Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Top Questions for Spring Practice: #9

Much like the receiving corps, the top producers return for TCU at the quarterback position. Casey Pachall was simply amazing as a sophomore last year, completing a school-record 66.5% of his passes for a school-record 2,921 yards with 25 TDs and just 7 INTs. Those amazing stats and the fact that he seems to be at his best in the 4th quarter are comforting when TCU fans think about the next two seasons. But the team is always one snap away from having to rely on another signal-caller, which is why QB depth is #9 on our Top 10 list of questions heading into spring practice.

#2 QB Matt Brown impressed us all as a redshirt freshman last fall, scoring six touchdowns on the ground in a mostly wildcat role. He attempted just five passes (and completed three of them for 90 yards) though, so he is still very inexperienced throwing against collegiate defenses. He remains Pachall's main understudy heading into spring drills, but redshirt freshman Trevone Boykin will be breathing down his neck for that job (figuratively, of course- it'd be pretty creepy if he was literally breathing down Brown's neck). Boykin has too much athleticism to spend his entire career holding a clipboard on the sideline, so look for him to make the most of his opportunity to show that he has a future at QB...and not as a receiver or defensive back.

Also wearing red QB practice jerseys this spring will be junior walk-on Rick Settle, who scored a touchdown in mop-up duty against New Mexico last fall, and highly-touted true freshman Tyler Matthews. Matthews will be joined by fellow freshman Austin Aune this fall, but graduated early to enroll at TCU in January.

I think most sane Frog fans out there believe Pachall to be the firmly entrenched starter- but if we have any crackheads out there that feel otherwise, we'd love to hear your hair-brained theories as to why #4 isn't our guy. How do the rest of you see the QB depth chart at TCU looking for 2012? And who do you think will succeed Pachall as the starter at the end of his college career?

TCU's Big 12 schedule out

The Big 12 has released it's official conference schedule for 2012, and TCU's looks like this:

Sept 15: @ Kansas

Oct 6: Iowa State

Oct 13: @ Baylor

Oct 20: Texas Tech

Oct 27: @ Oklahoma State

Nov 3: @ West Virginia

Nov 10: Kansas State

Nov 24: @ Texas

Dec 1: Oklahoma


This is in addition to TCU's scheduled non-conference games:

Sept 8: Grambling State

Sept 22: Virginia

Sept 29: @ SMU


A few other quick thoughts:

-We had heard for a long time that TCU @ Texas would be on Thanksgiving Day. This seems to indicate that it would be on the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend. Maybe we'll get some clarification on that later?

-Hosting OU on championship weekend? Holy big game atmosphere, Batman!

-Playing three conference road games in four weeks from mid-October to early-November is going to be tough. But we knew what we were getting ourselves into, right?

-Texas/OU is on October 13th...the same weekend as ACL. Add in TCU-Baylor in the same time-frame, and you've got an answer to the rhetorical question of "How could you possibly make I-35 any worse?"

-Giggity giggity giggity, Big 12!

Happy made-up holiday

I'm sure you are all thrilled that today is February 14th. The day when you get to fight through all of the unwashed masses to buy a card or flowers or make dinner reservations...just so your girlfriend or wife won't be judged by her friends for having a cheap (or more accurately: logical) boyfriend or husband. I know, I know- maybe I'm just cynical. Or cheap. Or maybe you're just brainwashed.

Anyway- for those of you that are single or just completely have the upper hand in your relationship, you've got a chance to watch the Frogs build on their second-biggest win of the year (Saturday's 75-71 triumph over NCAA bubble-occupier Colorado State) with what would easily be the biggest win in the Jim Christian era as they host #11 UNLV tonight at Daniel-Meyer.

I know what you're thinking- there's no way the Frogs can beat UNLV tonight. And you've got good reason to think that, after the Runnin' Rebels disposed of TCU by 23 in Las Vegas last month. Well, flash back to this week eight years ago. The 2004 Frogs, who were 9-12 at the time, hosted #10 Louisville on February 17th. No one expected TCU to even stay close with the Cardinals. And what happened? TCU throttled Rick Pitino's team 71-46 and the fans (including myself) stormed the court.

Surely this year's UNLV squad won't come in overlooking the Frogs, right? If you read the Star-Telegram's write-up of the game this morning, you probably saw that Rebels' coach Dave Rice mistakenly referred to TCU's home court as "Moody Coliseum". Yeah, I'd say they are toootally focused on the Frogs following their emotional 65-63 home win over #14 San Diego State at home on Saturday that helped them grab a share of first-place in the MWC.

I'm not calling for the upset, I'm just saying UNLV might get caught a little off-guard if the Frogs come with their A-game tonight and a couple extra thousand rowdy Frog fans get the DMC rockin' a bit.

Morning Dump

Basketball:

TCU men host #11 UNLV tonight at 6:30pm gofrogs.com

Frogs could use some fan support Star-Telegram

TCU-UNLV preview CBS Sports

UNLV will try to play with urgency at TCU Las Vegas Sun


Baseball:

Elander adds to preseason honors gofrogs.com

Ole Miss sets rotation, lineup for series at TCU
Jackson Clarion Ledger