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.