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TCU News: Frogs ready to grind it out, Big 12 thankful for TCU

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Danny Mourning


Iowa State football: 5 things to know about TCU | The Gazette

It does feel like Turp has been at TCU forever.

We all remember Kansas basketball’s Perry Ellis, right? The 6-foot-8 forward was seemingly in college for about 25 years.

It feels like TCU’s Kavontae Turpin has been a returner and receiver for TCU since the Horned Frogs joined the Big 12. Turpin never redshirted and he made the FWAA’s Freshman All-America Team as a returner.

Turpin has been nationally recognized as a returner every year he’s been at TCU, allegedly since 2015.

The 5-foot-9, 155-pound Turpin is an absolute burner. Turpin averaged over 30 yards per kick return last season and he’s just as dangerous on punts, averaging 16.3 yards per return.

He has at least one punt or kick return touchdown every season he’s been at TCU, including one in 2018.

Gary Patterson happy to be home against an Iowa State team that will make TCU ‘grind it out’ | Sports Day

A good ol’ fashion defensive battle might be just what the doctor ordered for the Horned Frogs.

Home-cooking won’t win ballgames by itself, but it can help in terms of preparation.

”We need a big crowd and we need to get ourselves going,” Patterson said on the Big 12’s weekly media teleconference.

Sweltering heat chased away much of the crowd for TCU’s season opener. This week’s crowd should be better. The opponent? Iowa State, who upset the Frogs in Ames last season.

”They’ll make you grind it out,” Patterson said, referring to the Cyclones’ defense.

Big 12’s Bowlsby: TCU has been wonderful addition; ‘bullish’ on future of conference | The Star-Telegram

Well, yeah.

“Gary Patterson is one of the great football coaches of the United States and he’s going to be in the College Football Hall of Fame one day,” Bowlsby said. “Having Jamie Dixon join, the baseball program has been strong under Schloss, so there’s just a lot of great things going on there.”

Bowlsby went on to rave about TCU’s new athletics director Jeremiah Donati and chancellor Victor Boschini for their influence and input on the league.

“Jeremiah Donati is a superstar,” Bowlsby said. “Victor Boschini is very influential and active on our board of directors. So TCU has a big footprint in the Big 12. TCU is in great shape.”

Pro Frogs:

Former TCU player was ‘star of the game’ against Cowboys, according to Russell Wilson | The Star-Telegram

Hunt took advantage of his opportunity.

But one former Frogs standout was busy making the most of his start at center in the NFL on Sunday.

Due to an injury to the team’s starter, center Joey Hunt was pressed into action when his team hosted the Dallas Cowboys.