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TCU Football Countdown: 35 Days

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The most experienced returning linebacker for TCU is a junior linebacker out of Arlington, TX.

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Sammy Douglas was a highly decorated recruit out of Arlington High, and a big signing for Gary Patterson and the Frogs after their first year of Big 12 play. At 6'3" and 215, the rangy backer and three star recruit chose the Frogs over Arkansas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, and Kansas, and is an ideal fit in the 4-2-5. With sub 4.5 speed and good instincts, Douglas has a chance to step in an fill a Paul Dawson-like role for TCU this fall.

In 2014, Douglas appeared in all 13 games for the Frogs, tying for the team lead in special teams tackles with eight. He also had a sack against SMU - part of a seven tackle effort by the sophomore against the Ponies. Sammy got on the field as a freshman for ten games - mostly on special teams - but will have his first opportunity to start this year, and is leading the depth chart heading in to fall camp.

Rated the number three outside linebacker in Texas and 28th nationally, Douglas was also recognized as the state's best linebacker by the esteemed Dave Campbell. His efforts as a senior (168 tackles, including a ridiculous 29 tackle game against Bowie) led to all state, all district, and defensive player of the year honors. Having gained significant weight and grown a couple inches since enrolling, this is a critical year for the junior. His development and game impact will go a long way towards determining just how good the defense is - and thus, just how far this team can go.

Good luck to Sammy and get some Gophers 35 days from now!