You just made your Saturday plans, as the Frogs and Sooners will play two tomorrow to try and avoid the impending weather. Dalton Horton will get the morning start, with Brian Howard returning to the rotation this afternoon.
Schedule update: Due to projected bad weather, TCU and Oklahoma will play a doubleheader starting at 11 a.m. pic.twitter.com/Bg1ucb5VqC— TCU Baseball (@TCU_Baseball) April 16, 2016
It was Skoug with the big bat, but that shouldn't overshadow the work done by Luken Baker and Sean Wymer, two freshmen pitchers who dominated the Sooners lineup through nine innings of four-hit ball.
“It’s a big confidence boost for him,” Skoug said. “He’s still learning every time he goes out there. Anything he can pick up that helps him become a better pitcher has been great. It’s going to help us the next time he starts and in the future the next couple of years.”
This feels a little like it was written by somebody who looked at the season stats, but didn't watch a lot of games. The 2015 secondary struggled mightily with the deep ball, but improved week to week as young players became more familiar with the speed of the game and comfortable in the system. He does get one thing right though - Denzel Johnson is going to be a stud.
Johnson still provides a dynamic look at safety, capable of delivering a strike in pass rush and swooping in on a route back in coverage. He is the centerpiece of the secondary but the complimentary pieces are all around him to make TCU's pass defense one of the best in the country in 2016.
The Lions are an interesting destination for Doc, as they will be desperate for a receiver to help fill the massive shoes left by Calvin Johnson's abrupt retirement. Will he still be there at 16?
"The way he controls his speed, the way he's quick out of his break, the way he goes out and gets the football at any point on the field. Down the field, across the middle. He's tough. He's got great hand-eye coordination. He's the center fielder that tracks the ball to the warning track as good as anybody. So, to me, he's first round." -- ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr.
There are a couple of interesting notes in this article - for one, there are only seven scholarship seniors going into fall ball, which seems like so few after the massive class of 2016. Also, the motto going into the season is "Turn the Page", which seems so fitting with all of the new faces needing to contribute. Hicks is one of those, a fourth year junior who seems to have learned from Aaron Green and others before him.
"Knowing we have a pretty young squad, somebody has to step up and lead us. Not saying we don’t have any leaders, but I want to be that guy," Hicks said. "I want to help this team win football games. I know what it takes now to be successful here. I want to make sure this program stays on the right track."
It's no secret that Dixon was brought back to resurrect a program that has been in the depths of despair of late, but all involved believe he is the man to do just that.
But taking the TCU job never felt right for either TCU or Dixon until Trent Johnson was let go and Del Conte broached the subject to his old friend. It was an easy sell. Del Conte said Dixon was "the first and only name" to fill the vacancy.