Sunday, February 26, 2012

Frogs lose one LB, but gain two

The TCU linebacking corps has lost another upperclassman, as the rumor that has been making the rounds for a while now about Greg Burks' career being over has been confirmed. At the same time, though, the Frogs have received their first commitment for the 2013 recruiting class from a linebacker and have also moved a promising sophomore to the position.

Losing Burks obviously hurts on two fronts. He's been one of the top special teams performers on the team for years, where he always seemed to be a part of the action and made a couple of highlight-reel hits. Buried on the depth chart for years because of the glut of talent on the team, he was going to be a key part of the linebacker depth as a senior. We here at Spit Blood wish him the best of luck in finishing his degree and whatever other endeavors he takes on in his life after football.

Taking his place, though, is another athlete that started to make his mark on special teams as a redshirt freshman last year. Antonio Graves is a former high school quarterback turned safety turned wide receiver now turned linebacker. He'll now try to follow in the footsteps of guys like Chase Ortiz, Maurice Bouldwin, Jason Phillips and Ryan Christian who thrived after changing positions during their time at TCU. No word yet on whether or not he'll keep jersey #19, but I think it'd be pretty tight* to see a linebacker with that number.

There's another new addition to the Horned Frog linebacker stable, but this one still has a year to go in his high school career. GP got his first commitment in the 2013 recruiting class this weekend when Arlington High's Sammy Douglas made his pledge to TCU. As a junior this past fall, Douglas racked up 148 tackles (including a high of 18 in one game), 6 sacks and 4 forced fumbles. Check out his video right here:

*-The dream of the '90s is alive on Spit Blood. And if you appreciate the reference, I've got some more good news- you can pickle that.


Sir Wesley Willis said...

Put a bird on it

EdK said...

Sorry about Burks, but in all honesty, Antonio Graves is my favorite player.

It may have been an illusion, but I think he made every special teams tackle in the Boise State and UNLV games. (Actually, he only had six of them.)

I couldn't be happier about that move.

SwissArmyFrog said...

When I heard that a wide receiver was switching to linebacker, I thought, "Oh, great! Another small linebacker, and we're moving to the Big 12", but I checked his profile seems he's got decent size

Then I looked at the vid on Sammy Douglas... 6'1", 185 lbs...

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Cowtown Food Junkie said...

I've read on Rivals that the 180 pounds is off and that the kid is actually 6'2", 200 pounds. Seems like his frame could add another 25-30 pounds.