Much of the talk around TCU in the off-season has been centered on replacing generational talents like Trevone Boykin and Josh Doctson. But one of the more under-appreciated stars of the last four years was kicker Jaden Oberkrom. A four year starter, Oberkrom was as accurate as anybody that has come through Fort Worth, and had a flair for the dramatic - nailing several high pressure kicks in critical moments throughout his career.
With Jaden on to the next phase of his life, the future of field goals was left in the hands of sophomore Jonathan Song, a strong-legged youngster out of Fort Worth All Saints. But a toe injury in camp left that important component in doubt with less than two weeks until the season opener. Apparently, that was enough of a scare for Gary Patterson and the Frogs to seek out depth at the position, and Andrew David was a perfect fit to head south after the Wolverines brought in the nation’s top ranked kicker.
David, who played at Massilon High in Michigan, was a three star recruit as the seventh ranked kicker in the country in 2015. After redshirting his first year on campus, the 5’9”, 170 pound two-sport athlete was expected to compete with true freshman Quinn Nordin this fall. But after falling behind the top rated recruit, David appears headed to Fort Worth - where he will have a chance to not only contribute on the football field, but the baseball diamond as well. A star middle infielder for Massilon, David batted over .380 in his senior year and was named an honorable mention All-American by Perfect Game. While it is yet unclear as to whether he will join the TCU Baseball program as well, social media posts imply that might be the case. Having hit a 58 yard field goal in high school while slugging over .500, Andrew has a chance to make an impact athletically across campus. He is the second transfer to head to Funky Town from Michigan, joining his former and current teammate Derrick Green in Texas.
Though it appears Song will be the starting kicker, if healthy, this season, having friendly competition at that position should only serve to bolster its’ strength. Whoever lines up seven yards back will have big shoes to fill for a TCU team that has high hopes for the seasons ahead.