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TCU News: Five Frogs that Exceeded Expectations

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Texas, TCU atop the re-rankings of the Class of 2015 | ESPN

This class was originally ranked 7th in the Big 12 by ESPN. Now they're second.

The Horned Frogs had 15 true freshmen see action in 2015, with several becoming key parts of TCU’s 11-win season. Receiver KaVontae Turpin was the Big 12’s most explosive freshman, while others like linebacker Montrel Wilson and cornerback Julius Lewis proved to be playmakers when thrown into action.

Five TCU players who exceeded expectations in 2015 | Dallas Morning News

Nevermind that Kohlhausen's moment came in 2016, this is a decent list.

1. KaVontae Turpin / freshman wide receiver / 45 receptions for 649 yards and eight touchdowns; team-best 1,675 all-purpose yards -- "We didn't know what we were recruiting when we were recruiting Turpin," Gary Patterson said of the 5-foot-9, 152-pound dynamo, only after he had torched Texas to the tune of six catches for 138 yards and four scores in a 50-7 Horned Frogs win Oct. 3. Surely, Patterson and his staff know what they now have in Turpin. The native of Monroe, La., was second on the team with eight receiving touchdowns and added another via punt return, establishing himself as a viable weapon. Not bad for a true freshman.

Men's Basketball

TCU men fall to Texas Tech despite two big performances | Fort Worth Star Telegram

Chauncey Collins and Vladimir Brodziansky combined for 37 points in the loss. Collins said after the game that he thinks the Frogs are close to surprising some people.

“We’re getting there,” Collins said. “I feel like we’ve got a big up. Our up — nobody expects it. We just got to keep buying into Coach, what he has to say, because everything he says works. We just have to buy in, stay confident in our ability to fight back and in our ability to stay in control.”

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Breakout games from Brodziansky, Collins go to waste as Texas Tech outlasts TCU | Dallas Morning News

The Frogs were close, again, but couldn't come away with the win.

A late 9-0 run put TCU in position to snatch a win from Texas Tech in Fort Worth after it had played from behind for the majority of the game. But the Horned Frogs went cold in the waning moments and a two-point game at the 1:11 mark turned into a seven-point Tech win.

TCU Drops 76-69 Decision to Texas Tech |

Chauncey Collins scored 19 points in the loss.

Chauncey Collins was rock solid all night, leading the way with a game-high 19 points on 7-of-15 shooting. The sophomore, who also tallied five rebounds, did most of his damage from deep, scorching the Red Raiders for a 5-of-10 showing from behind the arc. His five made three's were a career-high.

Football Recruiting

TCU commit Dylan Thomas didn't let injury end his Paschal connection | Fort Worth Star Telegram

Thomas suffered a season-ending injury just four games into the football season, but his mental toughness and leadership have set him apart. This is a really good read.

“He can make you look like a genius coach even though the play may have broken down,” Miracle said. “It looks nothing like you drew up on the board, but he’s running 70 yards for a touchdown untouched. That’s all on him being a pure athlete. They don’t come around very often and he’s a special one.”

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