Leading it all is Gary Patterson, who missed a bowl game for just the second time in his head-coaching career last season. He is behind only Bob Stoops for best record among active Big 12 coaches, and his 120-44 record is seventh best among active coaches nationwide with a minimum of five years.
That fast pace that has characterized this fall camp, which stood out to coach Gary Patterson as he looked back on the past two and a half weeks.
“The thing I’ve really liked — I’ve really enjoyed the tempo,” he said. I’ve liked the way they’ve practiced hard together.”
After four straight seasons of 11 wins or more, including a 13-0 season in 2010, stumbling to 7-6 and then 4-8 after changing conferences looks awful.
TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin has been named to the preseason watch list for the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award. It is presented to the nation’s most outstanding offensive player who was either born in Texas, graduated from a state high school or plays at a Texas university.
Sam Carter is one of the Big 12's top defenders. The TCU safety has started 25 straight games and has earned second-team All-Big 12 honors twice for the Horned Frogs heading into his senior season. One of the leaders on Gary Patterson's defense, Carter took some time during Big 12 media days to chat about last season, the Horned Frogs' defense and Kevin White trying to fill the void left by Jason Verrett.
Jaden Oberkrom (6-3, 187, Jr.) and Ethan Perry (6-4, 230, Jr.) return for their third season as the Horned Frogs' placekicker and punter, respectively. In the return game, B.J. Catalon (5-9, 190, Jr.) and Cameron Echols-Luper (6-0, 190, So.) both ranked among the national leaders while earning postseason honors.
This week’s edition comes from New Orleans, where I’m gathered with my Big 12 counterparts for meetings regarding the upcoming Champions Bowl and discussion of some of the current hot topics in the NCAA.