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TCU News: Blacklock’s journey, Feltman and Baker’s stock rising

An in-depth profile on TCU’s now-injured star will have you in your feels this Friday morning.

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Football:

TCU’s new QB will have talented skill players around him | Fox Sports

The wide receiver unit might be the deepest on the team.

Whoever is at quarterback for TCU will be surrounded by talented skill players. Speedy receivers Jalen Reagor and KaVontae Turpin have both shown their big-play ability, while Darius Anderson and Sewo Olonilua may be the best running back duo in the Big 12.

The big concern for the Horned Frogs is replacing four starting offensive linemen, and tight ends that provided additional protection.

TCU’s defense also took a big hit when 6-4, 329-pound athletic tackle Ross Blacklock suffered a season-ending Achilles injury during non-contact work in fall practice. Blacklock and Corey Bethley stood out as freshmen on the defensive line last season.

TCU season preview: What the Horned Frogs must do to make another run at the Big 12 title | Sports Day

Ohio State is sexy, sure. But, to me, it’s the matchup at Texas that signals the start of the season.

Sept. 22 vs. Texas: The Longhorns will be looking to stop a four-game losing streak against TCU when they meet in Austin on Sept. 22. TCU’s average margin of victory during that stretch is a whopping 30 points. If TCU can win its Big 12 opener, it paves the way for a potential 3-0 start in conference play before an Oct. 20 home game against Oklahoma.

His dad played for the Harlem Globetrotters. But this TCU star has sights set on NFL. | The Star-Telegram

This in-depth profile just makes me sad now that he’s hurt.

“We let Ross make his own decision. Never pushed him,” Jimmy said. “He did the whole thing himself. TCU was the first college camp he went to and the coaches were very, very excited about him.

“It’s been a great choice for him going to TCU. He loves the school, loves the campus. And I’ve got to thank the coaching staff, too, because they’re doing a great job and he’s becoming a gentleman and a man. Coach [Gary] Patterson and the rest of them are doing a phenomenal job because he’s kept his head on straight and been focused and doing everything we could ask.”

Baseball:

CARDINALS MINOR LEAGUE NOTEBOOK – AUGUST 15, 2018 | The Cardinal Nation

Baker continues to tear it up as he works his way up the Cardinals’ farm system.

Jesus Cruz’ impressive mound effort led Palm Beach to one of the St. Louis Cardinals system’s four Tuesday wins. Other top performances from Rangel Ravelo, Matt Pearce, Luken Baker and Benito Santiago, who went yard twice for Johnson City.

Results from the games played Tuesday, August 14th.

ROTY and long-term ceiling: Acuna vs. Soto | MLB Pipeline

Number three and rising.

3. Durbin Feltman, RHP, Red Sox’s No. 12 prospect: I could see the 2018 third-rounder topping this list soon enough. Jim Callis’ pick to be the first member of the Draft class to get to the big leagues, Feltman is already in the Carolina League, has a 28/3 K/BB ratio and a .167 BAA in 16 innings.