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TCU News: Frogs sport dynamic backfield, transfer bolsters women’s basketball

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TCU has a plethora of highly-touted backs in 2018.

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Football:

The Top 5 Returning Big 12 Quarterbacks to Watch in 2018 | Best College Sports

He doesn’t have a ton of snaps under his belt, but he’s played in a meaningful game. That’s more than a lot of the Big 12 QBs can say.

Shawn Robinson – TCULike Charlie Brewer, Shawn Robinson is another QB on the list who led his team to a Texas high school football state championship but also spent most of his time in 2017 as a backup. Kenny Hill has moved on to the Pros and it is Robinson’s time to shine. Robinson joined the TCU roster as a 4-star dual-threat QB and was the highest-rated QB recruit to ever sign with TCU. He has now spent a year in the TCU system, but he won’t have much time to ease into his new role as the offensive leader. Though TCU is expected to win against SMU, it is still a rivalry game, and the next week the Horned Frogs will host Ohio State.

Best in Texas offseason edition: Darius Anderson and Sewo Olonilua give TCU a ruthless ground attack | Sports Day

The Frogs have two dynamic returners, and two intriguing new players, in the fold in 2018. Should be a big year for the backfield.

Reece Graham: While quarterback and the offensive line remain major question marks, top rusher Darius Anderson returns for the Frogs alongside Sewo Olonilua, one of the more dynamic offensive weapons in the state. TCU’s air circus might prove more demoralizing for defenses than ever - with Jalen Reagor leading the deepest receiving corps that college football has seen in recent memory.

West Virginia Football: Ranking the Toughest Games on Their Schedule | Athlon Sports

Behind Oklahoma... and.... TEXAS? Hmm...

Speaking of consistency, TCU has posted double-digit wins in three of its last four seasons, including last year’s 11-3, Big 12 runner-up campaign. Gary Patterson is one of the most respected head coaches in college football, which is a major reason expectations remain high for the Horned Frogs despite losing a total of 12 starters from last year’s squad. Patterson is still the mastermind behind the TCU defense -- a unit that led the Big 12 in every major statistical category in 2017 -- and Ben Banogu, Ty Summers and Niko Small offer all-conference potential at each level. Assuming a new quarterback emerges, and electric playmaker KaVontae Turpin and running back Darius Anderson both step up, TCU should challenge for the Big 12 title again.

Athlon’s team-by-team rankings of SMU’s 2018 schedule | Bearcat Journal

Wait, the Ponies play AT Michigcan? Hooooooooo boy.

Athlon Sports: ”The Horned Frogs return the fewest starters (nine) of any Big 12 team for 2018. However, that won’t stop coach Gary Patterson’s team from contending for a spot in the conference title game once again. TCU led the Big 12 in scoring defense last year, limiting opponents to just 19 points a game and 5.07 yards a play. This unit suffered key losses at each level but should still rank near the top of the conference. End Ben Banogu is poised to wreak havoc off the edge after accumulating 8.5 sacks last fall, while linebacker Ty Summers should be among the best in the Big 12. Finding a cornerback to start opposite of Jeff Gladney and replacing safety Nick Orr are the top offseason priorities for Patterson’s defense. The rebuilding effort is greater on offense, but just like the defense, there’s a next wave of players ready to emerge. Sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson made one start in relief of Kenny Hill last season, and the former four-star prospect is ready to take over the full-time job. Robinson has a talented group of receivers at his disposal, including sophomore Jalen Reagor, KaVontae Turpin and Jaelan Austin. The strength of the offense is a stable of running backs that features Darius Anderson (768 yards last season), true freshman Fabian Franklin and Sewo Olonilua. The offensive line returns just two starters and is the biggest concern for Patterson’s offense. A non-conference game against Ohio State provides a huge opportunity in Week 3 and key Big 12 contests against Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Kansas State and Iowa State take place in Fort Worth.”

Basketball:

TCU women’s hoops adds South Dakota sharpshooting transfer | The Star-Telegram

This was announced earlier this summer, but it became official this week.

Bradley, a 5-foot-9 guard, played in 105 games over the last three seasons for SD, where she shot 43 percent from 3-point range. Her 194 3-pointers made is the fourth most in South Dakota program history. She scored 915 points in her USD career, averaging 8.7 points per game.

“Jaycee brings not only a high basketball IQ and ability to score, but she also brings a breadth of experience,” TCU head coach Raegan Pebley said in a press release. “She is a great competitor and a person who embraces a challenge. This next year will be so positive and valuable for her in building experience inside of our system and also relationships with everyone surrounding our TCU family.”