Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Two Frogs Heading to Beijing

The U.S. Olympic Baseball team announced it's roster today for the upcoming Summer Olympics in Beijing, and not one but TWO Horned Frogs will be part of Team USA, who will try to take gold in the final Olympic games to feature baseball (baseball & softball were voted OUT of the 2012 London Games) after failing to even win bronze in 2004 in Athens.

Jake Arrieta earned All-MWC and All-America honors at TCU in 2006 after posting a 14-4 record, leading the Frogs to their 3rd consecutive conference title. He is now pitching in the Baltimore Orioles' farm system, with the Class-A Frederick Keys. So far this year, he's posted a 6-4 record to go along with a 2.35 ERA and 108 K's.

Eugene Espineli, or "Geno" as he's now apparently known, transferred from Texas in time to help the Frogs win their first conference title under Jim Schlossnagle in 2004. He posted a 9-5 record for the Frogs that year, and was second on the team with 88 strikeouts. He's now pitching for the Fresno Grizzlies, the AAA affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. The 6'4" lefty is 1-1 this year with a 2.05 ERA out of the bullpen for the Grizzlies, and has 43 K's to go along with just 6 walks.

# 19 Kelly Blackwell

Yes Lyle, you are correct. Kelly Blackwell is the all-time receptions leader for TCU. Blackwell led the team in receptions in 1990 setting a school record with 64 grabs. He followed his outstanding Junior year with a record tying 64 catches in his senior year on his was to being named an All-American.

Blackwell went on to play two years in the NFL, appearing in 16 games as a rookie for the Chicago bears. As the all time receptions leader Blackwell has certainly set the precedent for receiving tight-ends at TCU.

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Where is he now?
Kelly Blackwell works as director of Internet sales at Five Star Ford in North Richland Hills

Here is a good article about Kelly deciding to leave the game of football.
If you read all the way to the bottom you will learn that Dave "Mustache" Wannstedt is to blame for Blackwell's abrupt ending to his NFL career.

Casey Paschall @ Texas 7 on 7

If you have a account, there is a good video of Paschall tearing up the 7 on 7 tournamnet from July 11th. His footwork is impressive and arm strength is amazing, but most of you already knew that. I just wanted you to know that there is fresh TCU recruit porn out there to watch.