There's no clear front-runner in the race to take the first snap of 2016, but some interesting developments are occurring around the rest of the offense.
Quarterbacks Kenny Hill and Foster Sawyer are listed as even on the post-spring depth chart released by TCU on Tuesday, and two junior-college transfers are pushing for starting spots on defense.
Hill and Sawyer finished the spring taking reps with the first unit and will continue into the fall, coach Gary Patterson said after the spring scrimmage.
The Frogs have a lot of work to do to replace their stars, but there's no shortage of talent on either side of the ball for Gary Patterson's 2016 squad.
7. WR Deante Gray: Another key piece TCU was missing last season. Gray was a terrific big-play threat during the Big 12 title run in 2014, when he averaged 16 yards per catch and scored eight touchdowns. A knee injury cost him the entire 2015 season, but Gray got a medical redshirt and should impress again this fall.
The debate rages on between which Big XII wide receiver will be the better pro, but both will likely hear their name called in the first round at the end of the month.
Most mock drafts have Ole Miss' LaQuon Treadwell as the top wide receiver selected, but both Coleman and Doctson should jockey to earn a spot in the first half of the first round. Both have an excellent chance of being future stars in the NFL.
One of the most intriguing questions of the draft is not only where Boykin will be drafted, but what position he will be asked to play.
He racked up 7,476 passing yards, 1,319 rushing yards and 82 total touchdowns during his junior and senior years in lifting the Horned Frogs from the middle of the pack in the Big 12 to the thick of the national title conversation. However, with the 2016 NFL draft coming up, Boykin is facing pressure to make the move from quarterback to receiver.
Boykin, Doctson, and Listenbee are the biggest names missing on offense, but the most important questions might be about replacing the big bodies. The Frogs seem to have a solid plan in place.
The offensive line is also starting to come together. That starting five --Joseph Noteboom, Patrick Morris, Austin Schlottman, Matt Pryor andAviante Collins -- might stick all the way through fall camp. The Frogs' big concern, though, is going to be developing depth behind those guys.
Things did not go well for TCU in their return to Lupton field Tuesday night, as the pitching fell apart late and the offense was stymied by a good performance on the mound and defensively for the Patriots.
“Tonight we pitched just as bad as you can possibly pitch,” Schlossnagle said. “I know this sounds cliche, but you’re never as good or as bad as you think you are. I used to panic over one game. As Coach Parcells said, your record is who you are. So we’ll see at the end of the season what kind of team we have.”