Camron Williams and Lucas Niang help to give TCU the top recruiting class in the Big 12 to this point. Williams spoke out a bit on why he chose TCU.
“Coach (Rusty) Burns and Coach (Zarnell) Fitch,” Williams said of the coaches who made an impact with him. “Both of these guys were very honest and upfront with me and I believe they genuinely want to see me succeed in every area of life.”
While the Big 12 has opened new doors for the Frogs, they haven't forgotten what kind of players got them to this point. The overlooked, chip-on-their-shoulder guys who are willing to outwork everyone else.
Even with a move up into the Power 5 stratosphere, TCU hasn’t forgotten its roots and remains committed to pursuing players it wants, regardless of outside perceptions. From there, TCU is one of the Big 12's best at developing those players to fit their system and exceed expectations. The combination of landing more high-profile signees while continuing to unearth hidden gems could prove lethal as TCU pursues another Big 12 title.
Felts sat down with the Tennessee SBN blog to chat about Saturday's game between the Frogs and the Vols.
One of the best named blogs on the network is TCU's Frogs O' War, and Andrew Felts was good enough to trade questions and answers with us before Saturday's SEC/Big 12 match-up between the Vols and Horned Frogs in Fort Worth.
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Fans not able to attend the contest against the Volunteers can follow it live on the ESPN2 with Mark Neely (Play-By-Play) and Brandon Manzer (Color) calling the action live.
Saturday's game is also available on the radio airwaves via KTCU, 570 AM KLIF, FrogVision, SiriusXM (81/81) or TuneIn Radio.
Mitchell Traver sits atop a rotation and pitching staff that looks entirely different than it did a year ago.
TCU opens practice Friday with only six pitchers on an 18-man staff who were there a year ago. Five of last season’s top arms were drafted, including TCU’s second-leading all-time winner (Preston Morrison) and career saves leader (Riley Ferrell).
In their place are 10 freshmen, two junior transfers and five other veterans besides Traver. They’re all charged with keeping TCU’s reputation for being one of the best pitching teams in the country.
Is a fourth CWS appearance possible for this young squad? With Schloss at the helm, yes.
Under the guidance of 13th year head coach Jim Schlossnagle, TCU has made back-to-back College World Series appearances. He has guided TCU to a 516-236 record over the last 12 seasons. The Frogs have appeared in 11 NCAA Regionals, five NCAA Super Regionals and three College World Series.
Schloss is taking this new talent as an opportunity to try some new things.
“Pure skill-wise, we have a chance to be a lot more physical because Wanhanen and Skoug are a year older,” Schlossnagle said. “You throw Luken Baker into the mix, and this freshman Josh Watson and another freshman named Ryan Johnson, who’s going to play a lot. Those guys, they’re a different profile of players than what we’ve maybe had in the past.”
Brown had surgery to repair a broken hand last week, and could be out for up to six weeks. That would push him well past opening day.
Brown, who hit .302 a year ago and started all 65 games, is expected to be the leadoff hitter. He will play in center field this year. Last season, he played all 65 games in right and had two errors for a .984 fielding percentage.
The Alamo Bowl hero has opportunities to play overseas.
Kohlhausen, who led TCU to one of the greatest comebacks in Bowl history, said he hopes to play overseas after he graduates in May. While he said playing in Europe is a possibility, general managers in Japan have also made him offers to play.