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TCU News: Battle in the trenches will determine Robinson’s success

The Frogs will need a strong o-line in front of their sophomore gunslinger.

Football:

Will TCU’s transition to Shawn Robinson go smoothly? It depends on the trenches | The Star-Telegram

So many alligators this spring for TCU.

For a sophomore quarterback, which Robinson will be in the fall, there are a lot of question marks up front.

”He’s deep in alligators,” Patterson said, using an edited version of a favorite saying. “Usually your confidence goes with the experience of your offensive line and right now they’re a work in progress.”

Patterson said three lineman are taking reps at left tackle to replace Noteboom, who is one of several TCU lineman likely to go in the NFL Draft.

In the past, the Frogs have had success rotating their right tackle to the left side. Patterson said that could be an option with Lucas Niang. Anthony McKinney, who transferred from Iowa Western Community College, is one of the three working on the left side.

Three strikes later, Trevone Boykin’s football career is over | The Star-Telegram

Hard to disagree with Mac, here, if the allegations prove to be true.

The side of Boykin the public saw was his endearing smile, laugh and personality that made him such a popular figure in the TCU community. I found him to be endearing, charming and bright.

He would sign autographs forever, and he was great with kids. His sincere sit-down chat with a young Iowa State fan before a game in 2015 wasn’t an act.

This is a guy with more of an edge than the public saw. He could shake defenders easily; he could never shake off the sharp corners that do not fit in accepted society. Growing up in Mesquite, there were more obstacles for Boykin to navigate than advertised.

One element to this sad trajectory that routinely is overlooked in college sports is the transition many student athletes face when they move from one environment to another that is often completely foreign to them.

Basketball:

TCU women’s dream season comes to an end against Indiana | The Star-Telegram

It was a special season for a TCU team that should be even better a season from now.

“I think the road caught up to us,” TCU coach Raegan Pebley said. “Not finishing layups, missed free throws. We didn’t push the tempo like we know we can. We were a little fatigued. I’m proud of my team because I feel like they tried to push. I felt like we were playing uphill all game.”

The Frogs (23-13), who struggled from the field, trailed 51- 40 after three quarters.

TCU shot 33 percent, including Jordan Moore who was 3 of 12. She had made 30 of 35 shots in the first four games of the WNIT but was 3 of 10 from the field in the first half. Amy Okonkwo was 4 of 12.

The Hoosiers (22-14) took advantage of Frogs miscues. Indiana scored 17 points off TCU turnovers and outscored the Frogs 13-5 in fastbreak points.