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GP has had plenty to say about true freshman Jalen Reagor, because he’s the rare offensive player with a defensive mentality.

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The best thing TCU coach Gary Patterson can say about a player | The Star-Telegram

Offensive players that play like defensive players? Sign me up for more of those please.

If Gary Patterson is going to say something good about a player, there is no higher compliment than this:

“He has a defensive mentality.”

That means you think like the TCU head coach. That’s how freshman receiver Jalen Reagor has come across.

“He’s an offensive guy who’s been raised with a defensive mentality,” Patterson said of Reagor, the son of former Texas Tech and NFL defensive end Montae Reagor. “That’s really why Jalen is the way he is.”If Gary Patterson is going to say something good about a player, there is no higher compliment than this:

“He has a defensive mentality.”

That means you think like the TCU head coach. That’s how freshman receiver Jalen Reagor has come across.

The five key storylines sure to shape TCU's 2017 season | Sports Day

Turp is still key to the offense, but with Nixon back and the addition of a trio of talented freshmen, he doesn’t have to do it alone.

Want to hear something amazing? KaVontae Turpin battled injuries last season and played only eight games, yet he still was second on the team in all-purpose yards with 986. He had just about the most impressive freshman showing one could hope for. But he still hasn't been utilized to his full potential, which is kind of scary ... in a good way. Turpin can be lined up anywhere for a home run play and have a decent shot of making something happening. How much will TCU lean on him?

TCU has talent to rebound from rare losing season | Lyndy’s Sports

Kyle Hicks should have a huge year, and Banogu could be a surprise star for the Frogs this fall.

BREAKOUT STAR: Kyle Hicks amassed nearly 1,500 total yards and scored 14 touchdowns as a junior last season. Hicks led TCU in rushing and receptions, a first for a TCU running back since Basil Mitchell in 1996. His 1,042 rushing yards included a career-high 192 yards in a win at Baylor and his 47 catches were the most by a TCU running back since John Oglesby caught the same number in 1993. Hicks won the team’s MVP award, the first Horned Frogs running back to be so honored since LaDainian Tomlinson’s back-to-back awards in 1999 and 2000.

NEWCOMER TO WATCH: TCU’s most notable addition is Louisiana-Monroe transfer Ben Banogu, a junior, who recorded five sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss in 13 starts for the Warhawks in 2015. He’s taken over one of the starting defensive end positions and should be a force with which to be reckoned on the outside for TCU.

Former TCU DE Tipa Galeai Found Guilty of Assault Charges | Bleacher Report

GP did the right thing, as he generally does.

Former TCU defensive end Tipa Galeai was found guilty of assault Thursday after an incident that occurred in January, according to Mac Engel of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Ryan Osborne of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported in March that Galeai was alleged to have punched two students at a TCU dorm.

Per the affidavit, the two students said something about Galeai, who "appeared to be extremely intoxicated," which resulted in Galeai chasing them into a dorm.

He allegedly punched one of the students 21 times and punched the other three times. Galeai was arrested days later and charged with misdemeanor assault causing bodily injury.

The lessons we have learned from the College Football Playoff | The Comeback

What lesson have we learned? There is no black and white answers when it comes to the committee - they are going to do whatever they want to do. Period.

A smashing 59-0 victory over No. 11 Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship was impossible for the selection committee to ignore, as well as finishing the season with double-digit victories in nine of their last 11 games played. With Ohio State firing on all cylinders, the Buckeyes crept past co-Big 12 champions Baylor and TCU. The Big 12’s “one true champion” motto was mocked as the Bears and Horned Frogs were awarded a share of the conference title, despite Baylor holding a head-to-head victory over TCU.

Baylor and TCU fans were each upset to see the Buckeyes move past their teams in the final playoff rankings used for the playoff seeding, left to wonder why. They assessed blame on the committee and on Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby for not doing enough to give the conference the best chance possible of getting a team in the Playoff. The lack of a conference championship game immediately came to be blamed, as the value of an extra data point was deemed to be the tipping point that went against the Big 12 and favored Ohio State.

There may some truth to that, as the Buckeyes stormed by the Big 12 co-champs following their blowout win in the Big Ten championship game. The counter argument to that is TCU and Baylor were each still playing that same day. And Baylor even managed to beat a top 10 team in Kansas State (winning 38-27). TCU dominated Iowa State, 55-3. Both TCU and Baylor did what they needed to do, but the committee ultimately rode the wave of emotion from Ohio State’s 59-0 victory in the championship game for the Big Ten.