Though the other drafted pitchers have signed or are close to signing pro contracts, Brian Howard, and third baseman Elliott Barzilli, are returning to school with one goal in mind: get back to Omaha and win it all.
"I just felt we had a lot more to accomplish as a team, and I owe a lot to this university," Howard said. "I had a solid season overall and can build on that going into my senior year and maybe get us closer to a national championship."
The TCU coach weathered the departure of eight starters, including the entire weekend rotation, to take a young club within a game of the College World Series finals. For that, and a season's worth of successes, he was recognized with a national award.
The 2016 season produced the third-most wins in program history as Schlossnagle guided his group to a 49-18 record and a unanimous No. 3 national ranking to end the season. Along the way, the Horned Frogs finished third in the Big 12 regular-season standings, won the Big 12 Championship in Oklahoma City, hosted and swept through the NCAA Fort Worth Regional and clinched a return trip to Omaha with a NCAA Super Regional series victory in College Station over the No. 4 national seed Texas A&M.
Shh shh shh... let us fly under the radar this off-season please.
"The Sooners slip up after their nonconference success due to three turnovers including a red zone fumble that halts Oklahoma’s momentum early in the fourth quarter," Chatmon writes. "TCU capitalizes on the ensuing drive as Shaun Nixon's touchdown run gives the Horned Frogs a 10-point lead that they never relinquish. TCU's defense is the difference, holding Oklahoma under 6 yards per play and recording four sacks of Baker Mayfield."
While I disagree with the assertion that his younger brother Raleigh is a clone on Ranthony - if he was, he probably would have at least picked up a TCU offer - the rest of this article makes a lot of sense. But, while it's easy to think of what might have been, it's far more productive to look at what this defense can be led by Texada, Illoka, and some young players that now have a ton of experience.
Now returning from his hiatus along with safety Kenny Iloka, it will be important for Texada to reclaim the form he displayed before the injury bug hit campus. He may not be the solve-all answer, but with redshirt freshman Jeff Gladney occupying the role that took Texada time to adjust to in 2014, and a converted receiver behind him, it’s all the more important that Texada exceeds TCU’s already lofty expectations.
The two offensive standouts are being mentioned for some big time awards.
The 2016 college football season is right around the corner and a couple of TCU players are getting some preseason hype. Wide receivers Deanté Gray and KaVontae Turpin appear on the watch list for the 2016 Maxwell Award, presented to America's College Player of the Year.
Five TCU players were honored on the preseason lists.
First on the list is the Bednarik and Maxwell awards, which came out of the box on Tuesday. The Maxwell is awarded to the best player in the nation and the Bednarik is earned by the nation's top defensive player.
The Frogs need to find someone to fill Trevone Boykin's considerable shoes.
Who’s really going to be the starting quarterback at TCU? Former Texas A&M starter Kenny Hill is still fighting for the gig, but he’s expected to be the main man early on and he needs to be the difference for an offense that might take a step back. This could’ve been the year Hill would be coming into his own as the Aggie main man, but now that’s Trevor Knight’s world under Kevin Sumlin.
TCU's Ronnie Baker just missed a chance to compete in the 100m dash, edged out by Tyson Gay and former Baylor sprinter Trayvon Bromell.
TCU’s Ronnie Baker, with a time of 10.10, was third in his heat behind Bromell and Gay. UTA alum Quentin Butler (10.10) was sixth in the heat with Rodgers, Lawson and Locke.