Will Myers hold off McKinney? We will begin to find out today.
The biggest question mark may be left tackle. Austin Myers has won the job this fall, beating out JUCO transfer Anthony McKinney.
Both Myers and McKinney will play in the season opener, though, and Patterson has said good thing about each. This is a position to keep an eye on as the season progresses.
But it’s safe to say the Frogs feel good about the O-line going into the season.
“Everyone is versatile,” right guard Trey Elliott said. “We have more leadership and higher energy. Our chemistry is on fire. It’s a good start to my senior year.”
It’s cliche, but it’s true for TCU - one game at a time.
The message has at least gotten through to his players before the 16th-ranked Horned Frogs play their season opener Saturday against SWAC team Southern University.
”Our sole purpose is to come out this week with a good mindset, and come ready to play against Southern,” said senior defensive end Ben Banogu, the preseason Big 12 defensive player of the year. “That’s who we’ve been game planning for, and that’s the team we’ve been looking to play. We’ll take one week at a time. This week is Southern.”
It’s going to be a hot one, but GP has a reason for wanting the early kickoff.
“These games here what you want to do is make sure you control what you can control which is how well your team will play, takeaways, turnovers, penalties,” he said. “That’s where we’re at right now.”
Kickoff is at 11am and temperatures are expected to hit the high 90’s on Saturday. It may make for a brutal day for fans inside Amon G. Carter Stadium and Patterson will take the blame. He has the next opponent to prepare for.
“Everybody can blame me because we play a Friday night game the next week so we’re off the field by two o’clock. We want to start getting ready for the next opponent because you’re going to have a short week.”
I reached out to The Advocate about a Q&A... and heard nothing. But Drew gave them the Heim rec, so I guess they didn’t really need me.
When it comes to former blue-chip recruits, sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson and sophomore wide receiver Jalen Reagor are the headliners. Venture over to the defense, however, and seniors Ben Banogu and Ty Summers will likely be causing headaches for the Jaguars as they line-up at defensive end. Both are what you may call feel good stories -- a pair of former 2-star recruits who have since terrorized opposing Big 12 offenses since finding their way into Patterson’s system. In a span of two years, Banogu has gone from sitting out the season after transferring from Louisiana-Monroe to now being named the preseason Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year.
In short, a lot of players could be coming through in the clutch for TCU this weekend. Just don’t limit that list to the top stars.
Trap Game Alert!
Week 2: TCU at SMU. This is actually the only FBS game on the schedule for Sept. 7, sandwiched between the NFL’s opening night and college football’s Week 2. TCU likely minded the short week less than most, knowing it would get an extra day of rest before a primetime showdown with Ohio State in Arlington the following weekend. New SMU coach Sonny Dykes spent last year across town as an offensive analyst on Gary Patterson’s staff.