Luper is such a gift to this program. The skill and swagger he has instilled in the RBs has made it one of the strengths of the team annually.
How big was it for you guys to see Jalen Reagor emerge those last two games of the season and how big of a target will he be this season?
“That’s a quarterback’s best friend when you have a guy over there that runs a 10.3 100-meter and he’s one-on-one with the corner like he was that one play we saw at the Alamo Bowl. Jalen just continues to get better. He works extremely hard and has a great father that instilled a lot of that hard work and work ethic in him. We need people to double Jalen so we can run the football as well and if they don’t we’re going to throw it over their head.”
It’s great to have Hill back on campus and with the program.
“He’s a calming influence to those guys. He can sometimes decipher what I’m trying to tell them if I’m not coaching it in a very clear manner. You try to be black and white in how you teach things, but he’s been through it.”
Hill, a standout at Southlake Carroll, transferred to TCU from Texas A&M. He won the starting quarterback job in 2016 and 2017, leading the Horned Frogs to two bowl games including a No. 9 ranking at the end of last season.
It should be a win-win situation for all involved.
“He’s been through the highest of highs and the lowest of lows,” Cumbie said. “So he has a really calm demeanor. They know what he’s gone through and they listen to him. I’m excited that he’s here. I anticipate him being a big help for us.”
Hopefully this is the last we hear of this incident.
But Small shouldn’t have given the polarizing Baker Mayfield the benefit of the doubt that day.
“We were running down the back of the end zone, they [the Sooners] were doing their warmup drills and doing a little regular throwing and stuff and, as soon as I turn around and look and see … Boom!,” Small said. “I thought it was an accident. Like I didn’t think nothing of it. I was like, ‘OK, accident.’ So I kept running and then I look and Baker is over there clapping like, ‘Yeah,’ looking at me. I was like, ‘OK, I guess that was for me.’”