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  1. According to this, TCU plays in 2 of the top 2 biggest OOC games of the year. Gotta live on the hype
  2. I definitely wouldn’t count it out, but there’s a lot to see first. Our team is in a very exciting position, but we went 8-5 last year and they won a national championship. I know that in a cupcake conference, you can basically look ahead to the end of the season, but that’s not how things work here. We’re thinking about week 1 SMU, not bowl game SMU.
  3. Week 1: TBA Week 2: @ USC Week 4: @Florida
  4. Seems like she made the accusation when she found out he was going to be moving to Baltimore...
  5. How many sacks did Pareja have? The team had three and nobody else has sacks listed. It looks like the - was erased but nothing was put in.
  6. I’m pretty happy with this result, honestly. Probably got a little too carried away with “players can play both sides”. Coulda done a lot better on the game plan. Wow, though the true freshman trio on the Purple team. Ferguson, Andrews, and Griffin all made an impact. Playing both Andrews and Griffin looked effective, which is exciting.
  7. seriously, though, house 4 looks like a blast. Im definitely glad to be a part of it.
  8. Hey now, I’m in the closet and not dean? This is bullshit
  9. Can’t wait to see this Texas Tech air raid coming in. Those WRs are going to be a headache!
  10. I think this is right, too, but it really sucks passing up a guy that was expected to play that role. I know this is a self caused problem, and not a bad one to have, but it's always a shame to see a highly talented player out of a consistent high school pipeline end up transferring. It makes it harder to continue to recruit from those schools, and Shiner is one we thrive on.
  11. It’s that time of year again, Horned Frog fans! The time where we can cast aside the woes of a disappointing end to last year and get excited for another opportunity in the nation’s most exciting conference. There are a number of interesting storylines to follow this spring, and a lot of good problems to have. Let’s take a look at who’s leaving, who’s returning, and what lies ahead for our favorite purple lizards. Quarterback: Starter QB Taylor Cook 6-3 199 (So) Northland Christian (Houston TX) 5.0 of 5.0 [Hybrid] This is the first year since Nathan Burden’s senior year that we enter the season with a firm knowledge of who will be behind center. As last year showed, the job is entirely Taylor Cook’s. Cook definitely had his ups and downs in 2023. His lack of experience really showed its face with over half of his games posting a completion percentage below 60%. However, even with that, his highs showed his incredible untapped potential and why he won the starting job. In 2023, Cook posted the second highest mark in school history for yards per attempt and the third highest for completion percentage. He also posted the second highest passer rating in school history, only three points behind Felix Luck in 2022. On top of that, his highs were incredibly high. Against Duke, he led the Frogs to an upset over the top 10 Blue Devils at home. In that game, he threw for 340 yards, 3 TDs, and completed over 70% of his passes and throwing for over 10 yards per attempt. Those numbers have only been hit twice in TCU history, both by Felix Luck in 2022. It should be noted, though, that neither of them came against ranked teams, much less teams ranked in the top 10. It was arguably the most impressive passing performance in school history and put him on the national spotlight. In 2024, that spotlight will brighten, as the experience excuse for his disappointing games starts to be less and less viable. Backups QB Nico Morin 6-2 216 Jr Port Neches-Groves (Port Neches TX) 2.5 of 2.5 [Pocket] QB Brayden Richmond 6-3 201 So Houston Lutheran North (Houston TX) 2.5 of 3.0 [Scrambling] If