These numbers are ridiculous.
Collins created buzz at the combine with a 4.77-second 40-yard dash at 6-foot-4 and 295 pounds. He only ran his 40 and lifted (an impressive 34 reps) in Indianapolis, saving the rest for the pro day. And Collins, who tipped the scales at 292 pounds on Friday, was average in those drills with a 24-inch vertical, 8-foot-6 broad jump, 4.69 short shuttle and 7.85 three-cone drill.
The defensive line replaces a lot, but could be a salty group if the new faces pan out.
Ben Banogu (a transfer), Brandon Bowen and Isaiah Chambers are three of the prized acquisitions from last year. Gary Overshown will get a chance after a redshirt year. Patterson said linebackers Ty Summers and Sammy Douglas show intriguing speed off the end. Mat Boesen demonstrated a knack for getting to the quarterback and stripping the ball last season. The Frogs just want to find him a partner or two. Or three.
Jalen Reagor sounds ready to compete for PT right now. I’m cool with that.
“I like to compete and I’m a playmaker,” TCU freshman wide receiver Jalen Reagor said, stumping for the possibility to see field in his first year as a Horned Frog. “If you can play, you should put the best eleven on the field.”
The offensive line has to be better... because it would be hard to be worse than a disappointing 2016.
“I think the offensive line has been our bright spot and come a long way,” Patterson said. “When you don’t have [center Austin] Schlottman, [guard] Cordel [Iwagwu], or [tackle] David Bolisomi, and we’re going to gain two or three more recruits, I think we have an opportunity to have a lot of depth with our backups inside, [lineman Kellton] Hollins, having come a long way, and we moved Matt Pryor outside to tackle last week, who’d be our third offensive tackle at this point. We’ve done a lot of good this spring.”
It’s funny to see anything associated with UT going negative on TCU, because... well, SCOREBOARD! But this stat is pretty telling.
For all those tackles, few came in the red zone. Despite ranking second in the Big 12 in total defense, opponents had a field day against the Horned Frogs when they made it inside the 20-yard line. Teams scored 90.7 percent of the time, including 30 touchdowns (20 rushing) and 19 field goals. TCU was the only team in the league that didn’t force at least one turnover in such situations. For a defensive coach like Patterson, that had to be maddening.
Great read on Kenny Hustle, who is quickly making a name for himself among the TCU legends. He credits his coaches and a year of juco ball in helping prepare him for his big moment.
But once again he didn’t get a lot of attention. He was happy to get a scholarship offer from TCU even though the basketball team went 0-18 in the Big 12 in the season before Williams joined the team.
“I think I got everything I could out of that one year at New Mexico Junior College,” Williams said. “It helped me become a man and a decent basketball player. There’s really nothing out there, so you just focus on one thing and that’s to go to a bigger and better school and get a Division I scholarship.”