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TCU News: Baseball shutout, three Frogs drafted

Ten more former Frogs signed free agent deals with NFL teams.

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Texas Tech’s Kilian Electric Against TCU | D1 Baseball

He had the TCU hitters off balance all night.

That’s precisely what happened, except Kilian did a little more than just set the tone. He was phenomenal.

“I’m really proud of the way he went out there and pitched. We needed a nice response, and it all starts on the bump,” Texas Tech coach Tim Tadlock said. “He established the fastball early in the game and he did a really good job of throwing off that.

“He was just really sharp tonight,” Tadlock said. “Last week, he was probably not commanding the ball as well. But tonight, he had command of three pitches.”


TCU tackle Matt Pryor, linebacker Travin Howard taken on Day 3 of NFL Draft | The Star-Telegram

Three Frogs were drafted in 2018, with ten more signing free agent deals.

The number of TCU football players in the NFL grew larger by two on Day 3 of the draft Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

The defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles selected Horned Frogs offensive tackle Matt Pryor in the sixth round with pick No. 206. In the seventh round, The Los Angeles Rams selected Horned Frogs linebacker Travin Howard with pick No. 231.

The Los Angeles Ram also took TCU offensive tackle Joseph Noteboom of Plano in Friday’s third round round with pick No. 89.

Chicago Bears UDFA signing: TCU Safety Nick Orr | Bear Goggles

A great fit for Orr, who has a real shot to make the team in Chicago, though he has lots of competition.

Nick Orr comes from an entire family of football players. His father, Terry Orr is a Super Bowl winning tight end from his time in Washington. He spent nine years in the NFL. His brother Chris plays at Wisconsin, and brother Zach retired from the Ravens recently. He also has a brother at North Texas.

Orr comes in with football smarts, football power, and a passion to hit. The question will be if he is athletic enough to make the full transition. Most would see him being a strong safety in the NFL playing in the box.

His downhill mentality and physical demeanor also makes him a good option for special teams. Still, he will have to fight through a crowded safety group to stand out.

Another one! TCU linebacker Travin Howard drafted 231st overall to the Los Angeles Rams | Sports Day

Travin had to wait a while, but those that have watched him in Fort Worth know his relentless work ethic will get him on the depth chart - possibly at safety.

Back to safety? Howard is a sideline to sideline defender who can get after the ball-carrier anywhere on the field. He’s undersized to play linebacker in the NFL, so transitioning back to safety -- his original high school position -- makes much more sense. It’s the best way for him to utilize his quickness and anticipatory feel for the game. League veteran Lamarcus Joyner is an ideal tutor for him.