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The Frogs’ QB, injured on the last play of the regular season, is back ‘running around’.

Football:

Kenny Hill returns to practice for Liberty Bowl, Gary Patterson says | The star-Telegram

Will Hill be the starter when the Frogs take the field for their final game of the 2016 season? Well, it doesn’t sound like anyone is in danger of taking his place.

Asked to elaborate on how good the backup quarterbacks had looked, Patterson said, “I didn’t say they were looking good. I said the young guys are getting reps. There’s a difference.”

Why one of the nation’s top QB recruits wanted to play for TCU | The Star-Telegram

There is so much excitement around Shawn Robinson, who turned down blue blood programs such as Ohio State and USC to stay close to home and play for the Frogs. His relationship with the coaching staff, especially co-OC/QB coach Sonny Cumbie, seemed to ultimately make the difference.

“I tried my hardest not to go to TCU,” Robinson said with a smile during an interview in the DeSoto High School football offices two weeks ago. “I wanted to go far away from home. But they recruited me so hard. I just couldn’t turn them down. My family can come see me play.

“Coach Cumbie was the real deal. I could tell he genuinely believed in me. I trust that he’ll develop me into a passer, just get all the potential out of me. So I’m going to try to learn everything, all his secrets, to be the best I can be. It was a win-win.”

Liberty Bowl breakdown: What to expect when TCU, Georgia clash | Sports Day

The key to beating Georgia is stopping the run and pressuring their freshman QB. GP should pull out all the stops on defense to do just that.

Bring the house. Gary Patterson isn't afraid to play aggressively on defense, and that aggression would work well against Georgia. Blitzing often will help stop Chubb from breaking through and force Eason to throw under pressure.

TCU’s Patterson says he knew players would start skipping bowls | The Star-Telegram

Patterson has always been honest with players that want to leave early for the draft, and judging by the results, he’s generally right. And you can always tell how he feels based on what he says. This is no different.

“I’m not going to be to blame,” he said. “I’m going to be the coach. I’m going to give them what I think. I’ll do my due diligence, I’ll ask the NFL guys, find out what they really think, not what the scouts say, not what the third-party runners say, not what all the other people say. I’ll ask the people that actually count, and I’ll give them what I know.”

101. TCU rallies to beat Oregon 47–41 in 3OT |Sports Illustrated

In remembering the best sports moments of 2016, you certainly cannot forget the Alamo (Bowl).

...the Oregon Ducks suffered a stunning collapse in the Alamo Bowl, falling 47-41 to TCU. The Horned Frogs, playing without two All-Americas (one lost to injury, one suspended for his arrest the day before the game), scored on all nine of their second-half possessions, then hung on in triple overtime to complete the biggest comeback in college football bowl history. TCU quarterback Bram Kohlhausen, who filled in for suspended star Trevone Boykin, passed for 351 yards and accounted for four total touchdowns, including the game winner, a rushing score in the third overtime.

Man shot over stepping on another man’s foot in club, family says | ABC Eyewitness News

A truly sad story involving TCU alum, and former football player, Untorio Jones.

"He taught me everything I needed to know about being a man," Quintin Winzer said. "He was a football player at TCU, and he loved to teach kids. He lived life to the fullest."

Basketball:

TCU seeks more improvement vs Bradley before starting Big 12 play | The Star-Telegram

The Frogs are hoping to finish their non-conference slate with just a single blemish, and get in sync before opening conference play against one of the country’s top teams.

In his team’s final tune-up, coach Jamie Dixon will be looking for continued improvement in every facet, particularly shooting the ball better and understanding the team’s offensive sets, as well as rebounding better on defense.

Preview: Bradley at TCU | Channel3000.com

TCU needs to get Desmond Bane cooking.

The Horned Frogs have a solid big man to keep the defense honest in 6-11 forward Vladimir Brodziansky, who averages 11 points while shooting 61.8 percent from the field. The best rebounder on the team, however, continues to be 6-7 wing Kenrich Williams, whose 10.2 rebounds a game ranked third in the nation at the start of the week among all non-centers and forwards. Desmond Bane scored 62 points as a high school senior last February and averaged 15 points through the first three games this season, but he has since struggled with consistency, scoring two points or fewer in three of the last eight games.

TCU women rout winless Alcorn State in final non-conference game | The Star-Telegram

The numbers from this game were ridiculous, especially when you consider two starters were held out for rest.

“As players get extended minutes and build that confidence, I think you see performances like you saw from [Akomolafe] today,” Pebley said. “Our team has defninitely grown over the last week and a half.”