Monday, February 14, 2011

Spring practice announced

Last year's spring game. Picture courtesy Angry Trey's blog

The Frogs will hit the field for spring practice in just under three weeks, according to this release from GoFrogs. Practice is set to begin on March 5th with the spring game set for April 2nd. Practice will wrap up with a final practice April 8th.

No mention of where the spring game will be played, but from what I have heard it will not be at Amon G. While spring games never live up to the hype this year should be particularly interesting from a fan perspective with all the open starting spots.

Looking Ahead: Receivers and Tight Ends

During Andy Dalton's four-year assault on the TCU record book, he was fortunate to have the same core group of receivers on the other end of his passes. With the graduation of Jeremy Kerley, Jimmy Young, Bart Johnson, Curtis Clay, Evan Frosch and Alonzo Adams, so goes 58% of the pass receptions from the 2010 season. That means that Casey Pachall-or whoever takes over at QB- will have to find a new cadre of pass-catchers.

The main candidate to take over as a go-to guy is Josh Boyce, who was a breakout star as a redshirt freshman in 2010. Boyce hauled in 34 passes for 646 yards and 6 TDs- including that incredible 93-yarder against Utah in Salt Lake City. It's a good bet that Boyce, who was already looked to in some key moments last year, will be relied upon heavily going forward.

It's hard to believe that Antoine Hicks will be a senior this fall, isn't it? We've seen flashes of his potential over his first three years- including his 75-yard exclamation point touchdown catch against BYU in Provo in '09- but he took a step back last fall catching just 13 passes for 175 yards for the whole season. Perhaps that was just a product of the incredible depth the Frogs had at receiver last year, though, so it stands to reason that he could see more touches in 2011. Junior-to-be Skye Dawson is in the same boat, having caught 12 passes for 170 yards last season. With so many seniors now gone, perhaps the coaching staff will find more ways to utilize his amazing speed.

Two other returning wide receivers who'll look to capitalize on the sudden lack of depth at the position are senior Jonathan Jones and junior Sam Shutt. Jones, at 6'4", is a big target but has caught just 5 passes in his time at TCU. Shutt, who came to TCU from Savannah, Tennessee, has yet to catch a pass in a game.

There will be at least five true freshman at receiver this fall for the Frogs- LaDarius Brown, Brandon Carter, Cameron White, David Porter and David Bush. On top of that, there's a chance that one of the incoming QBs- Trevone Boykin or Chazten Gonzales- could switch to WR.

At tight end, Logan Brock is the main candidate to take over the starting spot vacated by Evan Frosch's graduation. Brock hauled in 6 passes last year-including 2 touchdowns- fueling speculation that the position might finally be making it's comeback in the offense after many years of being an afterthought. Pushing Brock for playing time at TE will be junior Corey Fuller along with senior Robert Deck, junior Walker Dille and redshirt freshman Stephen Bryant. Dominic Merka, recruited as a quarterback, might also end up at tight end.

Now it's time to hear from you. Will Josh Boyce suffer a sophomore slump or continue to blossom into a superstar? Will Antoine Hicks or any of the other returnees fulfill their potential and produce like the last group of receivers? Which of the true freshmen will contribute in 2011? Will Ethan Grant or any other running back see some time split out wide? Who's the next superstar for the Frogs at wide receiver? Tight end? I know you've got opinions, so let's hear them!

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