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TCU News: Frogs root for a team member, bouncing back under GP

The Frogs’s Associate AD for Athletics Communication has an amazing family story.

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This TCU family tackles autism with teamwork | The Star-Telegram

You probably know him from his penchant for being the king of random TCU facts on twitter, but Mark Cohen and his family are a team worth rooting for in their own regard. They have a ton of fans at TCU.

"Mark and Sarah, they set such an awesome example to love on your children despite any obstacles or adversity they have to overcome," baseball coach Jim Schlossnagle said. "For most people, when your child even gets sick when they're young, you would trade places with them in a heartbeat. For your children to have a condition or an ailment that means a different way of life, it can really paralyze somebody. They live an active life, and that's a great example to set. They provide awesome perspective. None of this athletics stuff really matters, it's all about how you can provide for and love on your family."

Mark and Sarah insist on family outings -- usually TCU or Rangers games. It's tempting to leave Adam or Steven or both behind, but they always talk themselves out of it. They are a family, and they are going to act like it.

"We've found ways to still be a family, even with some shortcomings here and there," David said.

TCU won titles after Patterson’s other 2 losing seasons | Fox Sports

Are the Frogs a title team? You’re unlikely to find anyone outside of Fort Worth that believes that. But, this team is a much more resilient and veteran group, and the expectations absolutely should be raised in 2017.

For only the third time since Gary Patterson became TCU’s head coach, the Horned Frogs are coming off a losing season.

They immediately rebounded from those first two sub-.500 records with conference titles the following years.

Can they do that again in 2017?

”I think he believes we’re capable of that,” linebacker Ty Summers said, referring to the TCU coach who is going into his 17th season.

Top opponents for Texas in 2017, No. 23: TCU WR KaVontae Turpin | My Statesman

Turp is set to have a big junior campaign after injuries sidelined him some a year ago and academic issues kept him out of spring ball. But when he’s healthy, he’s as dangerous as any player in the country.

Sure, TCU’s hopes rest on the arm of Kenny Hill, but Hill’s job will get a lot easier with a healthy KaVontae Turpin. After a breakout freshman campaign in 2015, Turpin’s production dropped off dramatically last season. Injuries kept him out of five games and limited him to 30 catches for 295 yards — less than half of what he had as a freshman. Still, he managed the second-most all-purpose yards on the team thanks to his prowess as a return man, a skill set that landed him on the All-Big 12 preseason team.

Why the 2017 TCU Horned Frogs could be better, worse than last season | Sports Day

More hard hitting journalism from that paper in Dallas, as they opine that TCU could be better, or worse than last year.

The Horned Frogs return 17 starters from a season ago. If you believe in trends, the last two times the Horned Frogs have endured losing seasons under Gary Patterson, they have rebounded with double-figure win seasons. The offense can't be as inconsistent as it was last season, can it? The return of Shaun Nixon and KaVontae Turpin from injury puts two playmakers on the field. Expect Patterson to fix a run defense that sprang a leak in its rushing defense late.