Thursday, July 29, 2010

NBC Sports Preseason Top 25: TCU #3

NBC Sports has released their Preseason Top 25, and they've got the Frogs ranked at #3, behind only Alabama and Ohio State. Most rankings that I've seen consider TCU a Top 10 team, but this is the first that I've seen rank them anywhere above 5th. I loved this part of their preview of the Frogs:

"The Horned Frogs can hardly be considered a secret any longer...Wouldn’t it be ironic to see TCU, once bypassed for admission into the Big 12, with the ability to contend for a national title out of the Mountain West? Once, that possibility seemed outrageous. Not any longer."

A Sad Day For Spitblood Mobile App

I received a mobile report from one of our Spitblood App users today regarding the Texas Long-Fallopian Tube-Horns picture.

These messages come in anonymously with no way to respond, so I have no choice but to post it publicly.

The posting of this pic, I believe, is a little over the top. After I send this msg. I will be deleting this iPhone app. You should really be ashamed of yourself!!!

Spitpurple, you've been a bad, bad blogger, now go to your kennel.

This person must not have been following Spitblood for too long, if this is what caused them to delete the quasi-functional app.

I was actually thinking of what a great t-shirt this beautiful comparison of female anatomy to Horns would make. I guess the former reader and I don't see ovary to ovary on this one.

Coincidence? I think not

Thanks to one of our lovely female readers for this image

Taking Inventory: The Defensive Line

There are two ways to look at the defensive line this year. On one hand, it's very difficult for a defensive front to remain as dominant as they were a year ago when you lose a player like Jerry Hughes. Filling the shoes of the departed two-time All-American end may be a nearly impossible task. On the other hand, the Frogs do return three starters from last year, and how many people out there thought we'd find an adequate replacement so soon when Tommy Blake and Chase Ortiz both left after the 2008 season?

The leading candidate to take over as the Frogs' main pass-rushing threat is 5th-year senior Wayne Daniels. Starting at right DE last year, Daniels recorded 5 ½ sacks and earned 2nd Team All-MWC honors. He's a preseason 1st Teamer this year, so clearly the media that covers the MWC expect him to shine in 2010.

Coming out of spring practice, the battle to replace Hughes at left end was not completely decided. Junior Braylon Broughton, who at 6'6", 272lbs is a freak athlete with nearly unlimited potential, has to be the favorite of optimistic Frog fans. His playing time increased as last season wore on, and if things finally click for him this fall- watch out. His main competition for the starting job is sophomore Ross Forrest, a former walk-on out of Odessa Permian who missed almost all of last season after being injured in the Virginia game.

Two more names to look for in the rotation at DE are senior Clarence Leatch and redshirt freshman Stansley Maponga. Leatch, who recorded 2 sacks a year ago, has really impressed me the few times that I've ventured over to an open practice, so I still think he could make a major impact. But then again, what do I know? Maponga, who has also spent some time at DT, has a lot of buzz about him and is expected to be a future star on this line.

Both starting tackles from a year ago return in the big, hole-stuffing senior dueo of Cory Grant and Kelly Griffin. Like Daniels, Grant was 2nd Team All-MWC a year ago and a preseason 1st Team selection. He recorded 2½ sacks and 5½ tackles for loss. Griffin, who was first a starter as a true freshman in 2007, also recorded 5½ tackles for loss last year.

Behind Grant and Griffin will be sophomores Jeremy Coleman and DJ Yendrey, both of whom had 2 sacks as freshmen a year ago. Yendrey, who was a surprise impact player at defensive end as a true freshman last year, has switched to jersey #94 and has made the move inside to tackle, where some might consider him a tad undersized at 262lbs. We thought he might've been undersized last year, too, but he quickly proved that he plays much bigger than he looks. Coleman, who was a very highly-regarded recruit out of the Houston area, is a prime candidate to have a breakout season, in my humble opinion.

In addition to Maponga, there are three more redshirt freshmen who will look to break into the rotation along the defensive line this year. Ray Burns- a tackle- and end Bryant House make up two-thirds of the "Maud Squad" (along with OT James Dunbar), the high school teammates from tiny Maud HS (a 1A school) who decided to remain together in college. Jon Koontz, a walk-on from Aledo, will also add depth to the line.

The Frogs welcome three true freshmen defensive linemen this year, and you'll likely see one of them this fall. David Johnson, the red-haired tackle from Argyle, first captured our attention with his youtube weight-lifting videos (370lb power clean? Check) and graduated early to take part in spring practice. I'd look for him to get some snaps this year. Blake Roberts, who was recruited out of Tyler Lee as both an end and a linebacker, was given jersey #91 so I'd expect him to add weight to his 6'4", 225lb frame and eventually be coming out of a three-point stance. Clifton Murphy out of Little Elm was initially slated to greyshirt this year (meaning he'd attend a junior college before transferring to TCU in January) has now been granted a scholarship for the fall and will join the Frogs with the rest of the class.

Go Purple Fridays

Good to see stuff like this, especially starting early. 37 days...

EDIT: A few folks have emailed me saying that when they view this post, no image is visible above (although it does show up for me). Anywho, if you go to right now, the first screen you'll come to is the image. They are continuing the "Go Purple Friday" concept that was conceived late in the season last year, and they are tying a few local businesses into it- offering discounts on Fridays (starting tomorrow) for people wearing purple.

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