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TCU News: Hicks on the bench? Owls make themselves at home, VB opens strong

Current and former Frogs are doing their part to help out our Texas neighbors in Houston as Hurricane Harvey continues to wreak havoc.

Football:

TCU football preview 2017: Everything you need to know about the Horned Frogs in one place | Sports Day

It’s true: you can find everything you need to know about the Horned Frogs in one place. Here.

But this is decent, too, I guess.

Gary Patterson is the king of the turnaround. Whenever TCU has a losing season, they'll win at least 10 games next time around. The Frogs have done this multiple times under his command, so there's precedent and hope. But this season's schedule does the Frogs no favors, with TCU having to enter some brutal environments. At Arkansas, Oklahoma State, Kansas State and Oklahoma. Yeesh. There are, most likely, two losses right there, and that doesn't leave TCU much room for error anywhere else on the schedule. The Frogs also have to play at Texas Tech and get the pleasure of hosting the best SMU team of the last decade (right before their trip to Stillwater). Oh, and then there's that reloaded and re-motivated Texas squad. A bowl? Most certainly. But TCU needs to play its best football if 10 wins is going to happen.

TCU vs. Jackson State: What to know about the Horned Frogs and Tigers | The Star-Telegram

Don’t know much about the Tigers? We will have a full preview out later this week, but here is a great start in learning about the Frogs’ opening opponent.

What’s this about: TCU can win its 16th consecutive home opener. Only four streaks are longer (Florida’s 28, Illinois’ 20, Arizona State’s 18 and Arizona’s 17). A win could push the Horned Frogs into the AP Top 25 — they have appeared in every AP poll at some point in the past 12 seasons and in 32 of the past 45 weeks — and provide momentum for next week’s game at Arkansas.

Stat leaders

TCU: QB Kenny Hill threw for 3,208 yards and 17 touchdowns last season, also rushing for 10 touchdowns. RB Kyle Hicks led the team in rushing and receptions. LB Travin Howard led the Big 12 with 130 tackles.

Jackson State: QB Brent Lyles averaged 98.8 yards rushing per game last season. WR Jevon Floyd caught 28 passes. DE Keontre Anderson had nine sacks.

TCU running back Hicks may be held out of opener vs. Jackson State | The Star-Telegram

Sure, this is potentially bad news - GP has played the “he’ll be back soon” card before. But, assuming it is more precautionary than anything, getting reps for Anderson, Olonilua, and Snell - against a team that should be overmatched - will pay dividends down the road.

Running back Kyle Hicks may not play in the season opener against Jackson State on Saturday, coach Gary Patterson said Monday during the Big 12 coaches conference call.

Hicks has been held out of contact in some of the fall practices, but Monday was the first time Patterson directly acknowledged an injury concern with the senior running back.

“He’s still not 100 percent,” Patterson said. “He may play, may not play. We’re going to see.”

Owls relocate to TCU campus, wait for safe return to Houston | ESPN

Incredibly proud that TCU, among others, stepped up to help Rice out. Football is of little consequence in the big picture, but these kids just needed a place to be an return to some level of normalcy.

Please consider donating to the Red Cross or other outlets to help out the victims of Harvey, if you haven’t already.

"I want to thank the staffs at TCU, SMU, Baylor and UTEP who all reached out to offer whatever help we needed," Rice coach David Bailiff said. "There is a strong brotherhood in the coaching world, and it is never more evident than at times like these. While we would love to be coming home today, our first responsibility is the safety of these players. We learned some lessons in 2008 [when the Owls were at Vanderbilt when Hurricane Ike struck Houston] about coming home too soon."

TCU coach Gary Patterson said the Horned Frogs will do whatever they can to help out the Owls.

"They're worried about parents and their families back there, but then all their belongings and their apartments and their housing," Patterson said. "It must have been a very tough feeling to be playing a ballgame all the way in Australia knowing that maybe everything that you own may be gone."

Elite TCU Safety Pledge Talks Official Visit Plans, Senior Year | Scout.com

Vongor is going to be a superstar at TCU, and has apparently completely shut down his recruitment. In line for a huge senior year, that’s great news for the Frogs.

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Vongor is one of the top safeties in the state of Texas, which is especially loaded at the safety position in the 2018 class. Solid in his commitment to the Horned Frogs, Vongor had this to say about his official visit plans:

"TCU will be the only school I take my official to," Vongor said, "but I have not come up with a date yet."

Vongor chose TCU over a slew of offers from across the country that includes Alabama, Arkansas, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Nebraska, Texas, Texas A&M, and plenty of others.

"I talk with (defensive analyst) coach (Jeremy) Modkins and (defensive line) coach (Zarnell) Fitch all the time, and also (defensive coordinator) coach (Chad) Glasgow," Vongor said. "I have a good relationship with all the coaches."

Volleyball:

Frogs complete opening weekend sweep, defeat Rice in straight sets | TCU 360

Sure, football is getting the bulk of the attention this week, but don’t forget about the ladies of the hardwood - they are making waves early as they try and build on last year’s NCAA appearance.

“Different people stepped up throughout the weekend,” Kramer said. “There were some consistencies, but we had everybody step up at some point. That gives our setters confidence, and some of the best blocking moves from our hitters were late in sets. That’s when you want people to be their best.”

On a weekend marked with tragedy for much of southern Texas, the entire TCU Volleyball community sent their condolences to the city of Houston and Rice University at today’s match. The match began with a moment of silence for the trauma in Houston, and Kramer applauded the effort the Owls exerted on the court during a very hard time for their community.

“Rice came in and played hard,” Kramer said. “They have a lot going on at home and are dealing with a lot of things right now. They played great volleyball and did a really good job of putting everything in the back of their mind.”

TCU ex with Houston roots Matt Carpenter pledges hurricane relief | The Star-Telegram

This is an awesome gesture by Carp, who is challenging teammates to match his pledge.

St. Louis Cardinals infielder and Former TCU star Matt Carpenter has pledged to donate $10,000 for each home run he hits the rest of the season to aid the relief efforts in Houston.

Carpenter attended Fort Bend Elkins, which is southwest of downtown Houston. The Houston area has been deluged by flooding in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

In a series of tweets Monday afternoon, Carpenter said he and his wife were “praying hard for the people of Houston.”