A little more than a week before spring practice starts for the reloading year of 2011, there are question marks at nearly every position on the Frogs' depth chart. Linebacker, however, is relatively question-free with both starters returning.
Senior-to-be Tank Carder and junior Tanner Brock return after combining for 166 tackles (15 of them for a loss), 5.5 sacks, 2 INT's and 8 passes broken up. I guess the only question for these two is if they can match last year's productivity or not.
Behind Carder & Brock on the depth chart are senior Kris Gardner and juniors Kenny Cain and Greg Burks, who will all look to earn the title of "third starter" that was granted to Robert Henson and Daryl Washington in years past. All three have shown us flashes in the past few years, both on defense and special teams.
Linebacker has been one of the positions that the Horned Frogs have always been able to reload at under Patterson. In addition to the guys listed above, there is plenty of returning talent that will ensure the future prosperity of the position: junior walk-ons Logan Sligar and David Stoltzman have both contributed on special teams, and redshirt freshmen Marcus Mallet and Blake Roberts (if he remains at LB...some speculate he could move to DE) have major potential.
Deryck Gildon, who graduated from Arlington Martin a semester early, has enrolled at TCU and will participate in spring practice with the Frogs. He'll be joined in the fall by fellow true freshman Laderice Sanders.
So what do you think- can Carder & Brock match what they did in 2010? Will any of the backups earn more playing time? When Carder graduates, who takes his place as starter in 2012? Of the true or redshirt freshmen on this fall's roster, who will emerge as the next superstar LB at TCU?