Taylor Cook gets hurt, TCU is in a lot of trouble. That’s about all there is to say here. Redshirts: None Runningback: Starter RB Matteo Cates 5-9 179 (Jr) Robert E. Lee (Baytown TX) 4.0 of 5.0 [Speed] Another position where the starter is obvious and exciting. Cates is coming off a season where he carried the ball 236 times for 1154 yards and 9 TDs. He and Griffin McHanna made up the most potent rushing offense in TCU history, setting a school record for total rushing yards. This season, Cates takes on the backfield role alone. With another year in the offense and more experience, expect Cates to have a breakout year. He’s coming in as one of the most experienced players on the offense and is expected to be a leader. When asked about the increased responsibilities, he said that “all I can do is run the ball and do my job because I know that if I do that, everyone else will do theirs. I have to give a lot of thanks to our offensive line. They were one of the best in the country last year and made my job easy. We got four of the five guys coming back this year, so my job should get even easier - not harder.” Backups RB Khiry Thompson 5-9 178 Jr Woodsboro (Woodsboro TX) 2.5 of 2.5 [Speed] RB Natrone Avery 6-0 215 Jr North Springs (Atlanta GA) 2.5 of 2.5 [Power] Same as at QB, not really much here. Luckily, the second Cates limps off the field, coach DangerZoneh will already be covering Ferguson’s shirt in lighter fluid. Redshirts RB Davante Ferguson 5-9 206 Fr Folsom (Folsom CA) 2.0 of 5.0 [Speed] One of the most exciting players in TCU’s 2023 recruiting class will spend his first season watching the action. Expect to hear that phrase a lot through this preview. Ferguson comes all the way from California, making him one of two recruited players on the roster from the state (we’ll talk about the other later). He brings with him an explosive skill set that’s nicely balanced by his size. He’s a player who comes in incredibly excited to be playing for this team. Once he got his offer from TCU, he didn’t consider anyone else. While he may not make an impact on the field this year, expect him to show something fun during the spring. If something were to happen to Cates, Ferguson is certainly the next in line to play for the Frogs. It’s not often when you have a true freshman you can say that with certainty about, even before we’ve seen them in the spring. Fullback Starter FB Brendan Rector 6-1 237 (Sr) Johnson City (Johnson City TX) 4.0 of 4.0 [Pass Blocking] The senior has the most experience on the team and should do solidly in the Frogs passing offense, giving Cook a little extra time and giving Cates a chance to breathe occasionally. Not much more to say about Rector, though. This is his first year starting, hopefully he can make some sort of impact. The TCU offense definitely does not feature the fullback position as much as in years past. Backup FB William Wolff 5-8 254 Jr Pampa (Pampa TX) 2.0 of 2.0 [Run Blocking] Wolff almost certainly will not see the field. Redshirt FB Luke Haines 5-8 223 Fr Millis (Millis MA) 1.0 of 5.0 [Pass Blocking] Haines enters with a lot of potential, but is another player who will be taking a seat for his first year. Originally strong on Virginia Tech, he decided that TCU was a better choice after seeing how many they were recruiting at his position. Wide Receiver: Starters: WR Julio Robledo 6-0 163 (So) Apple Springs (Apple Springs TX) 4.5 of 5.0 [Speed] WR F.T. Grady 6-3 211 (Jr) Brackett (Brackettville TX) 4.5 of 4.5 [Target] WR Rodrigo Marroquin 5-11 153 (Jr) St. Joseph (Brownsville TX) 4.0 of 4.5 [Speed] Wide Receiver is one of the most up in the air positions for the Horned Frogs. They lose anchor and four year #1 target, Finn Nielsen. He holds the school records for receptions, yards, and touchdowns. Looking to fill his space are three highly talented receivers - Robledo, Grady, and