George Whitfield has his critics, but he will make a lot of fans in Fort Worth if Hill’s play improves in year two as a starter.
“I definitely think he’s going to have every chance to play on Sundays,” Whitfield said of Hill, who had the third-best passing season in TCU history last year but also led the Big 12 with 13 interceptions. “It’s all in front of him. But Sundays aren’t a reality until Saturdays have been executed at the highest level you possibly can.”
That’s why Hill spent spring break at Whitfield’s camp, aiming to polish areas like his footwork and weight transition.
Is Hill a Heisman candidate? Based on his 2016 campaign, no. But, in this offense, anything can happen, and if he can be more consistent, he can propel TCU to a big bowl game - and himself to NYC.
Hill isn’t consistent. While he may have posted three of the top nine passing games in TCU history, he also threw the highest number of interceptions in the Big 12 (13) and was pulled from two games. And while not all of the burden falls on him, the truth of the matter is the TCU offense needs a makeover with consistency. Head coach Gary Patterson said that it’s a two-way street between the receivers and quarterbacks. And that during the spring the team is working to get the consistency together once again. So, next season even if Hill has a target to throw it to, if his consistency isn't there, it won't matter who is there to catch it.
Traver did what he needed to do, and the Frogs came away with the win.
“It was good to see Mitchell out there,” coach Jim Schlossnagle said. “He had to make some pitches to get through those two innings. Felt great coming out of it. The two goals we had, No. 1, to throw the number of pitches we needed him to throw, and two, to feel good about it.”
It was a frustrating loss for the Mavs, who had a chance to win off of Durbin Feltman in the ninth, not something that many teams can say.
"I was proud of our effort tonight, we just came up short," head coach Darin Thomas said.
It didn't even take a hit for the Horned Frogs to score their first run. UTA's starting pitcher, junior Jordon West, walked TCU's first three batters before being pulled. Junior pitcher Jake Wilcox replaced West and the Horned Frogs scored on a sacrifice fly.
Wilcox didn't allow a hit until he gave up a single in the fourth inning. In the fifth inning, TCU increased its lead to 4-0 after a fielding error.
The Frogs are getting plenty of love in the post-season look ahead polls.
In explaining his placement of TCU, Davis wrote: “The Horned Frogs ended their season by winning the NIT, and their top six scorers will return for Jamie Dixon’s second season.”
Members of the NIT championship team will join TCU football players in signing autographs in conjunction with Saturday’s spring football game (11 a.m., Amon Carter Stadium). The game is free to the public.
Patterson, Schloss, and Dixon aren’t the only ones having success signing top flight talent - Jill Kramer is on a roll, too. And her last commitment is one of the biggest in the history of the program.
Nalls, the UIL District 10-5A MVP and a 2016 CBS MaxPreps Underclass All-American, became the fourth player from the high school to commit — either verbally or officially — to a TCU athletics program.
Waxahachie football players Jalen Reagor and Kenedy Snell, who respectively are No. 8 and No. 57 rated players per ESPN 300 rankings, signed NLIs in October. Jordan Kitna, the son of former NFL quarterback and current Waxahachie Indians Head Football Coach Jon Kitna, decided to walk on and play football for Head Coach Gary Patterson and the Horned Frogs last May.