Listening to the recording of Gary Patterson's press conference on signing day, I was struck by how eventful 2012 must have been for the 17 true freshmen who played at TCU. They signed in February, endured a mammoth drug scandal at the school, found themselves suddenly competing for starting spots, and then hanging on through dear life as the team was rocked by losses, injuries, youth, and the usual knocks that occur in an inaugural campaign in a new conference.
There were good times-- don't get me wrong-- with the new stadium, the wins on the road, and all that.
But it was not the good times that we expected. When Gary Patterson talks about how small the senior class is, and also the next one, remember that it's not because TCU took small recruiting classes four, five, or six years ago. It's because the team has shed players for all kinds of reasons, and shed them at an alarming rate.
Here's to a boring off season, and to some stability on the roster again.
And to a lot fewer true freshmen making names for themselves in 2013.