Monday, August 31, 2009
Let’s take a look at what we’ve got going for ourselves in Fort Worth. First, we have a once in a generation coach in Gary Patterson, who has built a brilliant staff of assistants around him. We have a team that finished last season as the 7th-ranked team in the country, and has won ten or more games in a season six times since 2000. During that time, the Frogs are 45-6 at home and have had five All-Americans. Recruiting has continued to improve year after year, helped not only by the impressive win-loss record, but also by training facilities that put TCU on par with any program in the country and will, in two years, play host to the AFC Champions as they prepare to play in Super Bowl XLV. With the number of players that the Frogs continue to deliver to the NFL on an annual basis, there is a good chance that a TCU alum will be among those enjoying our campus’ amenities that week.
So what’s missing? Despite all of the program’s success, the fan base continues to lag far behind what a top-caliber team like TCU should have. We cannot continue to use the small size of our school as an excuse for only averaging around 30,000 fans per game. There are far too many Horned Frog "fans" that do not go to the games at all, or stay at their tailgate parties while the game is going on in the stadium. On top of that, Fort Worth is part of what is possibly the most football-obsessed metropolitan area in the world- an area full of fans that haven’t yet discovered the excitement and value of TCU football. Maybe it’s just that people grow up being fans of other school’s teams, or maybe they don’t see TCU as being relevant because of the relative lack of media coverage. For whatever reason, TCU football is not yet the "thing to do" on a Saturday afternoon, and that has resulted in some less than stellar attendance figures for a more than stellar football team.
When I reiterate "Get with the Program," I can’t honestly expect every one of you to become a die-hard fan overnight. But what I can do is challenge all of you to be a better fan this year. Go to a game or two more than you have in the past. If you attend them all but just tailgate, get a ticket and go into the stadium when the game starts (you could always show up earlier to get all of that tailgating out of your system). Make a little more noise when the Frogs are on defense. Invite your friends and co-workers to come to the game with you. I think you get the point. If everyone takes one small step forward as a TCU fan this year, I promise you it will go a long way in improving the game day atmosphere at Amon G. Carter Stadium. When TCU football really becomes the thing to do on Saturdays in the fall, this program will truly take off.
If you’re with me on this, let’s put some legs under the "Get with the Program" campaign that the TCU marketing department did a fantastic job creating by actually doing what it’s asking us to do. Get your friends involved- copy and paste this into emails, post it on whatever social media site you’re a member of, anything that is going to get the word out.
Let’s all get with the program and be better fans this year.
TCU's defense gets best of offense in scrimmage Star-Telegram
TCU's late start helps younger players Star-Telegram
When the offense works, so does the defense New York Times
Ranking the non-BCS conferences New York Times
Big games put Mountain West Conference in spotlight USA Today
TCU team notes USA Today
TCU hopes to break state of Utah's streak Associated Press
The saga of Sam Carter Houston Chronicle
Friday, August 28, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
TCU, SMU opposes school colors on beer cans Star-Telegram
Five TCU players have swine flue, coach says Dallas Morning News
Experience and youth mark running back position GoFrogs.com
TCU's Ryan Christian: He's a running back? Bleacher Report
Ladies and Gentleman, TCU's resident beast: Jerry Hughes Bleacher Report
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Why is Texas douchey? GQ claims Texas Home of: The Burnt-Orange Douche
Definitely douchey, but we're not totally sure why.
Feel free to chip in on what characteristics are a part of the University of Texas douche.
TCU quarterback Andy Dalton takes leadership to the next level Star-Telegram
Watch what comes next for defensive end Jerry Hughes Star-Telegram
National stage awaits top Mountain West conference teams Star-Telegram
TCU receiver Luttrell switches sides Dallas Morning News
Special teams again special for Frogs GoFrogs.com
Carter finally finds the field Houston Chronicle
Sammy Baugh to be honored at Classic Sweetwater Reporter
30 questions for the 2009 season Fox Sports
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
The deal will pit the Mountain West champion against the 5th place team from the Pac Ten. How's that for respect? The MWC had it's way with the Pac Ten last season, and yet our champion gets pitted against their 5th place team? BEFORE Christmas??? With all of the momentum the conference has going for it and the large amount of shifting going on between various bowls and conferences right now, I would expect something with a lot more splash than this from MWC Commissioner Craig Thompson.
