Most national sites have the Frogs in the bottom half of the Big 12, which is probably deserved after a down year in 2016. But, GP’s teams tend to do best when they can sneak up on people, and this could be an opportunity to do just that.
Kenny Hill's stat line in the spring game was not pretty: 3-for-9, 15 yards and two interceptions. Incoming blue-chip freshman Shawn Robinson, however, shined all spring, and quickly nailed down the No. 2 job. The Horned Frogs aren't close to making a change behind center. But to have any shot of bouncing back from a disappointing 2016 season, they're going to need much better play from their QB.
Sports Illustrated - No. 5 in spring Big 12 rankings
The Horned Frogs tie with Texas for the most returning starters in the conference (17), including seven players from a defense that ended the year as one of the better units in the Big 12. But any progress is going to likely rely on Kenny Hill to improve his Big 12-worst 13 interceptions or on four-star recruit Shawn Robinson to be able to step in and start right away.
While TCU continues to ‘Chase’ Ja’Marr, they are still on the radar of a handful of other top talents of the pass-catching variety.
"TCU was one of my first offers after my sophomore year. I've got good relationships there because I've been talking with them so long. I've visited TCU so many times it also feels like home. Me and coach G (Gary Patterson) have a real good relationship, and I like coach (Sonny) Cumbie, too."
To recap, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, and TCU want Crawford on the offensive side of the ball, while Texas, which previously wanted him at receiver, now sees Crawford on defense. Given his size and athleticism, Crawford would very likely be a cornerback if he played that side of the ball.
It’s a pretty loaded senior class, and several of the players named to watch lists could find themselves finalists come December.
Several TCU football players have been named to preseason watch lists this week.
TCU linebackers Travin Howard and Ty Summers appear on the watch list for the 2017 Bednarik Award, presented to the nation’s top defensive player.
TCU running back Kyle Hicks has also been named to the watch list for the 2017 Maxwell Award, presented to America’s College Player of the Year, and TCU’s Austin Schlottmann has been named to the watch list for the 2017 Rimington Trophy, presented to the nation’s top center.
Howard and Summers were first and second, respectively, in the Big 12 in tackles last season.
The talented hitter could step right into the fold when he steps foot on campus a year from now.
“I had talked to TCU for a while and knew that they liked me,” Goodloe said. “In the MLB Draft this year, they had quite a few guys go in it, which opened spots for players like me. The recruiting process really hit hard at the start of this summer. Schools are trying to fill open spots for guys like me, and mine just happened to be my dream school.
“It’s always been my dream to play ball at TCU, it’s convenient for my family with it being so close, and, of course, with them being one of the top programs. It means a lot to me. I’ve been blessed with this opportunity and I couldn’t pass it up. I’m very excited to have the chance to play in their program.”
Goodloe has been one of the state’s best leadoff hitters after scoring 91 runs the past two seasons. As a junior, Goodloe hit .484 with 30 RBIs, 10 stolen bases, six triples and two home runs for a .779 slugging percentage. He also went 7-1 on the mound with 47 strikeouts in 48 1/3 innings for a 2.61 ERA. As a sophomore, Goodloe hit .495 with 24 RBIs.