I hopped on a podcast with Pete Mundo of Heartland College Sports and CBS Radio to chat about the Frogs 2015 season.
Pete is joined by Jamie Plunkett, the managing editor for the popular TCU Horned Frogs fan site, Frogs O’ War, an extension of SB Nation. We ask Jamie about how TCU will fill some holes on defense, where he thinks they will finish in the Big 12 standings, plus much more!
A lot of pressure is on Kindred this season, as the only starting safety returning from a season ago.
Kindred’s experience as the secondary’s only returning starter will be critical in the Horned Frogs’ hopes to make the College Football Playoff. The former Wagner star’s development as a leader comes as TCU tries to hold up against the Big 12’s aerial attacks.
Really good piece about the career arcs of Briles and Patterson. They're pretty similar.
At first glance, Baylor's Art Briles and TCU's Gary Patterson seem to be a study in contrasts. Patterson is a defensive genius; Briles, an offensive guru. Briles quips maxims with a Texas twang; Patterson can easily delve into a rapid soliloquy.
The Gophers' defensive coordinator is staying positive when it comes to trying to stop TCU's offense.
"I feel more comfortable this year just because we’re older, we’ve been in that situation," Claeys said. "So that’s all I’ll tell them is, "'You’ve got to be sharp and ready to go. If you’re not, it’s going to be a heck of a long night. But if we are, if we’re sharp and on our game, I expect us to have a chance to win in the fourth quarter."
He'll be receiving a lifetime achievement award.
Former TCU and NFL great LaDainian Tomlinson will be honored at the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award Gala on Nov. 12 at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel.
Hunt anchors an experienced line.
Hunt, who arrived at TCU as a defensive tackle, earned All-Big 12 honors in 2014. The El Campo, Texas, native appears on preseason watch lists for the Outland Trophy, Rimington Trophy and Wuerffel Trophy. The 2015 Preseason All-Big 12 pick is also a nominee for the AFCA Good Works Team.
The Frogs will be on ESPN a lot this season.
The Horned Frogs, who return three out of their five starters from a year ago, will have 17 of their 18 league contests broadcast on the ESPN family of networks, while one other will be made available on a third-tier outlet. The squad will play 14 league games against teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament last season, including seven in Fort Worth.
Boesen picked TCU over Baylor, Missouri, Oregon State, Iowa State, Louisville, etc. He was formerly a member of Boise State's squad. He wound up at junior college once he ran into some trouble with the law.
In his second year on campus, Boesen was suspended after pleading guilty to a charge of inattentive or careless driving stemming from a July arrest, according to court records. A second charge, for resisting or obstructing officers, was dismissed at the same hearing.
Pretty sweet thing to get in the mail.
TCU commit Trayveon Williams opened his mailbox this week to find one of the more unique pieces of recruiting mail he has received. The ESPN 300 running back out of Texas was sent a replica NCAA video game cover with his picture on it as well as a sticker to go over an existing video game disc.
The former TCU wide receiver has turned heads in a big way during his short stint with the Dallas Cowboys, and appears to be forcing his way into the conversation to remain on the 53-man roster. Jason Garrett has a lot to say about his preparedness.
“A lot of guys are on the street right now,” Garrett said. “And when they get an opportunity, they get a phone call late at night and say, ‘Hey can you be in Oxnard, California, tomorrow for an 11:30 workout?’ and the guy says that I have these aspirations, I have these dreams to do this. But he’s not really ready for that opportunity. David clearly was and he came in and he worked out real well and integrated himself into a football practice in the NFL really quickly and has done some good things in his short stay so far.”
Arrieta is garnering Cy Young attention this season for the Cubs. Pretty great.
About the only disagreeable part of Arrieta’s outing Thursday was the fact he was pulled after six innings at 107 pitches – part of manager Joe Maddon’s ongoing effort to monitor his workload as he reaches uncharted territory in innings pitched (career high 168 so far).