Friday, January 6, 2012

DCTF catches up with Dalton

As he prepares for the first playoff start of his young NFL career, Andy Dalton took some time to sit down with Dave Campbell's Texas Football to talk about the whirlwind 21 months he's experienced since posing for the cover of their 2010 summer magazine:

Standing Dall

Meet the Future Frogs: Tyler Matthews

The third of the three future Frogs playing in tomorrow's US Army All America Game is Tyler Matthews, the 6'3" 205lb quarterback from McPherson, Kansas. While Tyler ends our run of looking at recruits playing in All-Star games this week, he is the first of the four TCU commits we'll profile that will be enrolled this semester to take part in spring practice.

Matthews, who started for two and a half years at McPherson, threw for 6,541 yards in his high school career. His touchdown to interception ratio was a staggering 62 to 8. Rivals gave him four stars, ranking him as the 164th-best overall recruit in the nation, the 7th-best pro-style QB in that nation and the #1 overall recruit in the state of Kansas. Despite all-out efforts by Kansas and Kansas State to keep him in state (including Charlie Weis' first in-home visit after he took over in Lawrence), Matthews never wavered from his commitment last February 12th to become a Horned Frog.

If you're into putting pressure on a kid by comparing him to previous TCU quarterbacks, just keep in mind that Casey Pachall also ignored a scholarship offer from Charlie Weis, who was at Notre Dame at the time. And if you take a peak at ESPN's scouting report on Matthews, it reads like a description of a certain #14 who wears tiger stripes on his helmet these days.

You'll get a chance to see him on TV tomorrow in the All-Star game, as well as at the TCU spring game in a few months...but I think you'll enjoy this little sneak preview:

Morning Dump


West Virginia, TCU make Big 12 stronger Tulsa World

Dalton misses practice with the flu Cincinnati Enquirer

Dalton has familiarity on his side in playoff debut USA Today

Dalton a finalist for NFL Rookie of the Year Award Cincinnati Enquirer


Jeff Mittie's milestone game ends in disappointment Star-Telegram

Lady Frogs lose to UT Pan-American