Josh Carraway and Travin Howard have been named to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy watchlist. The award is given to the top defensive player in the country. Meanwhile, Howard also appears on the watchlist for the Butkus Award, given to the nation's top linebacker.
Winners will be announced on Dec. 8 at the Home Depot College Football awards show and formally presented to the athletes on Dec. 10.
Patterson spoke at an event sponsored by the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce Tuesday, noting that there hadn't been a decision made at the quarterback position. He spoke about what he looks for in a quarterback when trying to make that decision.
“The way we judge quarterbacks is, how does everyone else play around them. Do they get better or do they get worse?” Patterson said. “That’s been my definition of a great player: When he comes into the game does everybody else play better?”
The 2018 cornerback out of Houston has a clear top 2, and the Frogs are in good position. Jamison notes how much he likes TCU's defensive style. He holds offers from TCU, Florida, Utah, Toledo, and UTSA, and is getting interest from Alabama and Georgia.
Out of those options, the 247Sports Composite, 90 overall four-star favors two of them.
“TCU and Florida,” Jamison told Today’s U. “TCU, I just like how their defense is and how their defensive backs work out there in the field and the way they work together as a team.
“Florida, they just have physical defensive backs and they are usually known as some of the top DBs in the NCAA.”
Even Texas understands how great Patterson is at evaluating talent.
The bottom line is that TCU evaluates defensive backs as well as anyone, so if head coach Gary Patterson thinks that Thompson can play, Thompson can play.
If anyone can do it at TCU, it's Dixon.
Jamie Dixon isn’t currently viewed as the sort of coach on the same level as those aforementioned people. In fact, he’s likely viewed a few measurable degrees lower than that. Not on par with Coach K or Rick Pitino, but hovering somewhere around the levels of a Ben Howland or the dozens of other well-respected coaches. In simpler terms: He’s not the kind of coach that people will talk about 30 years from now.
Jarred Vanderbilt is cousins with TCU coach Corey Barker, and Barker has been using that connection to try and convince the No. 14 player in the 2017 class to come to TCU. Vanderbilt, a Bellaire, TX native, is rated as the No. 5 small forward in the class of 2017, and holds 13 offers, including Kentucky, Kansas, Texas, Baylor, Iowa State, Indiana, Oregon, and Texas A&M.
“We are family, so it plays a big part,” Vanderbilt said. “I’ve been down to TCU, so I’ve actually seen the campus and met the other coaching staff. It seems like they’re putting together a good program. They’re rebuilding, and it looks like a good start to something new.”