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Midweek Musings: How Good Is B.J. Catalon?

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Frog fans got to know B.J. Catalon pretty well last season, but now, the nation knows who he is after a stellar game vs. LSU.

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I've been away more than I've liked recently, burying myself in seminary reading, and maybe some whiskey on the side, but now that I've figured out a good balance that allows me to get everything done, I'm back.

I don't know how many of ya'll attended the LSU game on Saturday, but I did, and as I sat there, grumpy for the majority of the game, one TCU player stood out to me above the rest.

B.J. Catalon.

Catalon led the Frogs with eight carries for 52 yards and a touchdown, while catching three passes for 22 yards, both good for third on the team. Not to mention he returned four kickoffs for 159 yards, including this one for 100 yards and a touchdown:

As a freshman, Catalon rushed for 582 yards, averaging 4.7 yards per carry, but get this: he never found the endzone (he did have one receiving touchdown last season).

One game into the 2013 season, he has a rushing touchdown and a kickoff return for a touchdown, and simply looked as fast, if not faster than, the LSU defense for the majority of the night. That's the key right there, he looked so fast. So. Fast. If he was able to pull away from the athletes LSU is putting on the field (as well as break out of tackles, for those of you who saw his touchdown run), he's certainly going to be able to do that against the majority of Big 12 defense.

I'm not here to say that B.J. Catalon should be the go-to back, and that Waymon James should ride the bench, not by any stretch of the imagination. James also had a decent game against LSU, and had a rushing touchdown in the 3rd quarter that kept TCU in the game until late.

However, as a sophomore, it's starting to look like Catalon has the ability to become a big name back in college football.

So, tell me, how good do you think Catalon is?