It’s been a rough year for the major programs in the most football-crazed state in the country. But shout out to Mary Hardin-Baylor, your DIII champs!
Only six of this year’s 80 bowl participants are from Texas and none is ranked in the Associated Press’ Top 25 poll. Depending on bowl results, it is possible that only two of the state’s 12 major-college football programs will finish with winning records this season.
Houston (9-3) and Texas A&M (8-4) are the only schools guaranteed to finish above .500. Three others could post winning records with bowl victories: TCU (6-6), Baylor (6-6) and UTSA (6-6).
It’s not going to get the attention of some of the other junior college signings of the past week, but the 6’3” Ahrendt set state records in Iowa for receptions in high school, and had a decent year for Iowa Western after transferring from Dayton.
Ahrendt played in 11 games last season for Iowa Western Community College and the wide receiver had 243 yards receiving and three touchdowns.
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For TCU, it all comes down to Kenny Hill. If Hill is on target early, it’s a good indicator that he could have a big day. If he’s not, the Horned Frogs will struggle. This game is a pick’em, and I’ll take the more experienced QB, but in reality it’s a coin flip.
It’s been a bit lost, in the resurgence of TCU Basketball and the hype around Jamie Dixon, but the four senior holdovers have completely bought in, regardless of the role they are asked to play. The quartet of Parrish, Williams, Shepherd, and Washburn have been unsung heroes on and off the court for Jamie Dixon and the Frogs.
The other seniors have expressed similar sentiments. Shepherd, who has averaged 5.8 points and 3.1 rebounds per contest, praised Dixon for his efforts in making sure the seniors were not forgotten during a season marked by the emergence of three impact newcomers at the guard spots: freshman Jaylen Fisher (11.4 points, 4.1 assists per game), freshman Desmond Bane (8.6 average) and sophomore Alex Robinson (11.1 points, 5.7 assists), a transfer from Texas A&M and a Mansfield Timberview graduate.
“He’s not pushing us off like some other coaches would have done,” Shepherd said. “What he’s done just builds confidence in us and makes us want to play even harder for him. Obviously, he wants us to show our leadership with the younger guys.”