Thursday, August 28, 2008

Best Backfield in the Nation

Joseph Turner today was named an Official Candidate for the Doak Walker award, and honor given annually to the nations top running back. Now I have no official data to back this up but we have to be one of, if not the only, team in the country to have a back-up running back named as a candidate for this award.

We now have a preseason MWC offensive player of the year and a Doak Walker candidate in our backfield, as back-ups. Sounds like we have all the makings of a rushing powerhouse.

#'s 1.8, 1.6, 1.4, 1.2

#1.8 Cliff Alexander - Deep Snapper

Cliff “the between the legs sharpshooter” Alexander was without a doubt the nation’s top deep-snapper, had they chosen an all-American it would have been him. There was never a field goal missed or punt blocked when he was in the game (at least not that was his fault). spitpurple

# 1.6 Andrew Calovich - DE
Andrew Calovich, according to TCU Magazine the all-time best frog in any sport to dawn a purple and white number 96. Calovich was known for his fierce speed of the edge and his play in the Liberty Bowl against Colorado State has been forever immortalized on the walls of Bluebonnet liquor. spitpurple

# 1.4 Josh Harbuck - G

When he wasnt pounding schooners of beer under one second, he was pounding d-lineman into the ground. Josh served as one of the leaders of the frogs throughout the late 90s and early 2000s. He was unfortunately sidelined with a torn ACL and back injury which limited his pt at times, but that never diminished his impact on the Frogs during that time. The proud papa to be once recorded three pancake blocks in one game vs. the ponies from the east.

# 1.2 Tommy Taylor - Onside Specialist

When the Frogs rolled out the double T you knew it was time for laser like kicking precision. Taylor was by far the best onside kicking specialist the Frogs have had since...whenever the last time was that they had a great onside specialist. If we were down by 4 with only 30 tics left on the clock, the game could only be put in on one man's foot. And that man was Tommy Taylor. He could nail an onside kick sweeter than Kobe hitting a jumper.

PA boys, PA

GP radio show starts tonight

Coach Patterson's Thursday night radio show will kick-off at 7pm CDT tonight from its usual location at Railhead. The show is broadcast on KTCU 88.7 FM and ESPN radio 103.3. It is also available on the TCU ISP network, though I am not too sure how you access that.

Couple of side notes, Gary needs a Sunday morning re-cap show. Perhaps air in on the MTN.

Second thought, I noticed the other day that VS has an HD channel does that mean Saturday's game will actually be in HD or is it one of those BS things?

TCU vs. ND? Patterson > Weis.

Courtesy of our very own Lyle Lanley, this is an article in the DMN from this morning in regards to one of our commits, Eric Tausch, a DL from Jesuit High school in Dallas. His brother, Nick, has committed to Notre Dame. Ordinarily a human interest story such as this wouldn't get my attention, except for one paragraph:

"After this season, they'll go their separate ways. And begin looking forward to their junior year. That's when TCU and Notre Dame are scheduled to play. "

whaaaaaaaa???? I don't know if anyone had heard this, but holy crap that's amazing. If Weis is still around, we will absolutely MASSACRE those panty waist sober sallys. Oh my god. I don't even know what to say. I, and I'm assuming a handful of you too, absolutely DESPISE Notre Dame. No real reasons, but just the same way that everyone else hates Duke or the Yankees. Man I wish it had been last year... we would've made that Baylor game look like a nail biter. Ah well, with the looks of our upcoming classes, and the failings of Charlie Weis, who you have to assume will be around since he currently has the worst contract in the history of the world, there isn't a chance ND could even keep it close. Am I really supposed to be afraid of Emu Clausen and a whale? Didn't think so. Yes. YES!!

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Spit Blood's 1st Annual College Football Pick "Em

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# 2 LaDanian Tomlinson

LT, the masked man. It can be said that LT, along side a stunning victory over USC in the '98 Sun Bowl, propelled TCU back into a national spotlight which had dimmed nearly six decades prior.

Tomlinson was recruited by many schools, but was not considered one of the nation's top backs coming out of high school possibly because Tomlinson didn't play running back until his senior year and many top colleges had already made their recruiting choices by then. Thus, Tomlinson signed with an obscure college in Fort Worth, TX which had only been to two bowls in the previous 34 years. During his freshman and sophomore year, LT would split time with the then starter Basil Mitchell. In those first two years he put up respectable numbers of 538 & 717 rushing yards and 6 & 8 tds, and got an all conference nod in '98

However, when LT was given the job outright during his junior year, his stats became legendary. He immediately started to dominate the WAC, finishing that junior season with 1,830 yards (led the nation) and 18 rushing tds. He burst onto the national scene on November 20, 1999 during a 52 - 24 throttling of UTEP. During that game LT carried the ball 43 times for 406 yards, which broke the NCAA record for yards in a game that was held by Tony Sands of Kansas (396 yards). Tomlinson led that '99 team to an 8-4 record, its first conference title since '94, and its second bowl victory in as many years. That season he also took home his first of two Rogers Trophies, as well as All-Conference MVP honors.

Going into his senior year the expectations were limitless. The buzz around Tomlinson started early as the "LT for Heisman" bumper stickers started showing up all over town. He did not disappoint. LT again led the nation in rushing during that senior season with 2,158 yards, and 22 rushing tds. TCU went on to post 10 wins that season, a feat which had not been accomplished since the national champion team of 1938, and LT was handsomely rewarded. He won the Doak Walker award for the best running back in the country, finished fourth in the Heisman race (behind Chris Winkie, Josh Heupel, and Drew Breese), took home his second Rogers Trophy, his second Conference MVP honor, and was a First-Team Consensus All American.

As recognition for his career acheivements at TCU, his jersey number (5) was retired in 2005. He joins Davey O'Brien (8) and Sammy Baugh (45) as the only Frogs to have his number retired.

He finished his career at TCU with every rushing record imaginable:
  • Rushing Yards: Career- 5,263
  • Rushing Yards: Season - 2,158 ('00)
  • Rushing Yards: Game - 406 ('99 v. UTEP)
  • Rushing TDs: Career - 54
  • Rushing TDs: Season - 22 ('00)
  • Rushing TDs: Game - 6 ('99 v. UTEP)
  • Rushing Attempts: Career - 907
  • Rushing Attempts: Season - 369 ('00)
  • Rushing Attempts: Game - 49 ('00 v. Hawaii)
  • All-Purpose Yards: Career - 6,337
  • All-Purpose Yards: Season - 2,198 ('00)
  • All-Purpose Yards: Game - 412 ('00 v. UTEP)
  • Points Scored: Career - 324
  • Points Scored: Season - 132
  • Points Scored: Game - 36 ('99 v UTEP)
  • Yards Avg. per Game: Career - 119.6
  • Yards Avg. per Game: Season - 196.2 ('00)
  • 100 Yard Games: Career - 21
  • 100 Yard Games: Season - 11 ('00)

And all this was achieved in just two seasons as the starter. Just imagine what those numbers would have been with a little bit more pt.

Here are some highlights from the dominance over UTEP:

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