Not that it even matters. The executive director of the bowl, Tina Kunzer-Murphy, made sure everyone knew that her game wasn't the set destination for the MWC Champion, but that she had the first pick of MWC teams. Since Utah went to the Sugar Bowl last year, Vegas as the top-paying bowl for MWC teams ought to have picked the second-place team, which was TCU. But as we all know, she chose BYU, whom the Frogs had gone rawdog on to the tune of 32-7, to play in the more lucrative game (for the 4th consecutive year, mind you) instead.
Sorry to go off on a rant like that, but I just get so sick when I see how well the conference is progressing and yet still has such a putrid bowl situation. At least the Frogs ended up with a great opponent last year, even if it was in a bowl that paid the minimum. Craig Thompson has done a great job in trumpeting the virtues of the MWC and lobbying hard for an automatic BCS bid, but he really, REALLY needs to pay some more attention to the rest of the league's bowl slate.
First is Killerfrogs.com's Annual "State of the Frogdom" Luncheon this Friday, August the 28th at 11:30am at the Pappa's Burgers right near campus. The event- food included- is free and you need only RSVP on this thread to attend. According to Wes, the proprietor of killerfrogs:
"Joining us this Friday will be athletic director Danny Morrison, head baseball coach Jim Schlossnagle, women's basketball coach Jeff Mittie and we are still waiting on several other TCU luminaries to RSVP."
The second was brought to our attention by Spitblood friend David Peterson, who runs hornedfrogsports.com. It's a golf event being put on by Purple People Seaters, an outstanding non-profit group run by TCU alumni that supports at-risk youth in the Metroplex (& wherever TCU plays in a bowl game- the picture above is at the '08 Texas Bowl). The scramble takes place the morning of the Texas State game, September 19, at Waterchase Golf Club. $125 per person goes to a great cause and gets you green and cart fee, range balls, light breakfast, lunch, beverages, gifts & prizes, and a ticket to the football game. More info is available here.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Defensive effort has coach fuming Star-Telegram
Brothers look out for each other on TCU practice field Star-Telegram
Washington named to Butkus award watch list GoFrogs.com
Quad countdown: No. 14 TCU New York Times
No. 11 TCU Los Angeles Times
Five things you need to know about the Mountain West, and 8 you probably don't Examiner
Friday, August 21, 2009
Well, according to Scout.com, Herb is making some real strides entering his third year in the league. They included the following in their write-up on the Chiefs this morning:
BATTLE OF THE WEEK: Damion McIntosh vs. Herb Taylor at right tackle. It looks like the Chiefs may have a good battle going on at this spot. McIntosh is a veteran who started all 16 games there last season. Taylor is a third-year man who received minimal playing time over his first two seasons with the club. McIntosh, who has knees that have taken a pounding over 10 years in the league, is not very fluid in handling pass rushers, especially those with a speed move outside. The quicker Taylor has been given more time with the No. 1 offense during practice, although McIntosh started the first preseason game.
That's good news, and since I made him chuckle one time in our Topics of Math class at TCU, this pretty much makes me famous, too.
Sep 5: @ UCLA
Sep 12: Southern Utah
Sep 19: @ Idaho
Oct 3: New Mexico State
I can't figure out why San Diego State isn't good at football. It's a big state university in large metropolitan area that produces about as many talented football players as any other it's size. In that way, it's a lot like U of H...if Houston didn't suck and was on the beach. Back to the point though ,the UCLA game is obviously the one they've got circled, considering they've never beaten the Bruins in any of their 21 chances to- although they did tie them back in 1924. I'm not sure I see them breaking that streak this year. The Aztecs provided the MWC with perhaps it's most embarrassing moment last year when they lost at home to Cal Poly, a Division I-AA school, in their season-opener. With new coach Brady Hoke coming over from Ball State, though, you'd have to think they'd be an improved team this fall and it looks like they're set up to go 3-1 out of conference. That would be a huge boost for the league, considering SDSU was the main culprit in dragging down the strength of schedule ratings for the teams on top.
Sep 5: Sacramento State
Sep 12: Oregon State
Sep 19: Hawaii
Oct 3: @ Nevada
UNLV is the trendy pick to be the Mountain West's surprise team this year, and most publications have predicted them to finish either 4th or 5th in the conference. They scored two surprise overtime wins over BCS teams last year, stunning then- #15 Arizona State on the road and then a week later against Iowa State in Vegas. Only a disappointing loss to San Diego State in the season's final weekend kept the Rebels from being the conference's 6th bowl team. The two big games on their OOC schedule this fall are the home date against Oregon State and a trip to Reno to take on their arch-rivals, Nevada. Being that the Rebels were one of the country's most inconsistent team's a year ago, 2-2 is probably a safe bet here.
