Friday, April 23, 2010

Washington to Cardinals at #47

Well well, back to the house of horrors (AKA University of Phoenix School College Stadium) for DWash. But seriously, good for him. Both Frogs go to good teams and before both Notre Dame guys which is hilarious. Here is the ESPN analysis of the pick.

15(47)Arizona Cardinals (from Tennessee through New England)Daryl WashingtonOLBTCU
What he brings: Washington can have some problems anchoring when teams run at him, but he reads his keys, locates the ball quickly and can beat blockers to the point of attack. He also tackles well. In addition, he has the potential to be a three-down linebacker who doesn't have to come off the field in passing situations.
How he fits: Arizona made a big splash by signing the demonstrative Joey Porter for sacks and toughness, but they still needed outside pass-rushing. Sack leader Bertrand Berry is no longer with the club and Clark Haggans is slowing down with age. This was a good pick. The Cardinals get a physical, young pass-rusher who can also set the edge versus the run.

Washington still waiting...

While we were all thrilled to see Jerry Hughes become the first Horned Frog to be picked in the first round since LT, I think we were all also hoping that Daryl Washington would make it back-to-back Frogs at the end of the round. It wasn't to be, though, as the Saints decided to take someone else.

So now Washington gets another nervous afternoon to wonder what city he'll begin his professional career. Where do the ESPN "experts" think D-Wash will go? Mel Kiper thinks he'll get picked up with the 12th pick of the 2nd round (44th overall) by the Patriots, while Todd McShay projects him dropping to the 30th pick in the round (62nd overall), when he sees the Vikings selecting him.

Frogs hosting UNLV this weekend

It's almost as if the Frogs are playing two different seasons at the same time right now. Their midweek non-conference games, especially those against Big 12 schools, are their path to improving their RPI ranking and possibly earning a #1 seed in the tournament or even hosting a regional as they did a year ago. Then on the weekends, their games mean little to their RPI (unless they lose...), but are their only way to winning yet another regular-season MWC title.

While they suffered a setback in one season on Tuesday night up in Norman, their sights must turn back toward a conference title when UNLV comes to town for a three game set starting tonight. The Rebels, Coach Schlossnagle's old team, has never beaten TCU at Lupton Stadium, and I don't think now is a good time for that trend to come to an end. The pitching rotation will stick to the usual form, with Matt Purke going tonight, Kyle Winkler on Saturday and then Steven Maxwell on Sunday.

Here's Coach Schloss discussing the series and some other current topics revolving around TCU Baseball:

Morning Dump

EX-TCU star Hughes drafted by Colts with 31st pick Star-Telegram

Horned Frogs open historic Penn Relays

No sense in questioning Polian on draft night Indianapolis Star

Colts add to defense with TCU DE Jerry Hughes
Indianapolis Star

The impact: Defensive End Jerry Hughes
NY Times-The Quad

BCS releases formula for automatic qualification

Colts select DE Hughes with first round pick