Speed, baby. And the Frogs have two of the fastest around.
7. Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU
Could Gladney beat Stanford’s Bryce Love in a 40-yard dash? We’d love to line them up for one, but in terms of football speed, the nod must go to Gladney after the Horned Frogs junior ran the Cardinal RB down from behind, without the benefit of a pursuit angle, on a breakaway run in the Alamo Bowl last year (third play in this clip). TCU has clocked Gladney as low as 4.34 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He also made an outstanding pick against Texas Tech last year, which he returned 94 yards for a score.
Cannon has become one of the greatest success stories of the Gary Patterson era. Pretty cool series from Stefan on former Frogs still involved in pro sports.
After redshirting as a freshman out of Odessa High School in 2006, Cannon played in 46 of 48 games for TCU from 2007-2010, that includes every game in 2009 and 2010 when the Horned Frogs went 25-1 and went to consecutive BCS bowls, including a Rose Bowl championship. He was Andy Dalton’s left tackle during the 13-0 2010 season after playing on the right side his first three seasons. Cannon remains active with TCU and is one of many players who usually make it back for alumni week each spring.
The future is oh-so-bright in Funky Town.
It’s not exactly a surprise to any Big 12 fans, but the Horned Frogs’ defense — which has become a staple of the program during the Patterson era — is most responsible for where TCU ended up on the list. The Horned Frogs are coming off a 2017 campaign in which they recorded a second-half shutout in six consecutive contests, and seven straight without allowing a second-half touchdown. An anonymous Big 12 coach even told ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg that TCU has several defensive returners that “I wish would have left.”
While TCU’s future quarterback ranking was noticeably lower at No. 22, the Horned Frogs have no shortage of talent behind center with two young, dual-threat quarterbacks: sophomore Shawn Robinson and freshman Justin Rogers. Ivy League transfer Michael Collins also impressed during the spring, and the Horned Frogs picked up a 2019 commitment from dual-threat quarterback Max Duggan, who is rated a 4-star prospect by the 247Sports composite.
Shawn Robinson. Justin Rogers. Michael Collins. Max Duggan.
The QB room for Sonny Cumbie stays loaded.
Carlton: Robinson is an interesting situation. People forget just how good he was in high school, total package both running and throwing. Lot of playmakers at receiver for TCU, too.
Bell: I’m certainly not trying to create controversy, but I think it’s a good situation for TCU with blue-chip QB Justin Rogers waiting in the wings, too. It’s Robinson’s job, but I think whenever there’s competition in the QB room, it’s a good thing. Less of a chance for complacency to set in.