Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Great Week For TCU Football

Instead of dwelling on the negative that was the OU game and some of the worst officiating I've seen in years, I thought I'd bring a few positive news nuggets to Spitblood instead with regards to our football program.

On Monday, TCU received its 15th football commitment for the year and arguably the biggest name of the bunch, Arlington Martin RB Kyle Hicks.  He's rated as a 4 star recruit by rivals, the 21st best RB in the country, and the 34th best player in the state of Texas for 2013.  He's also a good friend and former teammate of current TCU great Devonte Fields, so perhaps we have Mr. Fields to thank a little bit for this one as well.  At 5'10 190, he looks to have potential to add bulk to his frame and become a serious force in the TCU backfield in the not so distant future.  He had surgery on a torn ACL Tuesday, so we wish Kyle a speedy recovery and can't wait to see him in purple.

Perhaps the most exciting part about this get for TCU, however, is the fact that he decommitted from Texas to join the Frogs.  Beating them on the field is always priority #1, but after the crotch kick that was the Daje Johnson recruitment last year and amongst several other high profile recruiting battles we've lost to that mediocre squad in Austin, this one sure feels good.  Hicks, perhaps smarter than many of his fellow former future teammates, may see the writing on the wall in Austin and would rather spend 4-5 years winning and around a stable program.  Great call, Kyle.  Here are some highlights for y'all to drool over now.

In other news, there's been plenty of speculation as well that Coach Patterson is in talks to extend his contract and undoubtedly receive a hefty pay bump.  Not only is this much deserved, but it should put a muzzle on all the silly rumors flying around about him going to Austin.  Mack Brown will probably coach that team into the ground for at least one more season anyways, so there really was nothing to fear that at all.  Stefan Stevenson broke the news via the twitter and said raises and extensions are expected for the staff, but nothing has been finalized yet.

Also, of those 3 remaining middle tier SEC jobs that had Frog fans uneasy, only one remains.  Arkansas made a big splash today, albeit not as big of a splash as they wanted to make, by stealing former super butt hurt crybaby TCU opponent and all-around cocky asshole Midwesterner Bret Bielema away from a very average Wisconsin team.  From Rose Bowl bound with 5 losses to boarding a sinking ship in Arkansas, I'd say he made a pretty lateral move with the exception of the substantial pay raise he'll get at Arky.  After hearing the names Gary Patterson, Les Miles, Chris Petersen, and Mike Gundy as potential candidates for that job, I think it's safe to say Arky didn't get their top choice there.  They tried to get the 2011 Rose Bowl champion coach, but had to settle for the runner up.  Tough break there.  Also, Auburn hired former OC Gus Malzahn, so they're clearly intent on going back to their spread offense/pay the hell out of our QB ways that led them to a national title with sCam Newton.  The only job left now is Tennessee, and if I had to guess I'd bet Charlie Strong heads that way pretty soon.

Finally, there could be potentially good (or bad) recruiting news coming within the next couple of days as well.  With all due respect for those pay sites out there, that's all I'll say on the topic until info either does or does not become public.  It's already been a great week for TCU, and it could possibly get better.  Stay tuned...

Frogs in the NFL - Week 13

Andy Dalton - QB Bengals - Defeated the Chargers 20-13 - Dalton was solid outside of an ugly pick 6 Sunday, as he threw for 211 yards and a touchdown on 25/39 passing. Not spectacular, but an important win for Cincy as they try and keep pace in the Wild Card race.

Jeremy Kerley - WR Jets - Beat the Cardinals 7-6 - The Sanchize was finally benched for... Greg McElroy? The former Bama QB started the second half and immediately led NY to the winning score. Kerley had 3 catches for 37 yards and 2 punt returns for 17 yards.

David Hawthorne - LB Saints - lost to Atlanta 23-13 - So coaching does matter in the NFL apparently.  Hawthorne had three tackles in the loss.

Jerry Hughes - LB Colts - Defeated the Lions 35-33 - Hughes had two tackles as Andrew Luck let Indy on a furious comeback late and threw the game winning TD as time expired. The surprising Colts have 8 wins and a shot at the playoffs.

Marcus Cannon - OT Patriots - Defeated the Dolphins 23-16-  Brady was sacked 4 times as the NE offense was somewhat pedestrian, but good enough to win on the road.

Colin Jones - S Panthers- Lost to KC 27-21 - no stats.

Jason Phillips - LB Panthers Lost to KC 27-21 - Phillips had 3 tackles in the loss, as the Chiefs rallied together after the devastating events that occurred the day before to defeat the Panthers.

Clint Gresham - LS Seahawks - Defeated the Bears 23-17- I still can't figure the 'Hawks out, but nice win on the road in Chicago.

Tank Carder - LB Browns - beat Oakland 20-17 - Tank had a tackle in the win and apparently didn't say anything dumb on Twitter this week, so that's a successful week I guess!

Daryl Washington - LB Cardinals - lost to the Jets 7-6 - Hawthorne had nine tackles in the loss, but Arizona can no longer score apparently, and he and his defense might be in for a rough couple of weeks. Washington has already eclipsed the 100 tackle mark on the season.

Marshall Newhouse - OT Packers - Defeated the Vikings 23-14 - The Pack got back in the win column and the o-line performed much better, as Rodgers was only sacked twice for -3 yards and GB rushed for 152 yards.