Only 18, Fisher has not only performed on the court, but impressed his older teammates with his dedication off of it.
“He’s young. He shows that freshman personality a lot,” senior guard Brandon Parrish said. “But at the end of the day, he’s tough. When you see a point guard that’s willing to put his nose into things, willing to make plays, willing to take big shots, not afraid of the moment, you got to embrace it. I’m a big effort guy. If you show effort, that means you care. Just seeing his effort, that upped his respect level with me.”
TCU’s first Big 12 class wasn’t loaded with “star” players, according to the rankings, but unheralded players like Jaden Oberkrom, Josh Carraway, and Derrick Kindred would go on to have huge careers.
... the Star-Telegram has revisited the 2012 rankings of the Power 5 teams in Texas and Oklahoma. For a seventh consecutive year in this annual study, the team thought to have landed the top class (Texas) slid toward the back of the pack based on the players’ performances. TCU’s class, the first signed by the school as a Big 12 member, provided the nucleus for teams with a combined 23-3 mark during the 2014-15 seasons, including a share of the 2014 Big 12 title.
Two years out, the class of 2015 has some really nice pieces, but not a lot of breakout stars. I think the upcoming season, their third on campus, could see that change, led by the defensive players.
Niko Small, S: Small has made a name for himself. The three-star signee from Arlington had 83 tackles this season and one forced fumble. Twelve of the 83 tackles came from when TCU faced Georgia in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. Because of these efforts, Small earned defensive MVP of the Liberty Bowl. When Small was a freshman, he posted four tackles on the year, playing in the final 12 games of the season.
My three suggestions:
- Run the ball.
- Run the ball more.
- Run the ball of third and short.
Kyle Hicks and the running backs were still the most reliable part of a TCU offense that gained 5.2 yards per rush (No. 3 in the Big 12) and picked up at least 5 yards on a league-best 46 percent of their attempts. So you can see why this frustrated Patterson, and why he's reportedly bringing in a new offensive line coach in Chris Thomsen.
Will Cumbie's directive as play-caller be to shift back to a run-first philosophy? With Hicks and a lot of talented backs returning, that would make sense.
The Frogs have some exciting young pass-rushers in the fold, but they will have to step up in a big way to replace the veterans graduating.
Reason to be excited: Kenny Hill is back at quarterback, and the arrival of highly-touted quarterback Shawn Robinson should push Hill to be better. It’s a good situation for offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie. Why you should be skeptical: The Horned Frogs must re-tool their pass rush with the loss of Josh Carraway, and September road games at Arkansas and Oklahoma State won’t be easy.
Very busy on the recruiting trail this week, and not just for this year’s class. It’s somewhat rare to see the Frogs offer a QB this early, though, so he must be special.
The 6-foot-6, 205-pounder is already considered one of the top prospects in the nation for the 2019 class. The pro-style quarterback is ranked No. 3 in the nation at his position and regarded as the No. 2 player in Texas for the class.