Mallet had five tackles for loss among his 18 stops on the year. He recorded a career-high seven tackles, including two for loss, in the double-overtime win at West Virginia.
Paul Dawson (6-2, 230, Jr.), who tied for the TCU lead with seven special teams tackles among 14 total stops last year, is pushing for a starting job.
Dawson was a wide receiver at Dallas Skyline High School before transferring to Trinity Valley Community College.
Converted safety Jonathan Anderson (6-3, 227, Jr.) is also competing for a starting job. A two-year letterman, Anderson recorded 28 stops last season. He started the opening three games at weak safety.
As a redshirt freshman in 2011, Anderson totaled 17 tackles in a win over BYU. It was the most stops by a Horned Frog in a game since 2004.
True freshmen Sammy Douglas (6-3, 195, Fr.) and Paul Whitmill (5-11, 220, Fr.) are also very much in the mix for playing time. Both were ranked among the top-five outside linebackers in the state of Texas as high school seniors last year.
Douglas was the Scout.com No. 3 outside linebacker in Texas and No. 28 in the nation while coming out of nearby Arlington High School. He was named the Star-Telegram's Super Team Defensive Player of the Year and a member of the Tarrant County Terrific 25.
Whitmill, from Bastrop, Texas, was the No. 5 outside linebacker in the state and No. 39 in the country.
Alex Adewunmi (6-1, 210, Sr.) adds depth to the linebacker position. He lettered in a special teams role last season.
BY THE NUMBERS:
1 - NFL teams (Buffalo Bills, 2006-10) TCU linebackers coach DeMontie Cross has coached with
3 - TCU record, held by former linebacker Tank Carder (2008-11), for career interception returns for touchdowns
5 - Former TCU players now NFL linebackers (Tank Carder, Cleveland Browns; David Hawthorne, Seattle Seahawks; Jerry Hughes, Buffalo Bills; Jason Phillips, Philadelphia Eagles; Daryl Washington, Arizona Cardinals)
77 - Career tackles by Jonathan Anderson to rank third among active Horned Frogs
168 - Tackles by Sammy Douglas as a senior at Arlington High School