Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Frogzilla among Combine Standouts

Well, according to Yahoo Sports, anyway. Here's what they had to say about him:

Pass-rushing specialist Jerry Hughes of TCU not only showcased impressive straight-line speed with his 4.69 40 time, he was also one of the few defensive linemen who maintained his balance and didn’t need to gear down around the edge. So much is made of pure initial get-off burst for the defensive end position. However, it’s more about a prospect’s ability to retain his speed when trying to flatten out around the corner, and that’s exactly what Hughes was able to exhibit Monday.

...and yet, they ran this photo of Wayne Daniels in their story instead of Hughes:

What's the difference between 96 and 98? Just ask Bill Clinton...

Frogs vs. Roadrunners

The #7 Horned Frogs are back in action tonight, hosting UT-San Antonio. While most of the talk about UTSA (and granted, it hasn't been much) has been about Larry Coker and their upstart football program, they baseball Roadrunners are off to a 5-1 start just like the Frogs.

6'8" junior Greg Holle gets the start for TCU tonight. Holle was pretty solid last year as a sophomore, going 5-2 with a 3.89 ERA. His first appearance of 2010 wasn't so pretty, though- he gave up 3 runs on 3 hits (two doubles and a home run) in just an inning and a third against Sam Houston State. Let's hope he has better stuff tonight.

And for those of you going to the game, one of UTSA's leading hitters is #14 Adam Carpenter...the younger brother of former Frog Matt Carpenter. For those of you not going to the game tonight, be reminded that the game will not be carried by KTCU because of the women's basketball game. You can still watch live on gofrogs.com (although you have to download some kind of fancy-schmancy plug-in) or via gametracker.

DCTF Mock Draft

Travis Stewart of Dave Campbell's Texas Football has both Jerry Hughes and Daryl Washington going in the second round of the upcoming NFL Draft. I say "upcoming," but really it's not until late April. Anyways, he's got Hughes headed to Miami and Washington being selected by the Colts.

Read the full article HERE

Happy Independence Day

Texas Independence Day is the celebration of the adoption of the Texas Declaration of Independence on March 2, 1836. With this document, settlers in Mexican Texas officially broke from Mexico, creating the Republic of Texas. Texas Independence Day is an official holiday in the State of Texas.

Thank you Wikipedia.

Hughes & D-Wash Combine Results

Seems like both Hughes and D-Wash impressed the scouts at the combine this past weekend. Both look like they will be drafted in Rd. 2. This pic was also on the NFL homepage yesterday.

From Scouts Inc.

Conversion ends

The demand for pass-rushers in the NFL is endless, and it appears the 2010 class has plenty to offer in the way of supply, particularly in the form of undersized college defensive ends who can or must become 3-4 outside linebackers. No player improved his stock more than TCU's Jerry Hughes. At 6-2 and 255 pounds, the undersized edge rusher put to rest any concerns regarding his top-end speed when he ran an official 40-yard dash time of 4.69 seconds, fourth-best among the defensive linemen. His fluidity in space was better than we thought it would be based on his film. Hughes stayed low and changed directions smoothly, which gives teams extra confidence in his potential to convert to outside linebacker in an odd-man front. Finally, Hughes exceeded expectations with 26 repetitions on the 225-pound bench press. This strong workout in addition to the explosive pass-rushing ability he displays on tape should land Hughes a spot in the second round of the upcoming draft.

Linebackers rising

Daryl Washington (6-1¾, 230) of TCU also had a good day. Washington is light on his feet and moves easily in space, and he showed good body control and caught the ball well in drills. He also has a strong upper body and good length with 34.4-inch arms.

Q&A with Coach P

Gary Patterson on expansion, Hughes

Ed's note: To read Bruce's story from yesterday on the TCU Horned Frogs and their recruiting philosophies, click here.

Here's my question and answer with head coach Gary Patterson for the article linked above:

How much attention have you paid to all of the talk about possibly conference expansion with the Pac-10 and Big Ten and how it might impact other leagues and your program?

Patterson: Not a lot. I figure by May, when a lot of the ADs and head coaches get together at the Fiesta Frolic (in Arizona) and have their meetings and meet face to face, we'll be interested to see what they have to say. All I can do as a coach is to make sure that we're in the process of raising money to re-do our stadium, and to win.

We're re-doing our locker room. We're re-doing our weight room. We're trying to put ourselves in position to build the stadium and put in luxury boxes. All we can do is prepare ourselves as a university and a football program to be in the right place and be ready if that (an invite to a BCS conference) occurs.

How much of a sour taste do you have from losing the bowl game to the Boise State Broncos?

I think we found out about a sense of urgency and when you get to that level it's hard to win. Maybe it's because we played Boise two years in a row. I feel like when we played Boise two years ago, we had the edge. This year, when we came out they were standing on the 50-yard-line and our guys were just running on the field. Is you're goal to be undefeated or is your goal to be 8-4? To be 12-0, you've got to create your own luck. We have to create the chemistry, the work ethic and the toughness.

We've got an Oregon State Beavers team right out of the box and they're a top 20 team, maybe top 15. You have Baylor and they have (quarterback) Robert Griffin coming back. Then, you get into your regular season.

What does QB Andy Dalton need to do to take the next step in his development?

Not let the whole system get to him. It's all about staying on edge and just winning. Don't worry about stats. We'll have goals -- but last year, he just went out and played and he kept getting better.

One of the things we had to deal with was the change in coordinators last year. That'll help Andy right off the bat. He's had the same guy talking to him for two years in a row, because he had Dick Wynder than he had Mike Schultz and now Justin Fuente. This will be two years in a row with Justin and that's a big deal.

Andy has learned how to be a leader. He's played in big ballgames. Now, can he make everybody else better?

What is your plan to replace All-American DE Jerry Hughes on defense?

I don't know yet. We have two guys in him and Daryl Washington who'll probably be first or second-round draft choices. The best thing about our defense is everybody else comes back besides them and our two corners; the two guys who will start for us this year are the ones that played most of the bowl game.

What we need to find for this entire team is find a starting left tackle -- and we have to find depth on the offensive line. We do have to play better at the guard position. On defense, we have six to eight defensive ends; Tanner Brock and Kris Gardner will be vying for Daryl Washington's linebacker job, but really we've got to find more depth at corner and the safety positions. And we also have to find a snapper.

We do have three younger safeties coming in and we redshirted four or five offensive linemen, so we'll see how it all turns out. It's different than last year, where I had to replace seven defensive starters. After this year, we have five safeties that are seniors, four offensive linemen; five wide receivers. We're an older football team for the first time in a couple of years.

How does losing (leading rusher) Joseph Turner impact the offense?

The good part is we had a three-man rotation with Matthew Tucker and Ed Wesley. We 'll have six running backs. We have (UCLA Bruins transfer) Aundre Dean out of Katy High school. We're also going to see if he can be a safety for us early in camp. We have so many tailbacks. We're going to try and get our best players on the field.

Another East TX Commit

The TCU Horned Frogs added commitment #5 to the fold Tuesday morning when Daingerfield offensive lineman Shayvion Hatten gave his verbal to the coaching staff. The 6-foot-5, 265-pounder had offers from all over the country.

He makes our fifth commit for 2011, welcome to the Frogs!

Morning Dump

Frogs coach sees fast start as building block Star-Telegram

TCU women hope to secure MWC title this week Star-Telegram

No. 7 TCU hosts UT San Antonio Tuesday night GoFrogs.com

Baseball American takes an in-depth look at this week's top 25

TCU baseball's Jason Coats named Mountain West Conference hitter of the week Examiner

Former Airline star thrives at TCU Shreveport Times