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Texas Tech Links: Football Makes Top 32; Grant Third Best in Big 12; Eyewitness to Bethel

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The football program makes a top 25 NFL-style draft, Jakeem Grant may be the third best receiver in the Big 12, plus an eyewitness talks about the incident between Nigel Bethel, II and Amber Battle.

Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann of the United States acknowledges the fans after losing to Belgium 2-1 in extra time during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match between Belgium and the United States at Arena Fonte Nova on July 1, 2014.
Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann of the United States acknowledges the fans after losing to Belgium 2-1 in extra time during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match between Belgium and the United States at Arena Fonte Nova on July 1, 2014.
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We Made It. CBS Sports did an NFL style draft where they draft teams rather than players to fill an NFL set of teams, which I think is 32.  Texas Tech did make the list, barely, and was the 32nd team chosen by Jerry Palm:

Explanation: The Red Raiders picked up one of the hot young names in coaching last year in alumnus Kliff Klingsbury, which means an offense that will be competitive in the Big 12 for years to come. While they will always have to compete with the Longhorns and Aggies for players, there's plenty of local talent to go around. -- Jerry Palm

Third Best Isn't Bad. ESPN is trying to figure out the third best receiver in the Big 12, behind Tyler Lockett and Antwan Godley, and Brandon Chatmon chose Jakeem Grant. I think being third is just about right for Grant and he's going to have a ton of opportunity in front of him this year.

This is Much Better than Best/Worst Case Scenario. The ESPN folks did not think of every awful scenario for Texas Tech and gave a realistic look at where they think that Texas Tech will be at the end of the year:

Final analysis: The schedule really could not set up any better for Tech. The Red Raiders have a noteworthy, but manageable nonconference bout against Arkansas. They catch Oklahoma State early in the year, when the young Cowboys will still be trying to find their way. Tech also doesn't have to go on the road to Texas, Oklahoma or Baylor. Trips to Kansas State and TCU won't exactly be easy. But if Webb makes a jump in his second year and the reinforcements along the lines pan out, eight or nine regular-season wins seem at the least reasonably attainable.

Eyewitness to Bethel. Well, this just gets worst as an eyewitness to the altercation between Nigel Bethel, II and Amber Battle spoke and it was just awful:

"They were playing, and all of a sudden, one guy was guarding her, they go for a rebound," he explains. "Well, when they came back down, [Battle] got upset, I guess because [Bethel} pushed her, and she kind of pushed him back."

Hernandez watched as the two players continued to get heated.

"Then all of a sudden, I see him get back up," he continues. "And he just straight up punches her with his fist closed. In the face."

Miscellaneous. The DMN is running down the depth charts at each position and the first two are pretty easy, quarterback, Davis Webb, and running back, DeAndre Washington . . . don't forget that Eric Gutierrez will be participating in a Home Run Derby on Wednesday in Omaha . . . linebacker Will Smith is standing out to Bryan Broddaus in the Dallas Cowboys camps . . .