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TCU News: Rain won’t stop FB practice, Schloss wants more from young offense

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Also: Jalen Reagor is a beast, Diarse out to prove himself, and McKinney is the key to the o-line.

Football:

Big 12 coaches hype TCU WR Jalen Reagor, Frogs’ offensive line talent in 2018 | Die Hards

I mean... duh?

When asked about TCU, one Big 12 coach highlighted Reagor as a “tremendous individual player.” That seemed to be the consensus among the league’s coaches when they named Reagor Big 12 Co-Offensive Freshman of the Year.

Reagor had 33 receptions for 576 yards (17.5 yards per catch) and a team-high 8 touchdowns last season. He closed out his freshman campaign in dramatic fashion with 169 receiving yards and a touchdown against Stanford in the Alamo Bowl. With the departures of Desmon White and John Diarse, Reagor figures to be an even bigger feature in the TCU offense in the next couple of years.

Another coach raved about how TCU is recruiting along the offensive line lately. The Frogs landed 4-star junior college left tackle Anthony McKinney in the Class of 2018, and one Big 12 coach said there’s a major difference in size for the Frogs up front now that they’ve been able to recruit in a Power 5 conference for a few years.

John Diarse working to turn unknown expectations into a positive TCU Pro Day | The Star-Telegram

Diarse made the decision to come to TCU, and by all accounts, it was a great decision for both sides.

How was your experience at TCU?

“My time at TCU, to me, went by too fast. You don’t really realize how fast a few years goes until you look up and it’s gone. I’m very, very blessed and grateful for coach [Gary] Patterson and his staff to welcome me in as family and to finish out my career. My time there was just amazing, to be around blue-chip guys and being able to work with some of the best players in the state of Texas, or in the country arguably. For me, it went by too fast, but I enjoyed every second of it.”

Why did you decide to go to TCU?

“Looking back on it, me and my family definitely discussed it, and it was one of the better choices that I made. To go over there and give myself an opportunity to get more targets, more catches, hopefully got some better yardage. We got a better look and a better opportunity for NFL scouts to see what I can do.”

TCU spring football breakout candidate No. 4: Hole at left tackle needs a big answer | Sports Day

McKinney is key to TCU’s offensive success in 2018.

Breakout candidate No. 4: Anthony McKinney (JUCO), OT

We’ve already talked about TCU’s need for offensive line depth ad nauseam this offseason. With so much turnover up front, the Frogs were lucky to pick up one of the best JUCO tackles in the nation from the previous recruiting cycle.

Iowa Western’s Anthony McKinney hasn’t made too much noise this spring, but he’s still difficult to ignore. The 6-8, 330 lb. mammoth specimen of a football player seems destined to start at left tackle for the Frogs in 2018, replacing Joseph Noteboom.

Let it drain, let it drain, let it drain! TCU’s new practice fields will flush rain fast | The Star-Telegram

Even the practice fields are getting in on the upgrade efforts.

“We lost [days] going outside quite a bit because we couldn’t use the field [after rain],” Patterson said. “It’s a better situation. Gives us a large turf area that will benefit us. Hopefully, it’ll turn out good for us. We just need it done by June so we can run outside.”

Crews will start planting the new grass fields on May 21, Bailey said. The grass would preferably get six to eight weeks to really flourish.

It’s the same grass used at TCU’s Garvey-Rosenthal Soccer Stadium. A different line of Tiff Tuff is used for the field at Amon G. Carter Stadium.

”It’s really good stuff,” Bailey said.

Baseball:

Why Jim Schlossnagle wasn’t happy after TCU’s sweep of Kansas State | The Star-Telegram

Schloss isn’t letting his young guys off the hook as conference play gets serious.

“We’re not a team — and I don’t think any team is — that can take a day off in conference,” he said. “When you get a chance to sweep, you’ve got to show up. We’ve had some horrible Sundays here already this season.”

Schlossnagle acknowledged that he’s reticent to jump on his team after a victory, but after being gifted three unearned runs in the first inning on Sunday, the offense was silenced until a three-run double by Zach Humphreys in the seventh.

”I’m tired of hearing [hitting] coach Mosiello say the same things over and over to the same guys,” Schlossnagle said. “I hate getting on a team after a win but I’ve been around long enough to know what will play over a course of a season.

”The way we were offensively [on Sunday] will not play over the course of a season if we expect to win a championship.”