Marroquin. There are a lot of questions surrounding them, especially given their lack of experience. Grady is the oldest and has 862 career yards to go along with his 11 TDs, but neither of the other two cracked 500 yards last season, and that was with Robledo playing the number two role. Coach DangerZoneh thinks very highly of him, enough to move him to the #1 spot. It’ll be interesting to see how this lineup shakes out in the spring. Backups: WR Jamaar Wallace 6-0 152 (Fr) Pottsboro (Pottsboro TX) 2.5 of 4.5 [Speed] WR Landon Gladstone 6-2 221 (Fr) Bridge City (Bridge City TX) 2.0 of 4.5 [Target] WR Tierre Fields 6-1 224 Fr Beau Chene (Arnaudville LA) 1.5 of 2.5 [Target] WR Luther Owen 5-9 196 Fr Mandeville (Mandeville LA) 2.0 of 2.5 [Speed] WR Rafael Jarvis 6-4 206 Jr Grady (Atlanta GA) 2.0 of 2.0 [Target] Notable backups include freshmen Jamaar Wallace and Landon Gladstone. Wallace had a good redshirt progression and will likely be the number two option at slot behind Marroquin. He fits the same mold of thin, speedy receiver that this corps is primarily made of. Gladstone will likely back up F.T. Grady and get experience using his size to bully corners and smaller defenders. He had an excellent spring game last year, so it’ll be incredibly exciting to see what he does with a similar opportunity this year. Redshirts: ATH Sequan Ford 6-4 161 Fr Clifton (Clifton AZ) 1.0 of 5.0 [Speed] Ford was a late addition to the Horned Frogs recruiting class, spurning the Oregon Ducks to make his way to Fort Worth. He boasts a lot of raw potential and can play both ways, but likely needs to spend a couple offseasons getting stronger and building on his frame. There are a lot of talented players for him to look up to, and hopefully he can start making an impact as soon as next season. Tight End: Starters: TE Spencer Griffin 6-5 209 Fr Cardinal Mooney (Sarasota FL) 2.5 of 5.0 [Receiving] TE Brett McCann 6-1 239 (So) Sinton (Sinton TX) 3.0 of 4.5 [Blocking] With the somewhat surprising departure of Miguel Aguilera, by far the top tight end in school history, the Frogs have their first position battle on their hands. There are three highly capable players who could fill his spot, but I have Spencer Griffin penciled in for the most targets at that position. Out of high school, he was the number one ranked tight end in the country. That’s a level of talent that the Horned Frogs are only recently starting to see. He has a great frame and can make every play on the field. Opposite him, Brett McCann has shown a lot of ability to hold down the line as a primarily blocking tight end. That will likely stay his role in the Horned Frogs offense, especially given how well he can set the edge for Cates and Co. Another contender for this position is Franklin Andrews, high school teammate of Griffin, but we’ll talk about him in a second. Backups: TE Alshon Simpkins 6-1 217 (Sr) Willowridge (Sugar Land TX) 3.5 of 3.5 [Blocking] TE Vaughn Hare 6-5 209 Jr Azle (Azle TX) 2.5 of 3.0 [Receiving] TE Malik Armstrong 6-2 203 So River Road (Amarillo TX) 2.5 of 2.5 [Receiving] Nothing too excited at backup for the Horned Frogs. Simpkins is a serviceable backup for McCann, the other two are unlikely to see the field as if Griffin gets hurt, Andrews will almost certainly be his replacement. Redshirts: ATH Franklin Andrews 6-5 209 Fr Cardinal Mooney (Sarasota FL) 2.5 of 5.0 [Receiving] Weren’t we just talking about a 6-5, 209 lb recruit from Cardinal Mooney who is the number one ranked player at his position? One who can play tight end? Yup. Squint your eyes, and it’s hard to tell the difference between Andrews and Griffin. On game film, however, it’s plenty obvious. In Cardinal Mooney’s offense, Griffin tended to play on the line while they split out Andrews, almost as a slot receiver. Andrews boasted a bit more explosiveness and as a result, could end up playing