Sep 3: Utah State (Thurs)
Sep 12: @ San Jose State
Sep 19: @ Oregon
Sep 26: Louisville
The Utes ought to shoot out of the gate 2-0, which will run their nation's-best win streak to 16 games, but then come two very important games not only for Utah, but for the entire MWC. First is the trip to Eugene, where Oregon is very tough to beat- especially if you're breaking in a new QB like the Utes will be. That game is important, too, because the Ducks also happen to be the highest-profile non-conference opponent of Boise State, so the national media will clearly be drawing comparisons there. Next is a home game against Louisville, which represents the Mountain West's lone game against the Big East this year. GOT to win that one, Utah! I see them taking care of the Cardinals and having a good shot at beating Oregon to possibly enter conference play 4-0.
Sep 5: Weber State
Sep 12: Texas
Sep 19: @ Colorado
Oct 3: @ Florida Atlantic
Wait, WHAT?!?!? So Texas, who uses the excuse of our stadium size as their reason to not play at TCU, is willing to play at Central Florida, UTEP and now WYOMING but won't come to Fort Worth? There's no way around calling that what it is, which is complete bullshit. Anyways, the Longhorns will probably have their way with Wyoming. The trip to Boulder probably won't be an easy task for the Cowboys and new coach Dave Christensen, either- although they did beat Tennesse in Knoxville last year. Clearly, a win against either of those Big 12 teams would be huge, but the most vital game on their OOC slate might be the road game against Florida Atlantic. Travelling across the country can be tough, so you've got to hope Wyoming is able to avoid any distractions in that trip and not end up with a long, embarrassing flight home after losing to a Sun Belt team.
Not backing down: predicting the TCU season Bleacher Report
Purke's rejection of Rangers leads to questions about draft process Examiner
Baltimore Ravens camp notes Ravens 24x7
NFL player's donation might be part of NCAA's Bryce Brown investigation Wichita Eagle
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Newhouse and Washington make Lombardi watch list GoFrogs.com
Baseball welcomes 14 new members to squad GoFrogs.com
Star QB leaves Mavericks Katy Sun
Report: MLB had impact in Rangers negotiations with Purke Dallas Morning News
Mountain West ready to build on recent success The Spectrum
Chat with Heather Dinich ESPN
Leo (Utah): What are the odds that TCU beats Virginia and Clemson?
Heather: Actually, I think the chances are pretty good, except that both of those are road trips for TCU. Clemson has the talent to win that game and should. It's so early in Virginia's schedule I think they'll still be working out kinks in their offense.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
I think we were all glad to hear the national media actually debating something that we have been adamant about for some time, but the conference’s work is far from done. To really garner the respect we all think they deserve, the teams of the MWC have to show that last year wasn’t a fluke and that they can perform like that consistently. To do that, they’ve got to win as many games against out opponents from outside the conference as possible. We all know about the Frogs’ four non-conference opponents, but let’s take a team-by-team look at who the rest of the conference will be taking on, and which games are the most important for the MWC:
Sept 12: @ Minnesota
Oct 3: @ Navy
Nov 7: Army
As much as the Falcons would love to win the MWC title, winning the Commander in Chief’s Trophy is equally important to them. After basically owning the thing for most of the ‘80s and ‘90s, Air Force hasn’t brought it home to
Sep 12: @ Tulane
Clearly, BYU has the most to gain with their season opener against the Sooners. A win there would catapult the Cougars up the rankings and into the nation’s attention. I’ll sure be rooting for them, and I hope I’m wrong- but I think OU is just going to be too much for them. They’ve got a great chance for redemption, though, with
Sep 5: @ Colorado
Oct 3: @ Idaho
If Colorado State-Colorado isn’t already on your list of games to watch opening weekend, you might want to re-think it. Those teams HATE each other, and these games are always very physical and heated. Aside from last year, each game since 2002 has been decided by a touchdown or less. After three years of being played in
Sep 5: @ Texas A&M
Oct 3: @ Texas Tech
