Hallelujah, we made it. We have survived the summer down time and now we are rewarded with sweet, sweet football. However, before jumping into all things Samford, we'd be remiss if we didn't look back on this offseason for just a moment.
New faces on the sidelines will hopefully lead to new outcomes on offense, after Patterson demoted/fired co-Offensive Coordinators Rusty Burns and Jarrett Anderson in favor of Doug Meacham and Sonnie Cumbie. Couple this new scheme with a new quarterback in Texas A&M transfer Matt Joeckel, and you have a recipe for success.
Don't count out Trevone Boykin though, who lost a ton of weight this offseason and according to reports looks like a totally different player in this new system.
Meanwhile, TCU saw another former Frog get taken in the first round of the NFL Draft, when Jason Verrett was selected by the San Diego Chargers. Replacing him will be hard, but that comes with the territory of having elite talent on your roster.
The 2014 recruiting class was headlined by some studs, including running back Shaun Nixon, a late flip from Texas A&M, and wide receiver Emanuel Porter, a Frog, then Horn, the Frog flip flop that wound up picking the good guys. Nixon will sit out this season after tearing his ACL last week, while Porter has, by all accounts, probably earned some playing time with the way he performed in fall camp.
Where to begin? LaDarius Brown? Devonte Fields? Jon Lewis walking away? Tyler Matthews transferring? Or Jermain Antoine transferring? Maybe we should talk about offensive line coach Eddie Williamson retiring, leading to Jarrett Anderson sticking around on staff.
All in all, drugs are bad, sometimes people don't like being told they aren't going to start so they bail out, and Anderson lives to coach another day.
It's year three in the Big 12, which means it's time to see some results. Do the Frogs have what it takes?
We'll find out soon enough.