at receiver for the Horned Frogs instead of tight end. That’s a big reason why he takes this redshirt. See how his offseason development goes and figure out where he needs to play next season. Expect impact from him sooner rather than later. He will find his way onto the field next year. Offensive line: Starters: OT Ryan Small 6-5 263 (Fr) Katy (Katy TX) 3.0 of 5.0 [Pass Blocking] OG Antonio Logan 6-1 277 (Jr) Goliad (Goliad TX) 4.5 of 4.5 [Run Blocking] C James Kaplan 6-2 302 Sr Floydada (Floydada TX) 4.0 of 4.0 [Pass Blocking] OG Connor Bishop 6-2 332 (So) Elsik (Houston TX) 3.5 of 4.5 [Pass Blocking] OT Frank Billings III 6-3 302 (So) Mesquite (Mesquite TX) 4.0 of 4.5 [Pass Blocking] What can I say about this offensive line except “wow”? They strike the balance between experience and talent. Three of the five starters I have listed were starters last year, and that will likely be four if Breaux finds a spot. Experience is the number one predictor for offensive line success, and TCU is putting a lot of starts out on the field. Look for the Frogs to pass more this season, especially with another year of experience for Taylor Cook and the loss of Griffin McHanna. This OL will be especially built for that. The scariest part about all of this? Almost every single one of these guys will return in 2025, and just wait until you see what’s next. Wrench: ATH Hayden Breaux 6-4 245 Jr Elsik (Houston TX) 4.5 of 4.5 [Run Blocking] I call Breaux the wrench for a few reasons. He’s the monkey wrench of this offense, starting his first two seasons and playing very well. He started at both OT and OG and has been a very consistent presence. He is also a wrench in the sense that there’s not a ton of space to put him. He could, very reasonably, take any of those 5 starting jobs. It’s not fair to list him as a backup going into the season because he very well may not be. He’s a competitor and will certainly see the field, it’s just a question of who gets left out. Backups: C Branden McDowell 6-1 299 (Fr) Marble Falls (Marble Falls TX) 2.0 of 5.0 [Run Blocking] OG Jorge Gutierrez 6-5 324 (Fr) Wink (Wink TX) 3.0 of 5.0 [Pass Blocking] OT Marshal Anderson 6-3 265 (Jr) Shelton (Dallas TX) 3.5 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking] OG Vic Purvis 6-6 318 Sr Crowell (Crowell TX) 3.0 of 3.0 [Run Blocking] OG Kaili Malielegaoi 6-6 326 Jr Apple Springs (Apple Springs TX) 2.5 of 2.5 [Pass Blocking] OT Solomon De La Puente 6-7 283 Jr Robert E. Lee (Baytown TX) 2.0 of 2.0 [Pass Blocking] OG Austin Jones 6-6 306 Fr Cardiff (Wales) 1.0 of 2.5 [Pass Blocking] C Mark Butt 6-4 274 So W.B. Travis (Austin TX) 1.5 of 2.5 [Run Blocking] This is certainly something new. TCU boasts an offensive line depth unlike anything the Frogs have had before. Gutierrez is a starter and a cornerstone on most teams around the country. Branden McDowell is a young anchor at the middle of the line. On top of that, there’s a sixth player listed as a starter which leaves another strong backup. Typically offensive lines don’t rotate much, but this might be a case where that changes a bit. There are a lot of players who can help carry the load, and they’ll be players who can use that experience for the next three seasons. Redshirts: OG Kieran Grover 6-7 338 Fr Redan (Stone Mountain GA) 1.0 of 5.0 [Pass Blocking] Stack em up. More talent to add to this absolute stable of offensive linemen. No reason to play him early, especially when more experienced and more talented players won't be seeing the field. Defensive Line: Starters: DE Clinton Staton 6-5 274 (So) Pasadena (Pasadena TX) 3.5 of 5.0 [Blitz] DT Hooker Jackson 6-5 285 (Jr) Irving (Irving TX) 5.0 of 5.0 [2-Gap] DE Jefferson Cruz 6-6 244 (So) Kashmere (Houston TX) 3.5 of 4.5 [Contain] Continuing with the 3-4 that they switched to last year, the Frogs will have to enter this season down their star nose tackle. Kwon