In this video, ESPN's Trevor Matich talks about TCU's offensive situation, which co-offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie is optimistic is about. He spoke very highly of both Kenny Hill and Foster Sawyer, and says the competition will make them both better.
There is considerable buzz over this early out of conference matchup, and for good reason - this September game should be a good one between two old foes.
But there is talent everywhere with legitimate first-team All-Big 12 players on the line at linebacker and in the secondary. That last unit is going to be the one that needs to see the most improvement, and the one Arkansas will have to take most advantage of. It is the weakest link on paper and its best players are coming off injury (cornerback Ranthony Texada and safety Kenny Iloka).
If you look at the two years that TCU played large numbers of two freshmen, both are easily explainable: 2012, when the Frogs were first joining the Big 12 and were short in numbers due to the dismissal of several players early in the year, and 2015, when the team was fraught with injury. Regardless, kids want, and expect, to play right away, and the Frogs have recent history of giving them the opportunity.
The Horned Frogs go in cycles with 16 true freshman playing in 2012 and 17 playing in 2015. It’s clear Gary Patterson is willing to turn to first-year freshmen with the confidence he can mold them into productive players in Year 1. Even though TCU has a high percentage, it’s hard to say the Horned Frogs consistently -- year in and year out -- play a lot of freshman after playing three in 2013 and seven in 2014.
This is a good article on Oregon coach George Horton, who has been tasked with leading a group that will have the chance to play all over the world this summer. That group includes two Frogs, sophomore catcher Evan Skoug and freshman designated hitter Luken Baker.
Horton had 31 players on his roster that features the top freshmen and sophomores in the nation, but he’ll take only 26 players on the trip to Taiwan and then 24 to the final two series.
“Having to cut some of the best players in America is not easy,” Horton said. “It’s exciting for kids to make this team for their draft stock and experience and all those things.”
The former Frog and current Ranger came out of the bullpen in the club's blowout loss, and sat down all four batters he faced. Holaday threw a decent fastball and even brought an opposing hitter to his knees with a wicked knuckle ball.
It was Holaday's second professional appearance on the mound. He retired both hitters faced in an appearance with Triple-A Toledo of the Detroit organization last season. Holaday featured a 78-mph fastball and a combination palmball-knuckleball that brought Eduardo Nunez to his knees on a swing-and-miss.