Tuesday, May 24, 2011

A Dabble of Football Notes.

Casey Pachall Back-up quarterback Casey Pachall #4 of the TCU Horned Frogs passes against the University of New Mexico Lobos on November 27, 2010 at University Stadium in Albuquerque, New Mexico. TCU won 66-17.

With the Metroplex rightfully buzzing about the Mavs unbelievable run, the Rangers presumed return to form with Hamilton and Cruz back in the mix and not to mention the Baseball Frog's beginning post season play, it'd be forgivable for a person to have put college football on the back burner for the time being. And while I personally have sports ADD in the sense that I can't follow more than one sport religiously at a time, I'm still a sucker for mock rankings, which SI's Andy Staples has conveniently provided for us this week. In his first post-spring look at things, Staples has the Frogs ranked 15th, sandwiched between the Big Ten's Michigan State and our old pals Wisconsin, respectively. I'm definitely one of those people who reads every inch of column space SI devotes to college football so I can pretend the season is just around the corner, but for those of you who are Frog Monogamists, here is what he had to say:

Key returnees: WR Josh Boyce, RB Ed Wesley, LB Tank Carder, LB Tanner Brock

Spring star: QB Casey Pachall

Spring recap: Looking back at the Top 25 I put out in January, I felt I was expecting too much of a TCU team that lost 26 seniors. But while I think it would be presumptuous to start the Horned Frogs in the top 10, I also have faith in their ability to reload. Coach Gary Patterson went 6-6 when he took over the program in 2001. He then won double-digit games in seven of the next nine seasons. He has earned the benefit of the doubt.

Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/andy_staples/05/24/post-spring-top-25/index.html#ixzz1NIuDkeag

I think that's probably a fair ranking for us, or at least truer than his immediate post-BCS Title Game rankings where he had us 8th. Losing 4/5 of your offensive line and a four year starting QB isn't exactly good for the business of winning immediately. However, I'm glad to see he bows a little bit at the altar of Patterson and gives him the benefit of the doubt where reloading is concerned, which is something we all should do as well. The schedule is tailor made for at least 10 wins and as long as our offensive line isn't a complete disaster, we're going to score a lot of points. And on defense? Well, see that whole "benefit of the doubt" thing. We're approaching the 90 day mark for the regular season. It really can't get here fast enough.

Switching gears a little bit though, I think one thing that has maybe gone a little under the radar is the absolute rampage our coaching staff has been on this off season where recruiting is concerned. We - well, lyle and shortnkerley, I've been pretty AWOL lately - have tried to keep you updated as much as possible, but if you're not clear on everything I highly suggest you go see the current list over at Purple Menace. Stars are bullshit, of course, but it's worth noting that four of our eleven verbals picked up four of them, and LaDarius Anthony is sitting pretty at three although it's not too far fetched to think he could add one more point, shiny thing to his name with a big senior season.

However, with the latest interested party, our coaching staff can add a whole new level of swagger to their acumen. The player in question is Travis Blanks, a four star cornerback from Tallahassee, FL and the 27th overall prospect in the country, per Rivals. However, it's his list that really sticks out - Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, LSU, The U, Ohio State and... TCU? Not bad company to keep if I do say so myself. Whether Blanks ends up in purple or not - and based on his reaction, playing in the Big East could be a deal breaker - the fact that we're in the discussion with all of those larger, closer schools is pretty derned swell.

Up next: Baylor fan drinks too much, forgets his manners.

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