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Monday Morning Quarterback: Next Man Up

It seems there will be a running theme this season, "Next man up."

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TCU's offense found its footing against an outmatched SFA squad on Saturday, racking up over 600 yards of offense, with nine different Frogs scoring a touchdown. Defensively the guys held it together as they watched another starter, Kenny Iloka, go down for the season after colliding with a Lumberjack player on a kickoff.

The Good

Denzel Johnson is the real deal. Johnson has nine tackles in the first two games, with a tackle for loss, an interception (which he returned for a touchdown) and two passes defended. His pick six against SFA on Saturday was his first INT of his career, so he was pretty happy about it afterwards.

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Boykin threw for four touchdowns on offense, and he's now accumulated 531 passing yards, 98 rushing yards, and six total touchdowns through two games. He's completing passes at a 63.7% clip, a tick up from last season, and if he can start hitting those wide open receivers (which he will) that he's missed in the first few games, those numbers will continue to improve.

The Bad

Kenny Iloka's season-ending knee injury is the main headline here, as TCU is now down to just two starters on defense from a season ago. TCU also gave up 146 rushing yards, most of which came on a 75 yard touchdown run by Loren Easly early in the fourth quarter. Sure, the backups were in at that point, but these guys will probably see some significant playing time down the road, and they can't go out there and allow teams like SFA to run the ball well. It doesn't bode well for the rest of the season.

The Redshirt Situation

Patterson said something interesting in his post game press conference, and that was that with all of the injured players redshirting, or with the potential to redshirt, this season, they may have to be careful with how many scholarships they dole out to 2016 players. This statement was at least partially facetious, but there's certainly some truth there too.

The Frogs currently have 15 commits for the 2016 class, and 27 outgoing seniors (about 24 of which are scholarship players). Kenny Iloka, James McFarland and Deante' Gray all have redshirts available. If Davion Pierson has to sit out for the season, he could probably get a medical redshirt. Now, Gray should be back at some point, as should Pierson. But if Iloka and McFarland both need to redshirt, that gives the Frogs about 10 scholarship spots to work with. Say Gray and Pierson do need to redshirt, and that number drops to 8.

There always seems to be more than enough wiggle room, but Patterson's comments on Saturday evening point to the possibility of things becoming too close for comfort. It's not a bad situation yet, but it's inching closer to becoming one.

The Next Opponent: SMU

SMU comes in to Fort Worth on Saturday night with a win under its belt, after a 31-13 win over North Texas. Junior QB Matt Davis accumulated 296 total yards on offense (171 passing, 125 rushing) and four touchdowns (2 passing, 2 rushing). The dual threat QB is completing 70.2% of his passes on the season, and has looked incredibly comfortable under new head coach Chad Morris.

The TCU secondary has been very solid in the first two contests, but this will be the biggest test to date for the battered and young defense.