Will 2017 mark a return to glory for the defensive side of the ball, which struggled the last two seasons but has been GP’s calling card since his arrival in Fort Worth? Brian Estridge, the Voice of the Frogs, thinks so. And Estridge knows.
This is a defense that works and one that works best with experienced players. That’s where this defensive backfield and linebackers are going to benefit the most -- experience. Upfront they do come out of spring ball with four new starters and that does raise some eyebrows. It’s as big and as talented of a group as they have had. What has to happen for them is a mastery of the defense so they can play fast and without having to think.
Could we be in for a quarterback controversy come fall? Shawn Robinson is certainly go to do his best to make it so.
“He’s all about becoming a student of the game,” Patterson said. “For a young player, he’s really into being what he needs to become. And we’re a long way — we just had 15 spring practices, we’ve got four or five quarterbacks here. The good thing is, you’ve got a lot of practices before you play your first ballgame. One of the really good things that happened to us with Shawn coming in here is he learned the offense, learned the speed of the game, playing against college defenses and making his mistakes.”
TCU’s Moore is writing a book, and you can bet I will be ordering it as soon as a release date is set. His story continues to awe and inspire.
“When you are succeeding at a high level but you come from circumstances that don’t necessarily align with the elite spaces you find yourself in, you look at where you are from and where you are now and it won’t make sense on paper,” said Moore. “My goal is to not make sense on paper. My goal is for other people to seek that as well. That means they will be exceeding their expectations.”
The Eers will certainly be looking for a little revenge after the Frogs ripped their hearts out and knocked them out of the post-season last year.
The Mountaineers last saw TCU in the final of the Big 12 Championships last year and lost a gut-wrenching 11-10 decision in extra innings. WVU overcame an eight-run deficit and held a 10-9 lead in the ninth inning before letting the game, the title and their first trip in two decades to the NCAA Tournament slip away.
Mazey has no shortage of praise for Jim Schlossnagle’s squad... but still thinks his guys can knock them from the top of the conference. It’s going to be a tough road series for a TCU team that has been scalding hot for the last several weeks.
“The only thing keeping them from being the No. 1 team is the fact Oregon State has won 20-some games in a row,” Mazey said of the top-ranked Beavers, who were 28-1 with 23 straight wins entering a three-game series against Washington that started Thursday night. “I can’t imagine Oregon State has more talent than TCU does.
“This TCU team might be the best college baseball team I’ve ever seen assembled together from pitching to hitting to defense to speed to power. Teams like this don’t come along all the time. But it just means this is a great opportunity for us.”