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Several TCU Football players were taken in this year's NFL Draft, while several more were signed as undrafted free agents.

Football:

TCU QB Boykin among Seahawks' undrafted free agent signings | Seattle Times

Seattle seems like a perfect fit for Trevone Boykin, where he can learn from Russell Wilson at the quarterback position (the 'Hawks have no second QB signed currently) - or, if they choose to move him, work for one of the more creative and risk-taking head coaches in the league. Boykin could be an excellent gadget player and special teams maven alongside Tyler Lockett.

Teams can begin signing rookies who were not drafted the minute the draft ends, however, and it appears the team went hard after Boykin to add him to the competition for a backup spot behind Russell Wilson.

Seahawks give Vernon Adams a tryout, sign Trevone Boykin | 710 ESPN Seattle

In an interesting turn of events, Boykin will likely have to beat out the player he was supposed to battle in the Alamo Bowl last December. Boykin didn't play due to his arrest, and Adams was knocked out in the first half by a vicious Derrick Kindred tackle.

While Adams is trying out, Seattle went ahead and signed ex-TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin, he announced on Twitter. He reportedly received a $15,000 signing bonus. Like Adams, Boykin had stellar numbers in college, throwing for 2,054 yards and adding 612 on the ground last season. His season didn’t end well, however, as he was sidelined late in the year with an ankle issue and then was suspended for being involved in a bar fight. He’ll be reunited with his center, Joey Hunt, who the Seahawkstook in the sixth round.

Boykin, three other Horned Frogs sign undrafted free agent deals | Dallas News

This list does not include Jamelle Naff, who was picked up by the Indianapolis Colts Sunday morning.

Three other former Horned Frogs signed as undrafted free agents on Saturday as well. Running back Aaron Green signed with the Los Angeles Rams, kicker Jaden Oberkrom with the Jacksonville Jaguars and defensive end Terrell Lathan with the Tennessee Titans.

Seahawks pick TCU center Joey Hunt in sixth round | Seattle Times

Hunt was a fringe draft prospect, who worked his way into hearing his name called with a combination of impsoing strength and an excellent football IQ. Surely, his perfect hair didn't hurt. He will be joined by his former QB as a member of the Seahawks. Seattle recently released another former Frog, Clint Gresham.

Hunt is the third offensive linemen taken by Seattle following tackle Germain Ifedi of Texas A&M in the first round Thursday and guard Rees Odhiambo of Boise State in the third round Friday.

It’s the second consecutive year Seattle has taken three offensive linemen in the draft, as the Seahawks attempt to shore up what has been a problem area in recent seasons.

Seahawks say TCU center Joey Hunt can command the offensive line | Seattle Times

Pete Carroll and Tom Cable have high praise for the new linchpin of their o-line, believing his intangibles far outweigh his perceived lack of size.

“What’s really special about Joey is that he’s in such command,” Carroll said. “He really sees the line of scrimmage and can make all the calls. So we know we’re bringing in a guy who can captain the offensive line if he’s able to take that spot over. That’s a really big plus.”

Bills add to wide-open wide receiver competition with Kolby Listenbee | ESPN

Though he fell much farther than expect, Buffalo is a great landing spot for one of the fastest players in college football. He should compete immediately for playing time, as the Bills looks to complement Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods on the outside.

The Buffalo Bills are expected to have a wide-open competition at wide receiver this summer behind starters Sammy Watkins andRobert Woods. They added another name to the mix in TCU's Kolby Listenbee, their first of two sixth-round picks.

Bills sixth-rounder Kolby Listenbee says he is the fastest player in the NFL | ESPN

Listenbee chose to run in the combine, despite suffering a sports hernia, and still clocked a 4.39. While the claim is a bit bold, it doesn't mean it's not true.

"I'm the fastest player probably in the NFL," Listenbee said. "So I bring speed, I got great hands. Right now, I got a chip on my shoulder because I got to go out there and show what I have and I mean. I just work hard."

Cleveland Browns select TCU safety Derrick Kindred with pick No. 129

The vast majority of collegiate football players work their tails off, putting in time and effort to realize their dream. And those young men all deserve to fulfill their dreams. But it's hard not to root a little harder for DK, who put his future and career on the line to tough it through the 2015 season, when the easy thing to do would have been to have surgery and get ready for the draft.

Kindred said he didn't have surgery on the collarbone even though he was given surgery options that would have caused him to miss time. Instead, he decided to risk it and play the season.

Eagles bolster offensive line by drafting TCU's Vaitai | Philly.com

Big V was a stalwart for TCU on the outside, and is a candidate at both the tackle and guard positions for the Eagles. There is definitely an opportunity for him to compete for early playing time on a line that struggled in 2015.

NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock mentioned him last week as a potential candidate in the third round for the Eagles because he was moving up draft boards.

“Can play both sides, and the offensive line coaches around the league love him,” Mayock said.

Baseball:

TCU baseball slugs its way back into series against Texas Tech | The Star-Telegram

Cory Raley's three run shot in the top of the fifth took the air out of a packed ballpark, and it looked like the Big 12 title was all but secured for the Red Raiders. But, then... the wheels came off for Tech, and TCU battled back, one batter at a time.

“We had a quote on the board early that said, ‘Punch back,’ ” Wade said. “We took a punch in the mouth yesterday. We had to show up today to come out and get back into a fight. Tomorrow, we have to finish a round.”

TCU can close within a game of the Big 12-leading Red Raiders with a series victory Sunday.

No. 6 TCU evens series with No. 10 texas Tech | TexasTech.com

The bullpen let the Raiders down, as pitcher after pitcher was unable to find the strike zone. TCU took advantage, taking a lead they wouldn't relinquish in the bottom of the fifth inning.

TCU scored each of its first four runs in the game via either a bases-loaded walk or hit-by-pitch as the Red Raiders issued 10 free passes in the loss. It was Tech's first road loss in Big 12 play since the Red Raiders dropped the middle game of the Baylor series (March 19).

Men's Tennis:

TCU men's tennis beats Oklahoma for a berth in the Big 12 final | The Star-Telegram

The Frogs will face off with Texas Tech, with whom they share the regular season title, Sunday, with the winner taking the tournament title.

Trevor Johnson and Guillermo Nuñez won the doubles point for the Frogs (23-3) with a 7-5 victory. Cameron Norrie and Alex Rybakov cruised to their 10th victory of the season with a 6-1 win.