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Tuesday Links O' War: April 21, 2015

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TCU baseball takes on Incarnate Word tonight, and TCU football released their spring depth chart yesterday.

Football

TCU releases post-spring depth chart with true freshman in starting lineup | Dallas Morning News

The Horned Frogs’ post-spring depth chart lists true freshman Mike Freeze as the starter at middle linebacker in TCU’s two-linebacker system. His partner is currently listed as junior Sammy Douglas.

First look: TCU's post-spring depth chart | Fort Worth Star Telegram

Freshman Mike Freeze (from Graham) is listed on the post-spring depth chart as the No. 1 middle linebacker with junior Sammy Douglas at strong side linebacker.

TCU's Paul Dawson says off-field issues are behind him | Kansas City Star

Prior to the combine, Dawson, a super-productive and instinctive inside linebacker for Texas Christian, wrote a draft diary for USA Today in which he addressed the myriad issues he believed teams would have with him, despite a senior campaign in which he racked up 136 tackles and was named the Big 12’s Defensive Player of the Year.

TCU NFL draft profile: Paul Dawson will make a team very happy in round 2 | Dallas Morning News

The talent is there for the 2014 Big 12 defensive player of the year, and it could get better with time. Dawson is still only a few years into playing linebacker after switching taking up the position at Trinity Valley Community College after years as a wide receiver at Skyline. Dawson will be high on many draft boards, but according to NFL.com, some scouts are worried about character issues and his “commitment to the process.” He struggled at the NFL combine, but answered some doubters with a strong performance at TCU’s pro day.

TCU NFL draft profile: Will early jump to pros pay off for Chris Hackett? | Dallas Morning News

Hackett may have benefited from staying for his senior season, but he’ll likely capitalize on a strong 2014 in which he led the Big 12 in interception and was named all-conference. He is a solid safety with great ball skills, but doesn’t necessarily have the speed needed to be a top pick.

Is former A&M QB Kenny Hill still headed to TCU? | Austin American-Statesman

On Sunday, a report in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram said Hill still plans to be a Horned Frog. The story, quoting unnamed sources, said the transfer still will happen. Hill will sit out the fall because of NCAA  transfer rules as Heisman hopeful Trevone Boykin finishes his career at TCU.

Kindred Named to Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List | GoFrogs.com

Kindred received All-Big 12 accolades last season when he placed third on the Horned Frogs with 80 tackles, including 4 1/2 for loss. He tied for second with four interceptions, including a 44-yard return for a touchdown against Iowa State. The senior from San Antonio had two fumble recoveries while also forcing a fumble. Kindred had a career-high 12 tackles, including 10 solo stops, in a win at West Virginia.

Baseball

TCU Welcomes Incarnate Word Tuesday Night | GoFrogs.com

TCU's seven-game homestand continues Tuesday night when the Horned Frogs play host to Incarnate Word. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.

TCU baseball set up for success by do-it-all pitcher Trey Teakell | Fort Worth Star Telegram

Everybody on the TCU baseball team agrees.

“Nobody hates on Teakell,” pitcher Alex Young said.

Nope. Not when he’s a nice guy, as Trey Teakell is, but also a very valuable guy — the setup man for the fourth-ranked Horned Frogs and their star closer, Riley Ferrell.

Around the Big 12

Why Big 12 student-athletes say schools don't exploit them at forum for future of collegiate athletics | Dallas Morning News

The forum took place as the NCAA faces court challenges that could force universities to treat players as employees. Many are calling for an overhaul of recruiting and related rules. And the full implications of the newly acquired autonomy for the “power five” conferences, including the Big 12, are still unfolding.