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TCU News: Football Begins Spring Practice Friday

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TCU juggles pitching rotation for Houston three-day tournament | Fort Worth Star Telegram

All three weekend pitchers will get their second starts of the season in the Houston tournament, but none will pitch on the same day as last weekend.

Brian Howard (1-0) will start Friday against Louisiana Lafayette in the Horned Frogs’ opening game of the Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic, coach Jim Schlossnagle said.

Luken Baker (1-0) will start Saturday night against Rice, and Rex Hill (0-1) will go on Sunday against Houston.

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Baseball Set For First Road Tests |

The best part about this weekend is that all of the games will be televised. See below for how to watch. (In the DFW areal, ROOT Sports SW is a Fox Sports SW alternate channel.)

All nine games of the Shriner’s Hospital for Children College Classic will be televised on MLB Network in conjunction with ROOT Sports SW. Due to blackout restrictions, the broadcast on MLB Network will be unavailable in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and New Mexico. Fans in those areas will be able to find the game on ROOT Sports SW.


Five questions TCU Football may be asking in spring | Fort Worth Star Telegram

All of these questions are legitimate, but none are bigger than question No. 1.

1. Is Kenny Hill indeed the quarterback?

He looks like the best choice, just from a credentials standpoint. He has been a starter in the SEC and a big winner with big numbers at an elite high school in Texas, and he is the son of a pro athlete. But Patterson and quarterbacks coach Sonny Cumbie will look for the intangibles in the spring — can Hill command leadership, can he show a Boykin-like work ethic, what happens when adversity hits? So far, Hill, a Southlake Carroll grad, appears on track. If the Horned Frogs get the answers they are looking for, they will have taken a big step. But that won’t be all. Developing a backup quarterback, or two, is also a must.

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Spring primer: TCU Horned Frogs | ESPN

NIck Orr is one to watch as TCU football enters spring practice, per ESPN's Jake Trotter.

Defensive returner ready to take the next step: Nick Orr's versatility was invaluable last year, as he started all 13 games for the Frogs, rotating back and forth between safety and cornerback depending on where he was needed most due to injuries. With more stability surrounding him, Orr could be in for a big junior season.

Football Set to Begin Spring Practice |

The Frogs are 23-3 in their last two seasons, and 15-3 in Big 12 play during that same time span.

The TCU football team returns to the field Friday at 4 p.m. for the start of spring practice.

The Horned Frogs' 15 practices are set to conclude April 1 with a Spring Game. TCU will have four practices before taking a week off for Spring Break (March 7-11).

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After his TCU football career, 'freakishly strong' Jordan Moore is making big strides as an LSU hurdler | The Advocate

Moore could very well be the fasted hurdler in the nation, and he'll have a chance to prove it this weekend.

This weekend, Moore will be one of the favorites to take the 60 hurdles title with a seasonal best of 7.69 seconds — which has him tied for second in the nation and SEC after recording a best of 7.80 last season.

Five years later: Revisiting Andy Dalton's draft selection with Jay Gruden | ESPN

Other teams, like the Cleveland Browns, are trying to emulate the Bengals' success.

Gruden helped select Dalton, and from 2011-13, he coached him along with then-quarterbacks coach and now current Bengals offensive coordinator Ken Zampese. With veteran Carson Palmer on his way out, the Bengals were forced into starting Dalton right away. He's occupied that role ever since. In each of his five seasons, the Bengals have made it to the playoffs, although he didn't play in January's wild-card round loss to the Steelers after he broke his right thumb against them in a game the month before.