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TCU News: Frogs Win in Stillwater, Franklin Named Impact Frosh

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Lots of football links today, as well as more info on last night’s big basketball win.

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Basketball:

Getting defensive: TCU wins at Oklahoma State for first time since 1925 | The Star-Telegram

The Frogs are exercising some serious Stillwater demons this year.

It’s a potentially pivotal win for TCU in the ultra-competitive Big 12. TCU (16-6, 4-5 in the Big 12) moved out of a tie with the Cowboys (13-9, 3-6).

Three days after flimsy defense led to a nonconference loss at Vanderbilt, TCU returned to a more intense form of cover. They also shot the ball well, finishing the game shooting over 55 percent from the field, including 66.7 percent from 3-point range. It was an even attack, too.

Williams, Robinson lead TCU over Oklahoma State | Washington Post

This win could go a long way towards TCU understanding how to step on an opponent’s neck and bring home a victory.

After four straight close losses on the road, the Horned Frogs finally emerged with a comfortable victory away from Fort Worth. They had lost overtime contests at Texas and Oklahoma before falling 81-78 at Vanderbilt on Saturday. TCU displayed impressive resilience by blunting a late Oklahoma State comeback attempt. After maintaining a double-digit lead for most of the second half, the Horned Frogs allowed Oklahoma State to get to within six with 6:38 to go. But TCU responded with a 9-2 run over the next three minutes to secure the victory.

Football:

TCU signing day primer: Will Horned Frogs make any last-minute additions to their 2018 class? | Sports Day

Stupid Alabama. Smith has blown up over the last six weeks.

Three-star CB Eddie Smith was formerly committed to TCU, but it now seems quite unlikely he’ll recommit. Blame Nick Saban. Alabama made Smith a late offer and after visiting Tuscaloosa in January, that might be a wrap on his recruitment. Smith also visited Tennessee, another school who offered him late.

No waiting: Instant-impact freshmen for the top 25 teams | ESPN

He fills a big need as a big back, who could wreak havoc alongside Darius Anderson.

Others in the Horned Frogs’ class of signees came with higher rankings and more impressive numbers, but TCU needed no recruit more than Franklin out of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He flipped from hometown Mississippi State in December after the departure of coach Dan Mullen to Florida. Darius Anderson returns as TCU’s leading rusher, but Kyle Hicks is gone, leaving the 5-foot-11, 207-pound Franklin to compete with less-experienced backs Sewo Olonilua and Kenedy Snell for immediate playing time.

Bullets sign ex-TCU standout Wesley | The Star-Telegram

I will always wonder what would have happened had Wesley come back for his senior season...

The Texas Bullets, a perennial power in semipro football, recently signed former TCU running back Ed Wesley for the coming season. Wesley rushed for 2,457 yards and scored 24 touchdowns for the Horned Frogs from 2009-11, which included a 13-0 season and Rose Bowl victory.

Wesley left after his junior season and gave the NFL a shot. He played with the Dallas Cowboys during training camp, and later attempted to get on with the Buffalo Bills after being cut.

From Little Boy In Haltom City To Football’s Biggest Stage | CBS DFW

Big V has a chance to win it all Sunday in Minneapolis.

There are those around DFW who will always remember his journey from the little boy in Haltom City… to a 5th round pick out of TCU… to football’s biggest stage. Vaitai’s mom Shirley says, “He was always seen as lovable by teachers, coaches, and people at their church.”

Nowhere is he loved more than within his own family. Vaitai’s mom, dad, and two brothers will make the trip to Minneapolis to root him on. His brothers, Will and Kevin, played along side Halapoulivaati from pee wee football thru high school. Will says, “My brother is living my dream as well. I wish I was right beside him.”

Kevin says, “To see my brother in the Super Bowl… I never expected that.”