Folks are all over this TCU secondary - I think they’re going to have a big game, personally.
2. Speaking of Bowman, the freshman has led Texas Tech to yet another year of fantastic production in the passing game. The Red Raiders have featured one of the nation’s best passing offenses in the nation since Kingsbury took over, and this team will have success throwing the ball even if backup McLane Carter is forced to start. This Air Raid attack simply has too many weapons and brilliant play designs to stay down for long. And even though TCU has the nation’s 13th-best passing defense, the unit failed its two biggest tests of the season: games against Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins and Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger. The two of them combined to throw for 599 yards with four touchdowns and no picks against the Horned Frogs, providing a blueprint for what it takes to beat this defense through the air. And neither of those teams throws the ball as well as the Red Raiders.
My best guess is that we see Shawn Robinson vs Jett Duffey.
Two of Tech’s top three quarterbacks suffered injuries in September, and Kingsbury said Monday he hopes to have all three available. Jett Duffey, the team’s leading rusher twice in five games and the one who’s stayed healthy, seems the most likely option. But Kingsbury said he’s not ruling out Alan Bowman, who spent four nights in the hospital with a partially collapsed lung he suffered Sept. 29.
“He’s been out there at practice, and it’s an interesting injury,” Kingsbury said. “None of us have experience with it, so we’re kind of taking it day by day and expect him to be back sooner than later.”
Game-one starter McLane Carter, out since the opener with a high-ankle sprain, has been working his way back, too, though it’s hard to know to what extent, in the team’s closed practices. Because running is a significant element of Carter’s game, Kingsbury’s been consistent in saying Carter’s ankle needs to be fully healthy before he plays again.
“He’s doing better,” Kingsbury said Monday. “I’m not sure if he’s game ready or not. ... I’ve said it before: His game is a little bit different, so he’s got to be able to push off that leg and run and make plays. If he can’t do that, he won’t play.”
The Frogs have given up big games to mobile QBs in the past, and Duffey is an excellent athlete. But I question the inference that the Frogs haven’t been good at getting INTs, and thus won’t exploit that area of Duffey - the QBs they have played to this point don’t throw a lot of picks, period.
And finally, TCU has yet to face a quarterback with Duffey’s speed, elusiveness and explosiveness. The only signal caller the Frogs have seen who could legitimately be termed a “dual threat” is Texas’ Sam Ehlinger, but while Ehlinger is the second coming of Kansas State great Colin Klein, Duffey is much more akin to a Michael Vick. To say that Duffey and Ehlinger have very different running styles would be a major exaggeration.
Put it all in the blender and hit the switch, and what I think comes out is Duffey having a big day at TCU’s expense. It should be interesting.
Texas is back... to stealing TCU commits.
“I’d like to thank Coach Patterson and especially Coach Sharp for giving me the opportunity to play for TCU. I really appreciate them for seeing my ability to play great football. However, I feel like I have to follow another path. I have to follow my dream and because of this I have decided to announce that I am de committing from TCU.”
Warren originally chose the Frogs in May over several major programs. He recently picked up offers from Tennessee and Texas.
The 6-foot-3, 240-pound Warren is rated as the No. 39 strongside defensive end in the country and No. 24 player in Louisiana.
TCU currently has 17 commitments in 2019, and ranks No. 29 overall and third in the Big 12.