After a few seasons as the trendy pick to challenge the “Big 3” of the Mountain West, the Lobos are being picked near the bottom of the conference this year. That doesn’t make their OOC games any less important, though. The knock on the MWC the past few years has been that while, sure, the top of the conference is playing great football, the middle to bottom of the league doesn’t really inspire much fear. I don’t want to promise that
TCU football team draws inspiration from Tom Petty song Star-Telegram
Washington headlines linebacker corps GoFrogs.com
Mountain West preview: BCS climb Fox Sports
here's 5 games you shouldn't miss Longview New-Journal
NCAA investigating Bryce Brown's eligibility Wichita Eagle
Rangers are falling behind in one critical area: finances Star-Telegram
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Despite his misses from 35 and 26 yards against the Utes, sophomore Ross Evans was pretty solid as a freshman in 2008. He made 80% of his field goals with a long of 50 yards and 89% of his PATs. Obviously, you’d like to see him make 100% of PATs and connect on his FGs when they matter most, and I think he will as he gets older. I’m not much for finger-pointing, but instead of deriding him for being the goat, maybe blame the coaching staff for their lapse in recruiting that pushed a freshman into that situation? Evans didn’t handle kickoffs a year ago, so that job is up in the air. His backup, junior Kevin Sharples, did spell Drew Combs to handle two kickoffs last year, although both of them went out of bounds. That’s a pretty big no-no on kick-offs, so that job is perhaps the biggest question mark on the team as of now.
Sophomore punter Anson Kelton, who is inexplicably Sir Wesley Willis’ favorite player on the team, also returns. As a freshman, he averaged 41.3 yards per punt and put 55% of them inside the 20 yard line. To be perfectly honest, I’m not really sure who his main backup is, but punters NEVER get hurt- right, Cowboys fans?
The most exciting aspect of the Frogs’ special teams has to be junior punt returner Jeremy Kerley. Because he was hurt for part of the season, he only got the chance to return 25 punts a year ago and never broke one for a touchdown, but with his electric athleticism, it’s likely only a matter of time. Nick Sanders and Antoine Hicks both returns a few punts as well. On kickoffs, Ryan Christian is the top returning returner, having averaged 22.3 yards on the six he fielded last year. Speedy sophomore Greg McCoy is another option at kick returner, and true freshmen Josh Boyce and Skye Dawson could factor into the return game in the future..
It’s often said that a deep snapper is doing a great job when nobody hears his name, so it’s a good thing you’ve never heard of the Frogs’ snapper- senior Clint Gresham. He performed well enough last year to get put on scholarship, so there should be no worries about botched snaps on field goals or punts. Sophomore Joseph Bates and redshirt freshman Daniel Shelley will look to replace Gresham after this year. Kerley served as the holder last year, but it’s not known yet whether or not he’ll continue that duty this fall.
Rangers lose top draft pick Matt Purke to TCU Star-Telegram
Dalton named to Manning Award watch list GoFrogs.com
NCAA football preview: TCU Horned Frogs Seattle Post Intelligencer
Pressure on defenses in MWC Deseret News
Lions' Aaron Brown flips into competition at RB Associated Press
Monday, August 17, 2009
Anyways, Brett Perryman of the Dallas Morning News reported (well, cited a source) on the DMN's Rangers Blog that:
"The Rangers are not optimistic about signing first-rounder Matt Purke, who will probably head to TCU and re-enter the draft in 2011 as a draft-eligible sophomore. The two sides are still more than a million dollars apart."
Interesting stuff. There are still about 9.5 hours for the two sides to meet somewhere in the middle, but hopefully Purke's experience at TCU Orientation left him feeling that there's no need for him to lower his demands at all.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Update: Here's a link to the highlight video from the game between the Lions and Falcons. Wait until around the 3:20 mark for some Brown highlights.
Friday, August 14, 2009
With scores of 72 and 73, JJ is currently sitting tied for 37th at +1. The projected cut is +2, but with conditions getting tougher this afternoon it is projected to go as high +4, which means he will make it to his first weekend in a major this year (he did not make the cut at the US Open, the only other major he played in).