Shaw left early for the NFL, so Hooker Jackson is moving back inside the line after playing most of last season at defensive end. Clinton Stanton responded to losing the starting job in incredible fashion. He became one of the top practice performers week in and week out and bulked up hard in the weight room. If this can translate to the field, the starting job is all his. Following in the footsteps of Aidan and Aidan, it looks like Stanton and Cruz will be locking down the defensive end positions for years to come. Backups: DT Travian Davis 6-5 299 So Tarkington (Cleveland TX) 2.5 of 4.5 [1-Gap] DE Terrence Hamilton 6-7 266 Jr Robert E. Lee (Midland TX) 2.0 of 2.0 [Contain] DE John Williams 6-5 253 Fr Liverpool (England) 1.5 of 3.0 [Blitz] DE Gavin Flores 6-5 268 Fr LaSalle (Olla LA) 1.0 of 2.5 [Blitz] DT Zachary Maxwell 6-0 297 (Sr) Huntsville (Huntsville TX) 3.0 of 3.0 [1-Gap] DT Elliot Roper 6-0 295 So Valley Christian (San Jose CA) 2.0 of 3.0 [2-Gap] Younger brother of former star Matthew Davis, Travian, still will likely not see the field after being a backup as a freshmen. He should rotationally get more snaps, but he likely won’t play much as a true nose. There’s a chance he takes a redshirt year, but also a chance he transfers. Hopefully he sticks it out as he could potentially start as soon as next year. Outside of him, there’s not much in the way of backups, so hopefully the defensive line can stay healthy. Redshirts: DT Dean Rockwell 6-0 311 Fr Cummings (Burlington NC) 1.0 of 5.0 [1-Gap] Rockwell was another late addition to the Horned Frogs class, picking TCU over the Tigers of Clemson and Auburn. He’s already the largest player on the Horned Frogs defensive line and showed in high school that he had the ability to clog up any lane. His 6’0. 311 lb frame could still use a lot of muscle, and that’s where this offseason will come into play. If he can bulk up a bit and keep a relatively explosive first step, he’s going to be a problem in this conference for years to come. Linebackers: Starters: OLB Blake Burns 6-0 241 Sr Calhoun Community College (Tanner AL) 5.0 of 5.0 [Coverage] ILB Lardarius Pendleton 6-2 244 (Jr) New Deal (New Deal TX) 4.0 of 4.5 [Mike] ILB Guillermo Luna 6-3 210 (So) Shiner (Shiner TX) 3.0 of 5.0 [Will] Linebacker has continually been a strong suit for TCU, and 2024 looks to be no different. Lardarius Pendelton really stepped into his role as the leader of the defense last season and looks like he’s taken a major step in commanding the team. Luna unexpectedly got to start as a freshman, and though he didn’t put up many stats, the defensive improved once he got the start. They make up a strong inside linebacker corps, while Blake Burns locks down one side in coverage. Hmm… who is filling the hole left by Richard Farrel? Contenders: OLB Lamont Brown 6-4 222 (Fr) Shiner (Shiner TX) 2.0 of 5.0 [Coverage] OLB Chris Pareja 5-11 216 Fr St. Thomas Aquinas ( FL) 2.5 of 5.0 [Coverage] OLB Jarvis Bowen 6-2 234 Fr Baker (Mobile AL) 2.5 of 5.0 [Blitz] Whew. This is a tight decision. You could really see any of these players starting for the Horned Frogs this season. Brown is coming off of his redshirt year after being one of their top recruits in 2022. Unfortunately, he’s a tad upstaged by the #1 outside linebacker in the country and the #4 outside linebacker in the country. The battle for the starting spot between the three of them looks to be outstanding. Right now, the odds likely go to Bowen, as he’s the best pass rusher of the group. If he gets the spot, look for Pareja to redshirt and Brown to consider transferring. He’s just a freshman, but this really muddies the waters for him. Backups: ILB Mike Hendrix 6-2 215 Jr Fort Stockton (Fort Stockton TX) 2.0 of 2.0 [Will] ILB Janoris Pryor 5-11 213 So Coronado (Lubbock TX) 1.5 of 2.5 [Will] OLB Bruce Owens 6-3 241 Jr St. Thomas Aquinas (FL) 2.0 of 2.0 [Coverage] The linebacker depth looks rough right now, but keep in mind that this isn’t including Pareja, Brown, Bowen (two of those three at least) and Kyriece Graham, who we’ll talk about next. Redshirts: ILB Kyriece Graham 6-4 239 Fr Riverside (Durham NC) 2.0 of 5.0 [Mike] Loser(s) of the starting battle There is a very good chance that TCU will end up redshirting the #1 outside linebacker in the country AND the #1 inside linebacker in the country. That’s an insane amount of depth and a set up for something great. Kyriece is a player who could start at a lot of programs across the nation, and Pareja is arguably even better. These are players who are chomping at the bit to get on the field, but they’re likely going to have to wait for another season. That being said, as with other players, coach DangerZoneh shows no fear in burning redshirts to save a season, and that’ll be the case if necessary with any of these guys. Cornerback: Starters: CB Patrick Ross 5-9 192 Jr Coronado (Lubbock TX) 5.0 of 5.0 [Zone Coverage] CB Yadean Overton 6-2 185 Jr Simmons College of Kentucky (Louisville KY) 4.0 of 5.0 [Zone Coverage] CB Terrell Mosley 5-9 196 (Fr) Crowell (Crowell TX) 2.0 of 5.0 [Zone Coverage] The obvious highlight of the TCU defensive backs, and the team in general, is Patrick Ross. He’s a gamechanging player who can make plays all over the field. He’s shown the ability to cover any player in the country, though there were a couple games he struggled. He’s looking to make the final step in his game before likely moving on to the NFL next season. Yadean Overton joins him as one of TCU’s few junior college recruits. He has experience playing in Kentucky and should step in to be another veteran on corner group that otherwise would be looking at starting a lot of youth. Finally, Terrell Mosley starts the youth movement for the Horned Frogs at corner, playing nickel in his freshman year, just like Ross. This season may be a struggle for him, but his matchups should be favorable, and hopefully he can find a way to make an impact on the field. He’ll have a lot of depth behind him, should he struggle. It’s likely that the third corner will be a position that rotates a lot. Backups: CB Devon Green 5-11 187 (Fr) Brackett (Brackettville TX) 2.0 of 4.5 [Zone Coverage] CB Lucius Broughton 5-11 178 So Eden (Eden TX) 2.0 of 4.5 [Zone Coverage] CB Moussa McCullough 6-0 160 (Sr) River Road (Amarillo TX) 3.5 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage] CB Steven Mims 6-1 173 Jr Shiner (Shiner TX) 2.5 of 4.0 [Man Coverage] CB Bobby Hall 6-0 170 Jr Grady (Atlanta GA) 2.5 of 2.5 [Zone Coverage] CB Leon Stewart 6-0 164 Fr Westside (Macon GA) 1.0 of 2.5 [Zone Coverage] While the Horned Frogs have lacked depth at a lot of positions in this preview, corner is not one of them. TCU can go six deep in players who have a potential NFL career and seven deep in quality starters. They have youth that needs to see the field to progress as well as veterans who can continue to make an impact. There’s a lot of value in having guys like Moussa McCullough to help along Devon and Lucius as they try to fill a role alongside Mosely as the third corner. Redshirts: None Safety: Starters: FS Gabriel Sanders Jr. 6-0 193 Sr Baton Rouge Community College (Baton Rouge LA) 5.0 of 5.0 [Zone Coverage] SS Dwayne Harvey 5-10 201 (So) Wylie (Wylie TX) 3.0 of 4.5 [Zone Coverage] In a slightly surprising move, going into the spring, it looks like the junior college transfer Gabriel Sanders Jr. will be the starting free safety for TCU. Worley started as a redshirt freshman and has been the starting free safety for two seasons now. Sanders Jr. wasn’t even offered a scholarship by the Horned Frogs, he walked on last fall and has already played his way on in practice. It’ll be very interesting to see the rotations and if they still try to get Worley out on the field. You