed the name-likeness release from the most recent student-release forms.  Huh.  Wonder why that happened.

Welcome Back. Welcome back to SS Tim Proudfoot and LHP Dominic Moreno, who turned down MLB deals to return to Texas Tech.  Woot!  Also, Texas Tech will have three newcomers step foot on campus net year as well:

Three Red Raider newcomers also passed on the MLB Draft as right-handed pitcher/outfielder Quinn Carpenter (Iowa Western CC) was drafted in the 17th round (No. 504) by the Toronto Blue Jays, catcher Kholeton Sanchez (New Mexico JC) was drafted in the 32nd round (No. 959) by the Los Angeles Angels and right-handed pitcher/outfielder Patrick Mahomes (Whitehouse, Texas) - who will also play football for the Red Raiders - was drafted in the 37th round (No. 1,120) by the Detroit Tigers.

Great to have them all next year.