Junior Tejay Johnson, who started 12 games last year at weak safety, will slide over to quarterback the defense at free safety this year. Johnson was second on the team in passes broken up and sixth in tackles last year. He’s not afraid to lay the wood, either, as evidenced by his jarring stop of Harvey Unga on a 4th and inches play against BYU last year. In my opinion, he may have been the most underrated player on the defense. Behind him at FS will be his former high school teammate at
Heading into spring, strong safety was already a concern because really, who is going to replace the man/beast that is Stephen Hodge? The situation became a little more worrying when Sir Demarco Bledsoe left/was kicked off the team this summer. That left junior Colin Jones as the de-facto starter at SS. Jones is a great athlete who played in all 13 games last year and blocked a punt as a freshman in ’07, but he has already been hampered during fall practice with a recurring hamstring problem.
In the unfortunate event that Jones’ injury lingers, you may see either
Cornerback is a little more settled. Seniors Nick Sanders and Rafael Priest return, both having started the last 39 games for the Frogs. While neither is a Deion-type interception machine, they both possess unteachable coverage ability and have played a major role in the defense only giving up 188 passing yards per game over the course of their three years as starters. Both should get a look from the NFL after this year. Backing them up will be sophomore Greg McCoy and junior Jason Teague. McCoy, who is consistently referred to as the fastest player on the team, played in 12 games as a redshirt freshman last year, and had an interception against
The Frogs have two cornerbacks committed to play for them next year- Kevin White of Round Rock Stony Point and San Antonio John Jay’s Travaras Battle-Smith, who will graduate early and participate in spring drills next year. Because the situation at Katy Morton Ranch makes incoming freshman Michael Venson look more and more like he might not end up on campus this year, don’t be surprised to see the Frogs take a 3rd corner in this class…possibly a JUCO transfer. With no current commits and the premature departures of both Bledsoe and Chez Thomas, safety is one of the biggest areas of need for the coming recruiting class. Look for at least 2-3 of them to sign up to be Frogs.
Up Next: Special Teams
Could offensive change be in the air at TCU or is it just crazy talk? Star-Telegram
TCU staying focused in a blur of hype Dallas Morning News
TCU season preview Dallas Morning News
Q&A with TCU offensive lineman Marshall Newhouse Pegasus News
TCU favored for Mountain West title Las Vegas Sun
Henson stands out in 'Skins loss Roto Times
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Before you really get your hopes up, I should say that I consider the odds stacked against the Frogs on this one. A friend of Spitblood recently spoke with a representative of Purke's, who said that "barring a disaster, Matt will be signing with the Rangers". After all, what 18 year-old kid from Texas is going to turn down $5 million (which is rumored to be what the Rangers are offering) from Nolan Ryan? But then again, Purke was asking for something in the neighborhood of $7 million, and has a bit of leverage in that, because of his age, he'd be draft eligible again after just two college seasons (instead of the usual three). Also, at least one anonymous MLB scouting director has named Purke as the high school draftee most likely to pick college over signing a contract, according to ESPN's Jason Churchill.
Two unknown factors in determining where the two sides will meet are A) the extent of Tom Hicks' and the Rangers' financial woes and B) Purke's level of desire to have the college experience and a chance to play in the College World Series. Word is that Purke is slated to attend TCU orientation on Monday(deadline day)...if the TCU Admissions Department has any brains at all, they'll put him in an orientation group with nothing but the hottest incoming freshmen tail.
Like I said, if I had to wager, I'd put my money on him signing. But it's definitely something to keep an eye on, because the addition of Purke to the Frogs' already outstanding pitching staff could make TCU a very dangerous team next spring. And you never know, because even though "barring a disaster" makes it sound like it's close to being a done deal, there's no MLB team that pulls off disasters quite like the Rangers.
TCU kicker on Lou Groza award hot list Dallas Morning News
Ten non-AQs named to Lou Groza watch list ESPN
Could a non-AQ player win the Heisman? ESPN
Familiar faces at wide receiver GoFrogs.com
Duke, UConn, LSU, Arizona St in NIT Tip-off AP
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
While losing those guys definitely hurts, it does mean that the spotlight is now available for senior Daryl Washington, who just might be the best athlete on the team. He had 63 tackles a year ago- good for 4th on the team- 5.5 of which were for a loss to go along with 3 sacks and one interception. He also made one of the most important plays of the year in the Poinsettia Bowl when Boise State completed a long pass down the left sideline and he used a great angle and his superior speed to get to BSU's Vinny Paretta just in time to shove him so that left foot grazed the boundary, saving what would’ve easily been a touchdown that could’ve tilted the game in favor of the Broncos. Next spring, he ought to be joining Jerry Hughes as an early-round draft pick.
