It's something a lot of people have been calling for. Really a shame that someone had to pass away for people to take note.
I told him I would do this, so Scott, this is for you: The next time TCU has a player good enough to make a run at the Heisman Trophy, treat him like he is LaDainian Tomlinson, and take nothing for granted. TCU is in the Big 12 and can play with the biggest, but it can’t stop selling or hustling.
The Frogs have a distinct advantage with Patterson on their sideline.
Coaching edge: Gary Patterson and Mark Helfrich are two of the game’s more respected coaches, but it’s hard to look past the fact this 2015 team and season might be Patterson’s most impressive coaching job yet. TCU lost at least seven starters to season-ending injuries, saw more than 20 key contributors miss time with injuries and ended up having to use a total of 30 freshmen, second-most in FBS. Biletnikoff Award finalist Josh Doctson was hurt for the Frogs’ biggest games of the year, and Boykin couldn’t play against Oklahoma. And yet, they still finished 10-2. No knock on Helfrich here, but the degree of difficulty was certainly much higher for Patterson and his coaches.
Hopefully Doc can get well in time to play.
Doctson is having pins removed from his broken left arm, and the Horned Frogs will have a much better idea about his availability in the next few days.
Simmons is the fifth JuCo commit TCU has picked up in the past week. Meanwhile, Nebraska seems to be struggling on the recruiting trail.
Simmons is the second top JUCO target who has spurned the Huskers in the last two weeks. Northeastern Oklahoma A&M's Maurice Chandler picked Arizona State over Nebraska.
Stephen Sullivan was once committed to LSU, but now it appears TCU could be the frontrunner.
Per 247Sports.com’s Crystal Ball predictions, however, an overwhelming majority of votes peg Sullivan as a favorite to sign with TCU, where offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie has been his primary recruiter.
They've got a lot of work to do, and they can't overlook the rest of their non-conference schedule.
“That responsibility in the next two, three weeks lies on me to get these guys ready, so I’m looking forward to it,” Johnson said. “After we get through Bradley and Delaware State, I really am looking forward to it. Just because we’ve got an ability to score the ball, we’ve got an ability to really take care of the ball – it just has to be done by committee.”