It's no surprise that the TCU Friday night battery will be competing on the National Team, as the freshman and sophomore were leaders both on and off the field. The only surprise is where Baker is listed from a position perspective:
Baker, the Big 12 Freshman of the Year and second-team All-America, also played first base and pitcher for the Horned Frogs this season, but he’s listed as an outfielder on the roster. Baker hit .379 with 11 home runs and 62 RBI, and drew national attention with a couple of highlight home runs in Omaha.
Well, one national writer believes in the "rebuilding" Horned Frogs. Hey, it worked for the Baseball team, after all!
So hey there, Big 12. The Frogs return a load, once you account for injuries, and the home schedule includes conference favorite Oklahoma and potential OOC prize Arkansas.
Boykin's charge stemming from the December incident in San Antonio that led to his suspension was reduced, but his court date was set for August 1st - two days after the Seahawks open training camp.
Boykin originally faced a felony charge of assaulting a police officer over an incident at a bar two days before the Horned Frogs beat Oregon in the Alamo Bowl. A spokeswoman for Bexar County prosecutors didn't return messages seeking comment.
How the charge affects his status with the Seahawks is unclear at this time, but they signed him as an UDFA knowing full well Boykin's involvement and the potential ramifications of it. Widely expected to open camp as the #2 QB behind Russell Wilson, he will need to fend off Jake Heaps once his legal troubles are resolved.
"Some of the facts of today’s TMZ report are incorrect," Pittman wrote in a statement. "Trevone has already agreed to terms with the authorities on a lesser charge. He has been accountable and remorseful from the beginning. Trevone is looking forward to training camp starting July 30th and to competing for a roster spot."
The Frogs have two of the five players listed here, as Shaun Nixon and Turpin make the cut. The two will be expected to step into even larger roles in their sophomore season, as they can be play-makers and comfort zones for whichever QB wins the starting job come the fall.
The sophomore is the only returning Big 12 player who accounted for more than 1,500 all-purpose yards a year ago. Turpin’s 1,675 all-purpose yards ranked fourth in the conference, and his 15.4 yards per touch ranked third. The shifty slot receiver is impossible to stop in the open field and has the ability to change the game on kick and punt returns.
The recent TCU verbal commit isn't resting on his laurels since picking the Frogs; he has every intention to get stronger and faster heading into his senior season. And while there is a lot he loved about his future home, it's the experience of fellow West Monroe players that sold the big d-lineman on Fort Worth.
The love and dedication TCU has shown recruiting local football players the past few years has been meaningful to recruits that come after.
"I talked to (Former West Monroe star) Connor (Osborne) and (former Bastrop wide receiver) Isiah (Graham) and they love it," Collins said. "I think I will love it too."
There is a lot to be decided between now and October, but it's easy for fans of both the Sooners and the Frogs to start looking ahead to what promises to be one of the marquee games of the early season.
Part of the Horned Frogs' sustained success can be attributed to the fact that they are a very difficult team to face at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Patterson’s squad has outscored opponents 602-212 over the past two seasons. They have beaten teams by an average of 30 points in those home games and they average over 200 yards per contest from their rushing attack.