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What flummoxed Ohio State is now Texas’ problem.

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Big 12 football: TCU’s Shawn Robinson is growing into role as starter | Austin Statesman

We can appreciate what we have in Shawn Robinson as he continues to grow as a QB.

Patterson’s quarterback recruiting has been stellar the last two years.

Robinson was the highest-rated quarterback recruit Patterson ever signed. He started his high school career at Denton Guyer, a state powerhouse. He transferred to DeSoto for his senior season and led the Eagles to a 16-0 season record and the Class 6A Division II state championship. Within weeks of winning the title, he’d enrolled at TCU. The 247Sports composite ranked Robinson as the 198th best recruit in the country. He was sixth nationally among dual threat quarterbacks.

Patterson then signed Justin Rogers, who was the marquee name of the class of 2018. Rogers, who is from Bossier City, La., was rated as the No. 3 dual threat quarterback in the country and No. 43 overall. But he’s still recovering from a major knee injury he suffered last season and has been held out of the first three games.

So it’s Robinson’s show. He’s thrown for 644 yards and run for 119. There are his five touchdown passes. Then there are the three interceptions. With young quarterbacks, coaches know they must take the good with the bad. But they hope the quarterbacks don’t dwell too much on the bad.

TCU’s Alec Dunham is a ‘senior that nobody talked about before the season stepping up’ | The Star-Telegram

Dunham has been really good so far for a team that has needed him to be.

“At TCU, we have a different standard of practice, so Coach P is holding us to that standard. That’s what we have to do,” said Dunham, who is from Coldspring.

“I do try to take pride and try to emphasize the fact to go out every day and go hard. Do the best that I can do. I might not be perfect, but I do try to emulate that. I try to go out and be hard, be aggressive, attack the game plan, attack the day.”

It’s worked out so far for Dunham. Outside of his impact plays the past two weeks, he ranks sixth on the team with 12 tackles, including tying for the team-lead with five in the opener against Southern.

ABC’s Saturday Night Football: Ohio State vs. TCU – More than 7.3 Million Viewers, Most-Watched Game of the Year on any Network; ESPN/ABC Up 27% on Saturday | ESPN Media Zone

Guess TCU is nationally appealing after all.

Ohio State at TCU Leads to 41% Year-Over-Year Audience Increase

ABC’s Saturday Night Football featuring Ohio State vs. TCU (8 p.m. ET) is the most-watched game of the season on any network, delivering a total live audience of 7,328,000 viewers. The telecast is ABC’s most-watched regular season game in more than a calendar year (Oklahoma at Ohio State on Sept. 9, 2017) and up 41% from last season’s week 3 SNF game.

TCU’s team speed will provide challenge for Texas | Burnt Orange Nation

These Frogs are FAST.

“I think offensively going side-to-side is probably not — there’s going to be times and places for it, but in the run game you’ve got to go vertically a little bit,” Herman said. “You’ve got to try to push some of these athletes off the ball a little bit, and find creases, and when they try to use their athleticism to avoid blocks, you have to make sure your running game is in sync with that.”

Patterson’s ability to effectively teach his defense helps players like Gaines make quick, decisive reads, while Banogu’s explosiveness and Gladney’s pure speed can cause problems at the line of scrimmage and in the secondary.

So there’s a remarkable amount of speed on both sides of the ball given that only one of the players on this list was a consensus four-star prospect — that’s the essence of what Patterson so successful.