With all the weapons coming back, 2016 could be a special season for the Horned Frogs.
That all works in the Frogs’ favor. Plus, there is what 247Sports rates as the second-best recruiting class in the Big 12, along with the coaching reputation of Gary Patterson and his staff, which retained Air Raid architects Doug Meacham and Sonny Cumbie.
The Frogs ought to look like contenders again. Here are six factors to think about for 2016:
He's a seriously good guy.
That he's named after Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula is pretty cool. But it's not what makes TCU career backup quarterback Bram Kohlhausen maybe the coolest dude on campus. This is: The unsuspecting hero of the Alamo Bowl says he would swap his one shining moment to have been able to save Trevone Boykin from his current legal mess.
I think this number is low. Pretty sure Meach got a big bump.
Texas State is seeking a replacement for Dennis Franchione, who retired two weeks ago. Franchione earned $427,000 last year. Sources said Meacham is earning at least $500,000 at TCU.
Both TCU OCs have now turned down the "premier" schools in Texas.
Meacham is coming off a highly successful two-year run in Fort Worth. He would've fit A&M coach Kevin Sumlin's pattern of hiring offensive coordinators who have worked with Dana Holgorsen, which Meacham did while an assistant at Oklahoma State. Holgorsen initially installed the Air Raid for Sumlin at the University of Houston.
The kid is c/o 2018, but he's already a stud. The Frogs got in early, as they're his first offer.
Marshall is 6-foot-2 and weighs 170 pounds. He caught 53 passes for 1,348 yards and 14 touchdowns as a sophomore.
This is a tough loss for TCU, who held a 14-point lead in the 4th quarter.
TCU (10-4, 2-1 Big 12) led for the first 34 minutes of the game, but in the course of an 18-1 Sooners run in the fourth quarter, Oklahoma took its first lead, which it held for the final 3:06.
TCU falls to 10-4, 2-1 in conference.
TCU led by as many as 14 points in the third quarter but a big run by Oklahoma in the fourth quarter helped the 17th-ranked Sooner leave Fort Worth with a 78-65 win over TCU on Wednesday night.