This might be the closest the two teams have been in a few years, and it makes for an intriguing matchup in Fort Worth.
TCU’s skill corps has promise. It includes running back Darius Anderson and receivers Kavontae Turpin and Jalen Reagor, who combined for 2,546 all-purpose yards in 2017. Turpin was one of the Big 12’s most dangerous return men last year and could claim the top spot now.
It’s not certain who will distribute the ball, but there’s a very good chance sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson seizes the job. He was the 2016-17 Gatorade Texas Player of the Year — a difficult feat — and appeared in six games last season, including a start in TCU’s victory against Texas Tech.
Yeah, we know who number one is.
No one should ever question how TCU head coach Gary Patterson is able to piece together his defenses. It was effective in 2017 and should be again this year. TCU allowed well under one rushing touchdown per game last year and just 3.0 yards per carry. Moreover, in a pass happy conference, the Frogs giving up just over 1.5 passing touchdowns per game is very impressive.
TCU held Texas to its lowest point total of the 2017 campaign. Sandwiched between a pair of wins over Baylor and Kansas, Texas found itself not even putting up double digits on the scoreboard in a 24-7 loss to TCU. Texas needs to hope that the offense is rolling by the time TCU comes to town at the end of September.
Thanks for the support, Tigers! And yes, please double dip and come to the SMU game in your purple - I can guarantee there will be plenty of seats available in HP.
TCU: Gary Patterson enters his 19th season at TCU. He’s led them to 11+ win seasons in the Conference USA, Mountain West, and Big 12. A private school with about 10,000 students, the Horned Frogs have quite a few obstacles to compete against the bigger public schools in their conference like Texas, Oklahoma, Iowa State, and Texas Tech (all >30,000 students). Nevertheless, over the last four seasons only Oklahoma has more wins (just two more) among Big 12 schools.
TCU is the most defense-oriented team in the Big 12 and now that they don’t have to face Mayfield or Rudolph, those numbers should improve. They’ve brought in some more highly rated offensive recruits so if their O-line can gel in time, they can compete for the Big 12 title.
Lastly, they play at SMU on a in Week 2. For the hardcore fan making the trip to the Clemson at Texas A&M game, a double-dip is in play. Do it!
If Doc is on the field, he’s going to impress. Period.
Coach Jay Gruden said last week’s MRI coming back clear meant no reason for alarm, and the young wide receiver reported feeling good and looks the part early in camp. Health is half the battle for Doctson, who at 6-foot-2 with good hands and instincts has the chance to be a dynamic part of Washington’s offense.
”He can definitely be one of the top receivers in this league with his leaping ability and his size and him being able to run down the field,” fellow wideout Jamison Crowder said. “The main thing is just him staying healthy. If he can stay healthy, man, he has all the potential.”
Thankfully, Gresh is doing well post op, and the tumor was benign.
“As soon as it pops up, I see like this white mass in the corner and I feel like my heart go into my feet and I’m just like, what is that,” said Gresham.
A biopsy showed the tumor was benign, but after getting a second opinion six weeks later, Gresham had a new sense of urgency.
Doctors told him the tumor could get dangerous fast, and the surgery is risky.
”There’s a real chance you could have complete facial paralysis,” he said doctors told him.
”To think, to be like, standing over my newborn daughter and I can’t express anything, it just makes me cry even thinking about that,” said Gresham.
”I had like a breakdown just thinking about, like, oh my gosh, I’m about to have a baby and my husband’s going to have surgery,” said Matti.