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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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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.