There are 105 roster spots and 85 scholarships given, leaving room for 20 walk-on opportunities. Two people who have spent time on the football field, but not in pads, are looking to grab a spot.
Darter said about 105 players total are invited to summer camp, including new high school recruits and past TCU players.
“There’s quite a few people competing for 105 spots,” Darter said.
A key to the summer camp invitation is making a lasting impression on the coaches. Feltgen said everyone has been working as hard as possible to prove themselves.
If you haven’t had a chance to have a conversation with Zarnell Fitch, you’re missing out. It’s easy to see, even in just a short interaction, why parents and kids love him - he is who he says he is.
“There’s a lot of people that have recruiting talk, and then maybe they change,” Patterson said. “Zarnell truly has a pure heart, and kids love to be around him. He’s a good football coach, he’s a great recruiter, he’s a great family guy, and it’s easy to see. And the thing is, he’s tireless.”
Fish and Robinson have come into their own as the calendar turned to February, leading the Frogs on a three-game winning streak with a chance to make a run to the Dance still ahead.
“We’ve thrown a freshman and a sophomore into the fire in a league that some people would say has the best guards in the country,” Dixon said, citing Kansas’ Frank Mason and Baylor’s Manu Lecomte as examples. “You’re not going to win every battle. You’re seeing Jaylen get through a tough stretch and responding. Where we’ve really addressed it is if you play good defense, the other things will happen.”
A win against a top-ten opponent on the road would go a long way towards solidifying TCU’s post-season resume. The Frogs know they should have that win on their resume, as they were right on Baylor’s heels at home last month.
“Right now, we need to be the team that knows we lost a game we felt we should’ve won and we got an opportunity to play them again, which is the beauty of the Big 12,” TCU head coach Jamie Dixon said. “Even if you lose early on, you know you can get them back again.”
A rematch with CCU in the CWS Finals? Sign. Me. Up.
TCU returns seven of its eight starting position players, its power-hitting designated hitter, its entire starting rotation and its top closer.
Catcher Evan Skoug (21 doubles in 2016), third baseman Elliot Barzilli (27 extra base hits) and designated hitter Luken Baker (team-high 11 home runs) lead a loaded offense after each batting at least .300 in 2016. That trio should make up a formidable 3-4-5 combo in the Horned Frogs’ 2017 lineup.