But I’m sure putting a chip on his shoulder right as he begins his collegiate career won’t do anything but motivate him - and that’s good news for Frog fans.
“It’s an assessment on his abilities as a quarterback,” Krueger said. “I have personally watched him at a number of events over the last few years and this year, in person during the regular season against Cedar Hill, in the state championship game and all week long at this year’s Army Bowl. During that time, there have been a lot of fundamental things that I have seen him struggle with more consistently than the moments of brilliance many associated with him.”
PS: I have watched a lot of this kid’s snaps. He needs to improve his accuracy, but he has that “it factor”. He will be more than just respectable at TCU, in time.
Sonny Dykes is making an immediate impact, apparently, as a fomer Cal commit is suddenly showing interest in TCU.
"I'm very interested in TCU right now," Onyemaobi said. "I wasn't hearing from them at all and then out of the blue, I got a DM from the head coach, Gary Patterson. I called him up and we had a 30 minute conversation and he told me the call the DB coach, Paul Gonzales.
"We talked and then Coach Gonzales told me he's coming to see tomorrow morning at 6:30 for a home visit. I also set up an official visit with them for this weekend and I can't explain it but I have a really good vibe with TCU right now. They told me they only have 3-4 defensive backs and I could play early. Coach Patterson is a great coach with a ton of experience and being a christian, I think I would fit in really well at TCU."
2013 was a good year for TCU recruiting, and as seniors, several players have a chance to break out. One, of course, already has.
Kyle Hicks is the only four-star recruit from the 2013 class who is still at TCU. When he signed to TCU in 2013, he was ranked as high as the No. 29 player in the state of Texas by the 247Sports composite ranking, and the No. 14 running back nationally. This gave TCU the depth and dimension it needed when it came the 2013 signing class. Now, in 2016, he continues to give TCU what it needs. On the season, Hicks generated 1,042 rushing yards and 417 receiving yards on 47 receptions. Hicks is the first TCU player since Basil Mitchell (1996) to lead TCU in both rushing and receiving. His 1,042 rushing yards also provided TCU with a 1,000-yard rusher for the second straight season.
Sure, there are questions as to what Cumbie’s version of the offense will look like (cough, cough #GiveKyleTheDamnBall), but getting a healthy and productive Turp back may be the bigger key.
Turpin seemed to be on the path to becoming one of the Big 12's offensive stars after a breakout true-freshman season. Injuries, however, derailed Turpin's sophomore year, as he only caught 30 passes for 295 yards and a single touchdown. He also had a punt return TD.
TCU's receiving corps as a whole was a bit underwhelming last season. Getting Turpin back on track could do wonders for the group.
It’s a big honor for one of the Frogs’ best defenders, and could see him gain an opportunity to rise to the middle rounds.
Carraway was an All-Big 12 player each of the last two seasons. He was the conference player of the week following a win at Kansas in which he had three sacks in the fourth quarter, including on back-to-back plays on the final drive as Kansas tried to move into position for a field goal to win.
Love me some Brandon Parrish. The humility of the Frogs’ unsung leaders - Parrish, Michael Williams, Kenrich Williams, and Karviar Shepherd, cannot be given enough credit for TCU’s surprising start.
“I’m finally getting to see come to pass the things I had hoped for when I first came in,” Parrish said. “It was a lot harder than I thought it was going to be. And we were down bad a lot of times. Now, we’ve almost made a complete turnaround. We went from the bottom, now we’re in the middle of the pack, and I feel we’re in a really good position right now.”
This is a very resilient group, as they have shown in wins against OU and Iowa State. They’ll need to sharpen up their play as the competition stiffens though, if they want to make it to the Dance in March. Jamie Dixon believes they can do just that - and make it hard on opponents in the process.
“We’re here to win games and make people uncomfortable,” Dixon said. “I don’t want them to be comfortable playing TCU. I think that’s become a thing of the past. They’ve got to know we’re coming in. If they get up, we’re going to fight back like we did last night. We’re going to battle through foul trouble and adversity and still find ways. That’s what we have to show, and that’s what we have shown.”