When everyone gets healthy, this will be a formidable defense. Right now though, there are some question marks.
Leading tackler Travin Howard has not practiced because of an “emergency-type” medical issue, Patterson said Thursday. Defensive ends James McFarland, back from a broken toe that sidelined him last season, and Tipa Galeai did not practice Thursday. Cornerback Ranthony Texada, who missed 10 games last season because of a knee injury, is still adjusting.
A key game in early October against Oklahoma could determine who eventually wins the Big 12.
With all the returning experience, the Frogs should be able to reach at least 10 wins again and be near the top of the Big 12 standings in position for a possible New Year's Six spot. Beat Oklahoma to start October, and TCU would have early momentum to make a push for the conference title.
Norrie could decide to make the move after taking the fall semester off. Tennis coach David Roditi notes in the article that he will support Norrie in his decision either way, and that both paths have clear upside for Norrie.
If Norrie takes the semester off, his ranking could climb high enough to get him into Australian Open qualifying, which would take him well into January and could play a role in his decision to turn pro. Many believe the 20-year-old could reach the top 100 quickly if he decides to make the move.
The Saint Kitts and Nevis native attended TCU from 1998-2001, and has participated in every Summer Olympics since 1996 except London 2012.
“I’m not going to carry on much longer,” Collins said. “I won’t go past this time next year. I think I’m done with the championships. I think this was my last championship race. I’m trying to get the young guys to step up. I’ve been coming out like a trooper and as a sprinter I’ve never stepped away from a challenge.