I was lucky enough to be a student during LT’s rein in Fort Worth, and watching him run rampart over over-matched foes was a sight to behold. His nomination is much-deserved, and his election Super Bowl weekend all but certain.
Before joining the NFL, Tomlinson played for TCU where he helped the Horned Frogs earn their first bowl game win in 41 years in the Sun Bowl against the USC Trojans. He was also a finalist for the 2000 Heisman Trophy.
Disappointed after the Liberty Bowl? Maybe these stats well help you feel better:
TCU has a habit of bouncing back from down years under Patterson. After a 6-6 season in 2001, the Frogs went 10-2 the next year. After 5-6 in 2004, they went 11-1. And after 4-8 in 2013, they went 12-1.
That’s a track record Patterson can lean on.
“I’m excited about the future,” he said. “We got a lot of kids coming back, and they’re good people, not just good players.”
It seems the anointing will have to wait a year - but that might be for the best. Either way, Robinson will be ready to work.
“If I don’t redshirt ... I really don’t care,” Robinson said. “I’m just going to work my butt off regardless. I’m really not worried about all of that stuff. I’m just going to go in there and try to learn the system as fast as possible, and what ever happens, happens.”
It wasn’t all bad for the Frogs in 2016, with plenty of positives - especially on the defensive side of the ball - to leave hope for the future.
The Frogs discovered several gems on the defensive side of the ball, as Gary Patterson molded his young group into an aggressive squad that was one of the best in the nation at getting to and bringing down the QB. Linebackers Ty Summers (San Antonio Reagan) and Travin Howard (Longview) each had over 100 tackles on the season, and safety Niko Small (Arlington Bowie) earned defensive MVP of the Liberty Bowl after his eight tackle day. With Ranthony Texada (Centennial) fully healthy in the latter part of the year, he looked like the All-Conference player he was expected to be after bursting on the scene as a true freshman. With another offseason under their belts, the linebacking corp and secondary should be outstanding a year from now.
Evan Daniels spoke with Coach Dixon about a wide variety of topics, including the decision to leave Pitt and how he was able to mold the Frogs into a contender so quickly.
Dixon discusses how quickly everything came together in Ft. Worth, and how the Horned Frogs were able to land a top-flight recruiting class at the last second. Also did he ever think that as a team, they would be this good, this fast?