So many focus on the QB, but there is a lot of talent to replace along the offensive trenches as well. Many of the young guns got plenty of experience in 2015, and they are a very large group, so they should be able to make an impact in short order.
Holes need to be filled on the offensive line. Four regulars graduated and are in pursuit of employment in the NFL -- Halapoulivaati Vaitai, Brady Foltz, Joey Hunt and Jamelle Naff. Fortunately, TCU still has a trio of juniors who got a ton of experience last year in the form of Matt Pryor, Austin Schlottman and Joseph Noteboom. It is important for them to continue their development as TCU will likely need to rely on some younger players to replace the graduated seniors.
The Frogs come in at #15 in these rankings, trailing #13 Baylor and sixth ranked OU. Both the Frogs and Bears have questions at the quarterback position, but return enough talent to be dangerous.
To the surprise of absolutely nobody, defending national champion Alabama is No. 1. The other schools in the top 10 in order after the Crimson Tide included Ohio State, Florida State, Clemson, Michigan, LSU and Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Stanford and Oregon.
He seems to have made quite the impact in his short time in Fort Worth, and with the question mark at QB, his role on the staff can't be understated.
After just a few months wearing Horned Frogs purple, it appears Walsh has created a favorable impression on those inside the program. Patterson said Walsh has all the qualities of a coach's son, that he "fits in" and has done "a good job."
"I think it's better for us, both of them, to work through, to see who takes the leadership through the summer months, to grow up," Patterson said. "That's what we did two years ago when we put this offense in with Trevone [Boykin], all the way up to about a week before the first game. I don't see that changing much in this situation."
It's not just TCU that has some big questions to answer heading into a season ripe with promise - and pressure - for a conference in flux.
TCU, which held on to both its popular offensive co-coordinators in the offseason, is attempting to replace team icons in quarterback Trevone Boykin and receiver Josh Doctson. Curious about who might start at quarterback? Coach Gary Patterson is not going to tell you.
While the article mentions there are only three returning starters on offense, that neglects to take into account guys returning from injury who didn't play much, or at all, in 2015.
There are only three starters returning on offense and just one on the offensive line, so the summer months will be crucial as the quarterbacks try to improve timing with receivers. Boykin asserted himself in May, June and July of 2014.
You have to get through a lot of Briles stuff before you hear about TCU, but it's worth noting just how much success TCU players have had at the professional level. The 'blue-bloods' get the attention, but GP and co are developing NFL talent at almost as impressive a clip.
For its part, TCU has had 36 players drafted in coach Gary Patterson’s 15 seasons in Fort Worth, and ESPN once rated TCU under Patterson the top program for developing NFL talent. Doctson is considered the cream of this year’s Horned Frogs crop after earning consensus All-America honors.
In a very early conference ranking, they have TCU fourth, behind Oklahoma, Baylor, and OSU. With Boykin, Doctson, Green, and others departed, it's not unfair. Plus, we have seen this program prefers to be underrated.
The Horned Frogs have a battle between Texas A&M transfer Kenny Hill (remember him?) and sophomore Foster Sawyer. It’s the second time in three years a competition will carry into TCU’s fall camp.
The California pitcher, who stands 6'6" and weighs a slight 180 pounds, may remind Frog fans of some of the recent starters to come through the program. But he is an intriguing prospect for the big leagues, with good speed on his fastball and a wicked breaking pitch, so TCU will have to wait and see if he makes it to Fort Worth.
“It’s a great program. Love the coaches. Obviously, their history and everything they’ve got going on right now. They’re winning and in it every single year. I liked it. I really liked the school. It was just a perfect fit for me.”
If you missed this yesterday, it's well worth the time. Dixon discusses his road to, and back to, TCU - and just why the University is so special to him.
Many years ago, this university offered me an opportunity that changed my life. Now, I couldn’t be more excited and honored that TCU has put its faith in me once again. It feels so good to be home.
In a move that's been talked about for weeks, but is only now official, Jamie Dixon has brought the man that brought Ben Simmons to Baton Rouge to his bench in Fort Worth. Interestingly enough, he's another guy with extensive experience in Australia, as well as his ties to DFW.
TCU's new second-in-command grew up in Australia, which explains his success getting prospects from the southern hemisphere. But Patrick also has experience recruiting Dallas-Fort Worth, which is the most valuable attribute he brings to Dixon's staff. Patrick played a big role in LSU's recruitment of former Prime Prep star and Dallas-native Jordan Mickey, currently on the Boston Celtics.