Traver is one of the most well-respected players on a veteran team. Having endured so much, Frogs fans hope he has the kind of bounce-back season he deserves.
“He rehabbed his arm, he’s been throwing,” Schlossnagle said. “Hate to say too much about him, he’s been through so much. But he’s pitched well. He’s had his moments where he’s been just OK. The last couple of weeks, he’s been really good. His stuff looks good. Now it’s just a matter of having consistent command. When you haven’t pitched for so long, that’s one of the things that comes last.”
Coach Dixon isn’t saying anything that’s not obvious, but it’s clear the Frogs are making Vlad’s passing a priority in practice.
“The best way to beat a double team is to be a good passer and make good decisions out of it,” Dixon said. “We have to do a better job of spacing out of the double team, and he’s got to do a little better job. And he’s not the only one. We struggled with it with other guys, and we’re just not hitting the open guy at the right time. We’re working on that as well.”
They aren’t out of it yet, but TCU can’t afford to lose many more games if they want to turn their NCAA dream into a reality.
“For me, it’s real hard because I want to be in the tournament so bad,” junior guard Kenrich Williams told reporters Monday before practice, asked if it’s difficult to tune out the tournament projections. “It’s hard for me to ignore looking at stuff like that. But it’s really just taking one game at a time. You’ve got to win one game.”
LT’s work ethic is a big part of what set him apart and helped make him great.
Patterson said the thing that sets great TCU players apart is what they do and how they do it.
“When LT first came to TCU as a sophomore, he weighed 210 pounds and ran a 4.60. In the offseason, he gained 10 pounds and ran a 4.38,” Patterson said. “I thought the watches broke, and we even went back and ran it again,” he said.
Patterson said that Tomlinson would go back out after practice and work for another 30 or 45 minutes.
Gary Patterson and co have been very active on the recruiting trail, handing out 92 offers to players from the class of 2018. But they aren’t done yet. Here are a couple Lone Star State stars they might take a look at down the line.
Grayson Mann | LB | FW All Saints
The hometown product has started on All Saints’ varsity since his freshman season; he spent his first two seasons primarily on the defensive line, but he is garnering interest as a linebacker. At 6-foot-1, 210-pounds, Mann definitely has the size with mid 4.6 speed. He’s also rated as the No. 4 wrestler in Texas in the 220-pound weight class. Mann has offers from Nebraska, UTSA and Air Force at the moment and is getting strong interest from Stanford, Indiana, Northwestern, Rice, Duke and Virginia.
Shawn Robinson is garnering national attention before spring ball begins.
It’s also intriguing, of course, to envision a scenario in which he does play next fall -- perhaps first as Hill’s backup, then in a larger role if some of the inconsistency that plagued TCU in 2016 hits again. If Robinson wins the backup quarterback job before the season, the cries for playing time from the seats at Amon G. Carter Stadium will inevitably grow loud at some point in the fall.