Drew Davison nails it here.
But, at the end of the day, these are kids playing for — what we hope — is the “love of the game.” For an opportunity to continue their athletic careers as long as possible.
So, no, it’s not fair to label them as a “roster of rejects.” Robinson could’ve gone to Alabama, Ohio State, LSU and a number of other “blue-blood” programs.
He chose TCU. So did Darius Anderson, who could’ve gone to Texas, Texas A&M or Alabama.
Cornerback Noah Daniels could’ve gone to Notre Dame or Oklahoma. Do those schools recruit “rejects?”
Yes, the Frogs have done a nice job developing under-appreciated talent coming out of high school such as Ty Summers and Turpin. But that’s worthy of more than a backhanded compliment — at best — of being a “roster of rejects.”
Listen to the guys who play TCU. They’ll tell you what you need to know about this team.
This wasn’t really supposed to happen in 2018 for TCU. But it is, and it shows how dangerous the Horned Frogs could be in the future. Ahem. Maybe this year.
When asked if TCU is a playoff-quality team, Ohio State linebacker Malik Harrison didn’t have to pause: “I felt like it is. They have some great players … with their speed. So yeah.”
Patterson responded to Barton’s article by saying “there is no reason to degrade an athlete or any person for any reason let alone a click!”
But on Tuesday, as the Horned Frogs prepared to travel to Austin for a Saturday afternoon showdown with the Texas Longhorns and Tom Herman, one CBS Sports college football writer Barton Simmons attempted to give head coach Gary Patterson’s team a backhanded compliment in his latest article, labeling the Frogs a “roster of rejects.”
The Frogs, Pokes, ‘Eers, and....Longhorns?
Gary Patterson’s team is going to be a tough one to face in conference play. Its offense is especially fast: Jalen Reagor and the other receivers continually beat Ohio State on the perimeter, and running back Darius Anderson ripped off a 93-yard touchdown, which was the longest run in TCU history and longest play Ohio State has ever given up.
The Horned Frogs next face a Texas team looking for some momentum after a revenge victory over USC. That game will reveal what kind of Big 12 threat both of these teams will be moving forward.