At the other starting spot in the Frogs’ 4-2-5 scheme should be sophomore Tank Carder. He played a lot on special teams last year (he was part of the mob of Frogs that blocked a punt at New Mexico) and a little bit on defense toward the latter part of last year, totalling 9 tackles and a pass broken up. He is quite the versatile athlete- as a kid, he was a champion BMX rider and played six different positions as a senior in high school.
The Frogs nearly always have an unofficial “third starter” at LB. It was Henson for three years behind Phillips and David Hawthorne, and was Washington last year. This year, that role will likely go to either true freshman Tanner Brock or sophomore Kris Gardner. Brock was a tackling machine at Copperas Cove, where he was 1st Team All-State three times. He graduated early, had a very impressive spring and is the surest bet to play as a true freshman this fall. Gardner, the nephew of linebackers coach Tony Tademy, was mostly a special teams player last year as a redshirt freshman but worked himself into the defensive rotation in a few games after having played tight end during his first year on campus. Greg Burks, a redshirt freshman from the Houston area, will also add depth and most likely contribute on special teams. Burks had a fantastic high school career at Spring Woods, but at 210 lbs has not put on as much weight as you’d like to see on your linebackers. But then again, LaMarcus McDonald was an All-American playing at about 210-215, so you never know.
On top of Brock, TCU adds two more talented freshmen this year: Kenny Cain and Justin Isadore. Cain was a four-year letterman and two-way star at Lousiana powerhouse River Ridge, and was the MVP of the 2A state title game as a senior as well as a member of the state championship 4x100 relay team. Isadore was a two-time All-Southeast Texas performer at Ozen High in Beaumont (so you know he's crazy), and was rated as the 23rd-best inside linebacker in the nation by Rivals. I wouldn’t be shocked to see one of these guys burn his redshirt and play as a true freshman this fall...I also wouldn't be shocked to see one of them eventually shift
Two more linebackers are committed to play for TCU starting next year, but as I mentioned in the D-line write up, Blake Roberts looks like he’ll end up at DE. Marcus Mallet out of Cleveland (Texas) is the other, and as you can tell, he’s perfectly named to play linebacker for such a destructive defense. Both of these guys live up to the expectation of what you would think TCU would be recruiting at linebacker after having so much success at the position for so long.
Up Next: Defensive Backs
Starting strong safety's injury a big concern for TCU Star-Telegram
TCU's Patterson forced to use his injury directive Dallas Morning News
TCU aims for Mountain West title, fifth straight bowl Houston Chronicle
Sporting News top 100: No. 24 TCU Sporting News
Hughes named to Sports Illustrated All-American team GoFrogs.com
Debate: Big East, Mountain West, BCS automatic qualifier ESPN
Lions rookie RB Aaron Brown changing his game Flint Journal
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Furthermore, they both have Boise State facing Oklahomo in the Fiesta Bowl. Are they trying to make me puke?
More importantly, they both predict the Frogs to compete in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas. Idiot "A" has us playing Arizona State, and Idiot "B" has us playing Stanford. Once again the major media outlets have underestimated the power of the Patterson Dynasty. Hopefully we will turn this into a positive and use this as bulletin board material.
Smith's difficulty in becoming academically eligible after transferring from California prior to his senior year of high school has been pretty well discussed. At one point, he was considered a long shot to become eligible to play for the Frogs this year. But as of July 20, according to East Texas football guru David Smoak, Smith just needs to complete one more correspondence course and get a 'B' in it in order to be eligible.
Venson's situation has been much less talked about, and very little is known about it. There is, however, a brewing scandal at his former school- Morton Ranch High School in Katy- that could shed some light on his situation as it develops. There is an investigation going on into the possible tampering of student records by Morton Ranch coaches. This situation also throws into limbo the status of TCU commit Sam Carter, the QB who transferred to Morton Ranch from Sharpstown this summer.
Because we don't really get much (any) first-hand information here at Spitblood, it's pretty difficult to say what the chances are of Smith and/or Venson enrolling at TCU this fall. The Star-Telegram story this morning, though, did mention that 104 players are in camp right now. With 105 being the NCAA-sanctioned limit of players who can practice before classes start, what does that imply about Patterson's expectation for one or both of them in terms of qualifying?
