Monday, August 8, 2011

Plenty of position, jersey # changes

Where would YOU use Ethan Grant?

Since practice began on Thursday, a number of players have already switched positions- and a few have changed jersey numbers as well. Most of these were initially reported by purplemenace.com, so we didn't share the info here out of respect for the hard work those guys put in to earn their paid subscription fees. But they're all represented in the current version of the 2011 roster on gofrogs.com or have been reported on by the Star-Telegram, so I suppose it's all fair game now, right?

-First and foremost is the news that senior Robert Deck has moved from tight end to left tackle (and from #87 to #78), where by all accounts he will compete for the starting job. To me, this is a glass half-full or half-empty scenario. On one hand, you've got a former walk-on tight end all of a sudden moving to what Sandra Bullock told us all is the most important position on the field...and he's going to start? On the other, it might be a brilliant move by Patterson/Fuenderson/Williamson to light a fire under the talented young duo of James Dunbar and Nykiren Wellington by pitting them against a disciplined and diligent fifth-year senior who is hungry to make his mark on the field before graduation. It should be noted that Deck is 6'4" and up to 275 lbs, so even though that would make him a smallish tackle, he wouldn't be significantly undersized.

-Redshirt freshman Ethan Grant, who came to TCU as a four-star running back out of Florida, was switched to wide receiver to add depth to that position in the spring. He's now moved BACK to running back, although I have a feeling you'll see Fuenderson lining him up in a number of different looks- he could be a dangerous weapon as a runner or as a receiver.

-Jason Verrett, the dreadlocked JUCO-transfer corner who took part in spring drills wearing #12 has switched to #2 and word is that he could be starting opposite Greg McCoy.

-Grant isn't the only redshirt freshman who has experienced a positional yo-yo. Rick Settle came to TCU as a walk-on quarterback out of Kansas, was shifted to safety during the spring, and is now back at quarterback. He'll probably be the #4 QB this year behind Pachall, Brown and true freshman Trevone Boykin.

-Redshirt freshman Danny Heiss, who came to TCU from Aledo as a walk-on safety, has moved to linebacker. He's also changed jersey numbers, from #24 to #38.

-True freshman offensive lineman Carter Wall, recruited as a tackle out of the Houston area, has moved to center. Pretty common for young O-linemen to switch between tackle, guard and center, so this could just be temporary.

-The Frogs have, unfortunately, already suffered their first two season-ending injuries. Sophomore defensive end Matt Anderson and true freshman cornerback Travoskey Garrett will both be redshirting this year as they recover from injuries (that, so far, have not been specified publicly) suffered this summer.

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