can never have too many talented DBs. Dwayne Harvey, on the other hand, keeps his job for another year. He had a tumultuous freshman season, often getting beat on deep routes. Hopefully another year of development under his belt will help him solidify his role, especially as the defense around him comes together. Backups: FS Ian Worley 5-10 212 (Jr) Crowell (Crowell TX) 4.5 of 4.5 [Man Coverage] FS Kordell Atkins 6-1 187 (Fr) Pottsboro (Pottsboro TX) 2.0 of 4.5 [Zone Coverage] FS Thomas Townsend 6-0 209 Jr Wink (Wink TX) 2.0 of 2.0 [Man Coverage] FS Jonathan Holliday 5-11 191 So North Mesquite (Mesquite TX) 2.5 of 2.5 [Zone Coverage] SS Nat Brown 5-10 182 Sr Central Catholic (Morgan City LA) 2.5 of 2.5 [Man Coverage] SS Jacquies Brinkley 6-1 200 Sr Tarkington (Cleveland TX) 2.0 of 2.0 [Man Coverage] Given the redshirt situation, look for Atkins to transfer. He was a late addition to the 2022 class, and it’s increasingly looking like he will never see any playing time outside of special teams. Worely will be a very solid backup for Sanders, and as I said earlier, will likely still see rotational playing time. Strong safety is severely lacking in depth, and an injury to Dwayne Harvey could be devastating. That would likely lead to Brandon Vereen’s redshirt being burned, and that’s not a move coach DangerZoneh wants to make for him. Redshirts: FS Dakota Parks 5-11 181 Fr DePaul Catholic (Wayne NJ) 2.0 of 5.0 [Man Coverage] SS Brandon Vereen 6-0 195 Fr Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks CA) 1.0 of 5.0 [Man Coverage] This is where it gets really exciting in the deep secondary. The luxury of having both Parks and Vereen redshirting can’t be overstated. Parks left high school ranked as the #1 free safety in the country, Vereen ranked #1 strong safety. They both bring incredible talent and potential to the program, and they get to spend an entire year developing it. The hope is that this leads to them developing more than if they were forced to play right out of the gate. They still have a long way to go before they’re making an impact for the team, but the potential is there. The safety position is in very good hands for the Horned Frogs for a long time. Special teams: Starters: K Kyle Barfield 5-11 189 (Fr) Anson (Anson TX) 2.0 of 4.5 [Power] P Thomas McNamara 6-3 175 (So) Metairie Park Country Day (LA) 3.5 of 5.0 [Accuracy] PR Byron Whitley 5-9 196 Jr Shiner (Shiner TX) 4.0 of 4.5 [Hybrid] LS Luka Cooke 6-2 268 (Jr) False River (New Roads LA) 4.0 of 4.5 [Traditional] We’re really, really going to miss Todd and Coon. A lot. After enjoying arguably the best special teams in the country over the past two years, the youth has caught up to the Horned Frogs and that’s what we’re getting. Hopefully the rest of the team can put games out of control of the kicker, but that’s never a guarantee. Backups: K Dennis Gleason 6-0 174 Jr Bryan (Bryan TX) 2.5 of 2.5 [Accuracy] P John Newcomb 6-0 176 Jr Goliad (Goliad TX) 2.5 of 2.5 [Power] LS Joel Greenfield 6-3 255 Jr Shiner (Shiner TX) 2.5 of 2.5 [Specialized] LS Andrew Courtney 6-3 234 Fr Adelaide (Australia) 1.0 of 3.0 [Specialized] PR Cooper Hinds 6-3 159 So Joaquin (Joaquin TX) 2.0 of 3.5 [Specialist] Nobody cares about backups at other positions, I really don’t have a ton to say about special teams backups. Redshirts: None And with that, we about wrap up this position by position preview! There are a ton of incredibly interesting storylines going into the spring here in Fort Worth and watching them play out is setting up to be a ton of fun. Make sure you check out the spring game in a few weeks and give your comments below. Who should get the outside linebacker starting spot? How should the receivers be organized? Should Andrews play tight end or wide receiver? Any questions/comments/concerns are highly appreciated!
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