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TCU News: Evan Skoug’s on fire

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The junior catcher is more than picking up the injury slack for the Frogs.

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Baseball:

With Luken Baker out, Evan Skoug’s hot bat proving timely for TCU | The Star-Telegram

Over the last several weeks of play, Skoug has been unbelievable, using all parts of the field as he blasts home runs and extra base hits.

“I feel great. I feel very confident. I know that I can do this,” he said. “I’ve always had the ability to hit, but it was just getting back to normal, especially after those first six weeks. It’s just a testament to how buying into a process and buying into a routine and buying into what the coaches are saying — even through the tough times — it’s amazing what that did for me, what it does for anybody in this lineup, honestly. Never got too high, never got too low.”

Skoug is likely headed for professional baseball next season, a career .294 hitter at TCU with 31 home runs, 42 doubles, one triple and 150 runs batted in. Fifty games into his junior season, he leads the Frogs in slugging (.560), runs scored (47), runs batted in (53) and home runs (15).

Football:

Offense and schedule will stop TCU's playoff push | ESPN

It’s no surprise that the QB will make or break the season for the Frogs, but a tough schedule doesn’t help things either, with trips to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State looming.

Last season, quarterback Kenny Hill ranked 41st out of 56 passer-rating-qualified quarterbacks in Total QBR on vertical passes (aerials traveling 11 or more yards downfield), with a 50.6. Hill's subpar vertical woes did not stop there, as he ranked 40th in vertical completion percentage (36.7), tied for 47th in vertical yards per attempt (8.6), 37th in vertical touchdown percentage (6.3) and 38th in vertical off-target pass percentage (23.4).

Part of the issue is that TCU's receivers ranked 41st in drop percentage (4.7) and tied for 51st in yards gained after first defensive contact per reception (1.2) on vertical throws. Having noted this, the drop percentage equated to only seven dropped vertical passes, and only one of these throws traveled more than 20 yards downfield, so it was really much more a matter of Hill's subpar play than the poor downfield catching ability of Horned Frogs receivers.

Making matters potentially worse for the upcoming season is that Hill looked awful in TCU's spring game, going 3-for-9 for 15 yards and two interceptions.

TCU makes the cut for Bellaire prep WR Jaylen Waddle | Scout.com

The Frogs are in the hunt for another top Texas athlete, and the decision of top target QB Justin Rogers could be the difference maker.

"Waddle lacks ideal size and will need to bulk up once he's in college, but he possesses athleticism that is hard to come by," said Scout.com recruiting analyst Gabe Brooks. He flashes impressive short-area burst to separate from defenders in the vertical passing game and also free himself from would-be tacklers in close quarters. He's a player who owns both good top-end speed and impressive lateral mobility. Waddle can take the top off a defense from an outside receiver position, or turn short gains into big plays in the screen game and short middle thanks to his elusiveness and speed."