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The Frogs’ star linebacker has been impressing as a pass-rusher during fall camp.

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He’s a star at linebacker, but TCU might tell Ty Summers: Go get the quarterback | The Star-Telegram

With a sudden surplus of talent at linebacker, and some injuries amongst the pass-rushers, could the all Big 12 star be making a position change?

“We saw him when he was a redshirt freshman, when he was down on the scout team, rushing the passer,” Patterson said. “We saw him then. It’s not something uncommon. We bring our linebackers off the edge quite a bit. So it’s not like they’re not used to doing something like that.”

But Summers’ work must have stood out this week.

“I think he had four sacks yesterday, most on effort,” Patterson said. “Now, he ran with the 2s, so I don’t know what that means. But he had four sacks yesterday, and I think he had three today.”

CFP national title odds: How sweet are oddsmakers on Oklahoma, Texas, A&M, TCU, Baylor and others? | Sports Day

100 to 1. If you’re the betting type.

Oklahoma's odds of winning the CFP national championship are slipping.

At least that's the story in the eyes of oddsmakers at Bovada, who have dropped the Sooners' championship odds from 9-1 in January to 16-1.

In fact, Big 12 teams didn't fare very well at all in Bovada's latest odds. Texas A&M saw its chances get a little longer, too.

Oklahoma State fell from 33-1 to 40; Texas from 28-1 to 40-1; TCU from 75-1 to 100-1; A&M from 66-1 to 150-1; Baylor from 250-1 to 500-4.

The top 5 non-conference football games for the Big 12 | Athens Daily Review

The Frogs and Hogs aren’t the sexiest of Big 12 non-conference matchups (Texas-USC, anyone?) but it’s huge for both teams, as they look to make a statement early in 2017.

These two former Southwest Conference rivals met last season, with Arkansas emerging with a 41-38 victory in double overtime. The result this year will be used to gauge the depth, or lack thereof, in the Big 12.

Expect a strong rebound season at TCU, which finished 6-7 last season. Keep note what occurred after the three previous times under coach Gary Patterson that the Horned Frogs had a non-winning season (2001, 2004, 2013). The following seasons they responded with double-digit victory campaigns. How the offense rebuilds after a subpar season, still led by quarterback Kenny Hill, will go a long way in determining whether TCU can beat a presumed middle-of-the-pack SEC team on the road.

Both Kenny Hill, Sonny Cumbie have something to prove as TCU tries to recapture national prominence | Sports Day

Cumbie is a lot wiser than his age would suggest, and his relationship with Hill is as strong as any QB-OC in the country. If anyone can get him to reach his potential, it’s Sonny.

"Football is a fickle game," Cumbie said. "A lot of the same plays we called the first two years didn't work out as well so you try to figure out why and stay ahead of the curve."

Cumbie wants Hill to protect the football, make better decisions and be more consistently accurate with the Oklahoma and Arkansas as templates. Later last season, as TCU struggled more, Hill was uneven.

"I just think as a quarterback at time, you can allow things to build up and your frustrations may grow," Cumbie said. "You saw some of that with him."