The Frogs have been one of the best bounce-back teams in the country under Gary Patterson, but he cautions people to expect more of the same in 2017 - though he believes the potential is there.
“I’ve heard people talk about we’ve always had great years after we’ve had a losing season,” Patterson said following a luncheon hosted by the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce. “Obviously, we get tougher. Like any business, you reconstruct what you’ve got to do. But to me, it’s happened … because we’ve grown up. People handle failure better than they handle success.”
How well equipped is this team to handle that challenge?
“I don’t know,” said Patterson, who will begin finding answers when players report July 29 for the start of fall drills, with the initial workout scheduled the next day. His hunch, at this point, leans toward the positive although he understands the skepticism of outsiders.
The talent is there, but can this team gel - and get better play from their QBs and WRs - to see the results?
Center Austin Schlottmann was named to the Watch List for the Rimington Trophy, given to the nation’s best center, running back Kyle Hicks was added to the Watch List for the Maxwell Award, given to the country’s College Player of the Year and linebackers Ty Summers and Travin Howard were named to the 2017 Bednarik Award Watch List for the nation’s best defensive player. Sophmore Adam Nunez joined the group Wednesday, by being put on the watch list for the Ray Guy Award, given to the nation’s best punter.
Schlottmann, a senior from Brenham, Texas, has seen action in 37 of TCU’s 39 games since stepping foot on campus. He has started 15 games including 11 in 2016, missing the Kansas and Oklahoma games due to injury. Schlottmann allowed zero sacks and just one quarterback pressure over his 752 snaps during the 2016 season, leading to a second-team All-Big 12 honor.
TCU is still in the running for the dynamic inside receiver, who reminds people a little of Wes Welker. TCU will get one of his last visits, later this month.
“By the end of the month, I’ll be able to make my decision,” Bolden told SEC Country during the Varsity Preps Elite camp at Hinds Community College. “After prayer and talking with my family and making sure that at the last few schools I’m looking at, I can fit with their programs. I’m excited.”
Pretty good look at the Frogs from our friends at CRFF. Here’s hoping their wrong and that the Frogs finally get a win in Stillwater.
TCU is going to improve from its 6-7 season last year; it’s only logical with all the experience returning from last year. But it’s not often a team can transition from 6-7 to conference contender in just one year. I believe TCU is going to be good this year. I believe they can be the best team in Texas this year (PLEASE COME AT ME TEXAS FANS). But TCU might just be one year away from competing for the Big 12 title. Can they give Oklahoma State a game? Of course. Could we be in store for another 2015? Heck year! Either way, TCU has proven they can succeed in this conference, and there’s no reason they can’t make things interesting in the Big 12 title race.