Friday, January 28, 2011

Meet the Future Frogs: Jon Lewis

As if Chuck Hunter's January 16th commitment wasn't music enough to Frog fans ears, he was joined on the interior of the defensive line the very same day by Klein Oak's Jon Lewis. And as if landing two superior DTs on the same day wasn't awesome enough, Lewis was stolen from the Red Raiders the same week they took a TCU assistant coach and decided they weren't quite up for playing the Frogs in a rebuilding year for the much smaller private school.

Back to Lewis, though. He moved to the Houston area from Fresno, CA, and racked up 22 sacks when he got to Klein Oak- including 13 as a senior this past fall. At 6'2", 265lbs he'll need to add some size to play inside at the college level, but being a bit undersized didn't scare away schools coast to coast that offered him a scholarship. Of course, he's plenty of big already to play end. Either way, watch him dominate:

Because I Obligated Myself.

Kind of Funny that they're both Gay now.

TCU vs. Air Force. 5:00PM. CBSCS.

After successfully keeping their now 4 game losing streak intact in New Mexico on Wednesday, the Frogs travel back home to go for number 5 against the Air Forces. Believe it or not, TCU is actually on a bit of a roll against the Falcons, having swept the series both years under Christian. Could this be the game that turns the season around? Doubtful, but there are a few reasons to be hopeful. Or at least there are probably a few reasons to be hopeful, I actually don't know any to be completely honest. Air Force is a game ahead of us in the standings at 11-8, 2-5 having knocked off Wyoming and Utah in conference play. They also haven't been blown out in any of their conference games, despite having already faced off against conference leaders BYU, SDSU and UNLV. Remember, basketball is the THIRD priority for these guys behind serving their country and getting an education.

No word on whether or not Ronnie Moss will be back, but he would certainly be a boost to any team that shot 33% from the field in their last outing. I know they always say that it's really hard to root against the Armed Services, but I've never found it that difficult in football. But in basketball? I'll probably go for the good guys... and they're not wearing purple. I reserve the right to my cynicism until the team proves otherwise.

Elsewhere:

Wyoming @ #4 San Diego State.

San Diego State is looking to bounce back to winning form after losing a tough one to BYU Wednesday night. Can they do it? Well, Wyoming lost to us... so yeah, they can.

#9 BYU @ New Mexico.

I'd say this should be a really good game based on what UNM did against us on Wednesday night, but that's kind of like saying Dude, Where's My Car is the greatest movie of all time just because it's better than Freddie Got Fingered. Regardless, this one is at least watchable.

Colorado State @ Utah.

Meh.

Semi-Pilfered Senior Bowl Observations: Day 4.


Like Day 3, I actually did sit through the live broadcast of the Senor Bowl practice. Like Day 3, it was pretty boring and lacking in substance. Unlike day 3, Andy Dalton did not look very sharp. At all.

In fact, all of my menial observations are going to be about Dalton because I do not recall seeing Kerley at all and Kirkpatrick is, well, Kirkpatrick. Much like Day 3, the biggest setback to Dalton's progress as an NFL signal caller is his lack of exposure to taking the ball directly from center and dropping back to pass. This clearly showed in comparison to Christian Ponder and Greg McElroy as they did not run a predominantly spread offense, which we have exclusively since Fuenderson took over calling the plays. Not that he was awful or anything, but something was just amiss yesterday afternoon. This was especially strange because a lot of the plays they were running were seemingly suited to his strengths - multiple receiver sets with the receivers running short, underneath routes, routes he was not hitting. There was also a sequence where they had the receivers running wide fade routes to the corner of the end zone that he struggled a bit with as well. Clearly not ever practice is going to be top notch, and there were certainly days at TCU where the offense wasn't clicking at all during practice despite what they did in games. I don't think one less than stellar practice is going to torpedo his draft stock or anything; it just simply rammed the point home that Dalton isn't going to be this draft class' Sam Bradford.

And that's it. Apologies because I can't find any updated info on Day 4 mentioning our guys, but you can pretty much just read any of the other daily breakdowns because not a lot changed. We'll have a recap of the game itself up and running Monday and see how the three Frogs fared in their last college game ever... sort of.

Meet the Future Frogs: Chuck Hunter

A week after the Frogs went east to get Quincy Aldridge from Whitehouse, they went even further east to address a major area of need when they received a commitment from West Monroe, Louisiana defensive tackle Chuck Hunter.

Hunter, all 6'1" 294lbs of him, led West Monroe to a state championship as a junior in 2009 was named Louisiana 5A Defensive Player of the Year as a senior this past fall when he led his team to another state championship appearance. All of those accolades helped him land scholarship offers from multiple Big 12 and SEC teams, but he picked TCU in part because he has family in Texas.

Rivals has him listed as a 4-star recruit and ranks him as the #27 defensive tackle in the country and the #15 overall player in Louisiana. Check out his video and judge for yourself:

Morning Dump

Football:
TCU likely to play BYU this year, but not on Thanksgiving weekend
Star-Telegram

Fort Worth football royalty welcomes 'ambassadors'
Star-Telegram

TCU, BYU may play at Cowboy stadium ESPN

Non-AQ returning starters
ESPN

USF doesn't want UCF to join the Big East
Sporting News

More goosebumps
Super Frog


Baseball:
Baseball starts practice Friday
GoFrogs.com

UCLA will start new-look baseball season ranked No. 1
USA Today
-Frogs No. 2