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TCU News: Early Signing Period begins tomorrow, Patterson Foundation gives in a big way

Gary Patterson is so much more than a football coach, he is a pillar of the Fort Worth community.

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Some big names could return for TCU in the Cheez-It Bowl. Here’s who’s in and out | The Star-Telegram

Darius Anderson is out, but TCU could get a couple of guys back that haven’t played in a while.

A surprise player who may be able to play in the game -- linebacker Montrel Wilson. The Keller Fossil Ridge product hasn’t played this season, but has been taking reps in practice. Wilson has 97 career tackles, seventh-most among active leaders on the roster.

“Montrel has been taking reps, so it’s out of the swamp with him,” Patterson said. “He’s been back and he’s really done pretty good.”

Senior defensive tackle Joseph Broadnax, meanwhile, is listed as a backup on the depth chart. Broadnax hasn’t played the final three games after being diagnosed with an undisclosed medical condition, although Patterson didn’t sound optimistic about Broadnax returning to game action.

“He could [play], but I think he’s going to decide not to,” Patterson said. “Not because anybody’s holding him back. It’s just his preference.”

TCU’s 2019 recruiting class: Who’s the sleeper? Is there a Day 1 starter? And more | The Star-Telegram

Omar Manning will not be returning to TCU, and that’s a big time bummer.

What are positions of need for TCU still?

“Numbers-wise, they need more defensive ends. They’re going to have four defensive ends on the spring roster with Brandon Bowen and Ochaun Mathis coming back, and recruits Adam Plant and Parker Workman. I think they still need to go out and get a couple defensive ends. They need another linebacker, experience at linebacker. You’ve got Garret Wallow then a bunch of guys who haven’t played. Those two positions and I’d also say they need one more athletic receiver.

“Omar Manning is not going to be signing and coming back. They need another receiver who can stretch the field vertically.”

TCU recruiting report card: Top playmaker from Horned Frogs’ 2015 class saw his career cut short this year | Sports Day

Gladney could work himself into the NFL Draft in 2019.

Jeff Gladney, CB: Jeff Gladney -- at three stars -- may not have been the highest-touted recruit out of high school, but the defensive back from New Boston -- following a redshirt year -- held his ground immediately in a Big 12 Conference that is dominated by high-powered offenses. Gladney recorded a career-high 46 total tackles in 10 games played in 2016, and after only appearing in nine games as a sophomore, he bounced back for a 2018 campaign that saw him become one of the best corners in the conference with 38 total tackles, 12 pass breakups, one interception and a forced fumble. That just sets the stage for what could be a big senior season next fall.

Gary Patterson Foundation awards $325,000 in grants to Fort Worth elementary schools | TCU 360

This is awesome.

It was the largest grant in the foundation’s history and presented by Kelsey Patterson at Worth Heights Elementary, approximately three miles east of TCU’s campus.

“It’s really exciting that we were able to grant everything that they asked for, up to $10,000 per school, which is nice,” said Patterson, a Fort Worth native and Western Hills High School graduate. “We wanted to give the librarians the ability to be creative, something that they want to do, but when the finances are going toward books or maintenance, we’re hoping that they’ll be able to do something they wouldn’t normally be able to do with an ISD budget.”