Early freshman have advantages on, off the field Star-Telegram
Camp '09 experience defines cornerback position GoFrogs.com
Non-AQ bowl projections ESPN
Basketball: TCU team notes USA Today
Monday, August 10, 2009
The bad news is, three starters and a very productive reserve have been lost to graduation. The good news? The lone returning starter is All-American senior end Jerry Hughes. All he did last year was lead the nation in both sacks (15) and forced fumbles (6). He also intercepted two passes on brilliant reads of screen passes, returning one of those for a touchdown. Another year like that and Mr. Hughes will be making dolla dolla bills, y’all.
The other reason not to be too concerned about the relative lack of experience is that under GP, the Frogs have always had a full cupboard and been able to reload quickly on defense. A number of ends will compete for time in the rotation, but for now it appears that junior Wayne Daniels, who had one sack last year, will get the starting nod as Hughe’s bookend. Pushing Daniels will be the trio of junior Clarence Leatch, who had a very productive spring, and sophomores Ross Forrest and Braylon Broughton. Forrest, who walked on at TCU rather than accept a scholarship at Rice, played as a true freshman in '08 and picked up both a scholarship and 30lbs of muscle during the offseason. Broughton is a scary combination of size and speed (6-6, 250), and could be mentioned in the same breath as Hughes, Schobel, Blake & Ortiz if he ever really figures it out.
Coming out of spring practice, juniors Kelly Griffin and Cory Grant emerged atop to the depth chart at defensive tackle. Griffin was a full-time starter as a true freshman in ’07, but played a reserve role last year when James Vess returned from a year-long suspension. Grant, a 300-pounder, has recorded two sacks in his first two seasons. Challenging both for starting roles will be junior Henry Niutei and highly-regarded redshirt freshman Jeremy Coleman.
The Frogs welcome four true freshman D-linemen this fall: Stansly Maponga out of Hebron and the much-anticipated “Maud Squad”: James Dunbar, Bryant House and Ray Burns, the only trio of 1A teammates that anyone can ever remember signing with the same major college program. As mentioned before, D.J. Yendrey was recruited as a defensive lineman and is now listed as an offensive lineman, but I wouldn’t count out his return to defense.
Two high school seniors are currently in line to play on the defensive line at TCU: David Johnson of Argyle, who will remind fans of former Frog DT Jared Kessler with his red hair and unstoppable motor, and Blake Roberts, who plays linebacker at Tyler Lee but at 6-4 and 220 with a 4.5 forty, he’s destined to be a dynamite defensive end when he gets to Fort Worth.
Up Next: Linebackers
'Don't back down' means Frogs have expectations Star-Telegram
Frogs report for practice, fun will have to wait AP
Coach Patterson keeps things in perspective for the Horned Frogs at TCU Media day Pegasus News
Patterson meets with the media GoFrogs.com
Frogs set to report for camp GoFrogs.com
Top 10 impact players for 2009 Fox Sports
State of the conference: Mountain West ESPN
Non-AQ preseason power rankings ESPN
A few points to ponder before kickoff Deseret News
Breaking down the coaches poll Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Sunday, August 9, 2009
As I am sure that no one finished reading the previous paragraph because no one is that concerned about that cake. I take this moment to show all the faithful fan's a glance at the NCAA record book with an emphasis on the team records, individual records and all-time records to follow.
Most Plays vs . a Major-College Team
111—Texas Tech vs. Iowa St., Oct. 11, 2003 (775 yards);
TCU vs. San Diego St., Nov. 24, 2007 (694 yards)
Most Passes Attempted, Both Teams
135—TCU (79) & Houston (56), Nov. 3, 1990 (completed 81)
Most Passes Completed, Both Teams
81—TCU (44) & Houston (37), Nov. 3, 1990 (attempted 135
Most Yards Gained, Both Teams
1,253—TCU (690) & Houston (563), Nov. 3, 1990 (135 attempts)
DEFENSIVE RECORDS (Since 2000)
15—TCU vs. Nevada, Sept. 9, 2000
LONGEST ACTIVE STREAK OF GAMES WITHOUT BEING SHUTOUT.
311 ----- MICHIGAN
257 ----- FLORIDA
203 ----- TCU (13TH OVERALL)
194 ----- AIR FORCE
184 ----- TENNESSEE
Friday, August 7, 2009
The TCU alumni bus from DC to Charlottesville officially closes registration today and a number of Spit Blooders are already on board. To join them click here. last I checked there were approximately 10 spots remaining.
If anyone needs tips on what airports to fly into, or where to stay (I still have a spot or two open) let me know.