Saturday, August 21, 2010

14 Days...

Until GP's D ends this Heisman campaign

AP Poll Released, Frogs #6

The Associated Press has released its preseason poll and the Horned Frogs come in ranked number 6. Granted this poll doesn't factor in the BCS but it's still nice to start in the top 10. Boise is ranked 3rd and our opening week opponent sneaks in at 24. No other MWC team made the top 25, though Utah and BYU are in the "others receiving votes" category.

Since this has been a hate filled week I would like to continue that emotion by pointing out that our lowest position on any voter's ballot was 11. Only one person has us that low. I'll give you all one guess who that douche bag was. If you didn't guess Craig James you're probably on the wrong site. So Craig James,

# - 23 Tommy Blake

GP's first high school offensive star turned defensive all-American, Tommy Blake's TCU career was a roller-coaster of epic peaks and unfortunate valleys. Regardless of how his career ended, Tommy Blake was certainly one of the most outstanding football players to every line-up for the Frogs.

As a red-shirt frosh in 2004, Blake had 5 sacks which earned him a spot on the CUSA All-Freshman Team. Those 5 sacks were the most for a TCU freshman since Aaron Schobel. In 2005, Blake was First Team All-MWC and racked up 7 sacks and 13.5 TFLs. He was also named as the MWC Defensive Player of the Year.

In 2006, he led one of the best defenses in all of college football. The 06' Frog defense was was second in total defense, second in run defense, and third in scoring defense. Not to mention holding the nation's leading rusher, Garrett Wolfe, to just 28 yards (130 below his average) in a 37-7 throttling of NIU in the Poinsettia Bowl. Blake finished 06' with 54 tackles (16.5 for loss), 7 sacks, and one fumble return for a TD. He was again named to the First Team All-MWC.

Blake ended his career 4th on the Frog career sack list, and 7th on the Yards Lost Tackling. He will unfortunately go down as the "Mystery Man" of the 07' season, but to all Frog fans he should always be remembered as guy who played his heart out as the leader of one of the most intimidating defenses TCU has ever seen.