"You’re either proving people wrong, or you’re proving people right," coach Gary Patterson said. "Last year, we had to try to prove people wrong, now we’ll have to try to prove people right."
Personally, I think the Frogs finish the regular season with an 11-1 record, but will ultimately be Big 12 Championship and earn a spot in the playoffs. A team will upset the Horned Frogs, but beating Baylor at the end of the year should earn them a conference title and a playoff berth.
"Anything they're willing to give (I want to learn). I'm soaking in as much information as possible and trying to be like a sponge to those guys," the quarterback said. "From Peyton Manning's three-step drop to the play action pass, I want to know it all. ... stuff like that is the main stuff you want to work with them."
"We had some young guys step up (in spring practice),'' Boykin said. "All of our freshman guys are here for the summer and they're working out with the older guys and they're starting to gel. It's starting to be like it was last year.''
The trio of Doctson, Listenbee and Gray would be enough for many teams, but the Frogs have a handful of other guys ready and able to contribute as well. Ty Slanina stepped his game up as a sophomore and will be on the field a bunch again after making 12 starts a year ago, while former Lincoln standout Emanuel Porter will look to do the same his sophomore season. Echols-Luper might be switching to defense, but he’s an effective playmaker and will have the ball in his hands at some point this season.
"You can always improve," Boykin said. "We weren’t perfect last year. If you feel like you’ve mastered everything, you’re wrong. I have plenty of places to improve — [such as] balls over the middle."
Athletes of the Year:
Big 12 Athlete of the Year candidates will be highlighted each day through July 17. Fans will then be able to vote for their male and female choices from July 17-22. Fan voting will be considered in the final tally for selecting this prestigious award.Today's featured candidates are TCU's Chelsea Prince and Preston Morrison.
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One has to admit TCU's schedule sets up nicely for a Big 12 run. The Horned Frogs are breaking in new defensive pieces and are set up to be better in November than September, but their two biggest Big 12 games don't come until late-November, when they travel to Norman, then welcome Baylor to Fort Worth.
Maybe this ends up helping TCU's title chances, but these rankings aren't intended to project or worry about schedules; they're just supposed to rank teams. And I have more faith in Baylor than in anybody else in this league.
No other player — Baylor’s Seth Russell is a high-level athlete, but is unproven — in the league possesses the ability to wreck defenses in multiple ways the way Boykin did. And the funny thing? Many didn’t even think he would win TCU’s quarterback job a year ago after a sophomore season that saw Boykin become the only player in the country with a game where he threw for 200 yards, a game where he rushed for 100 yards and a game where he had 100 receiving yards.
But, last season no one would have had Boykin near the top of their list, either. And while the Big 12 may not have a lot of star power now, it’s prime with breakout candidates like Mason Rudolph at Oklahoma State and, of course, Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes.
"We have about probably 15 guys that have started games for us," Holgorsen said during a Big 12 teleconference in the spring. "We're in a position defensively unlike any that I've been in five years here. That should mean improvement. That should mean the best defense."
@Jake_Trotter as a Frog fan who grew up in LBK, I'm curious if they'll keep us under 82 this time. How good can their D be with David Gibbs?
- I think it will be better. (It can't be worse.)