Yeah, I would be cool with this. Though I hope a healthy Justin Rogers renders a high-profile grad transfer needless.
That would be none other than Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts, who led the Crimson Tide to back-to-back national championship game appearances as the Crimson Tide’s starter during both the 2016 and 2017 seasons before being benched in favor of Tua Tagovailoa midway through last year’s national title game victory vs. Georgia.
With Tagovailoa taking over the starting job and national limelight in Tuscaloosa this past fall en route to a fourth straight national title game trip for Alabama and finishing as the Heisman Trophy runner-up, Hurts -- despite leading the Crimson Tide to a comeback victory over Georgia in the SEC Championship Game in relief of an injured Tagovailoa -- seems poised to take his talents elsewhere in 2019. Bleacher Report named TCU as the No. 2 most likely destination for Hurts in the event that he transfers, so don’t call the idea of Hurts to Fort Worth too far-fetched.
Possibly the most under-appreciated defensive started, the man they called Ray held this unit together.
This award truly could’ve gone to a number of players; Banogu, Collier, Gladney, Wallow…but I went with Issahaku because like Reagor, I couldn’t imagine where this team would’ve been without him defensively. In talking with folks around the program, it wasn’t the aforementioned names that were brought up as a key why TCU was good on defense, it was Issahaku’s name brought up the most. For a player that I was literally told wasn’t expected to even be on the field this season for TCU (he was also not listed on preseason media guide) to come back and have the season he did was truly remarkable. He finished with a team-high 80 tackles, 2 sacks and recorded 2 interceptions. Perhaps his best game was against Baylor where he recorded a key sack and had an interception. TCU finished the season with the Big 12’s top ranked defense and top pass defense; Issahaku was in my opinion the biggest reason why.
All those good basketball memories preceding what should be an even better 2019.
Jan. 2 (TCU 81, Baylor 78 OT): After a close loss to Oklahoma to start Big 12 play, TCU responded with its first win at Baylor since 2002. The Frogs got it done in overtime.
Jan. 22 (TCU 82, West Virginia 73): You can’t go wrong with a Big Monday hoops game, and the Frogs knocked off No. 7 West Virginia before a packed house at Schollmaier Arena.
Feb. 27 (TCU 66, K-State 59): A win that ensured TCU wouldn’t have a losing Big 12 record and virtually assured its spot in the NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats ended up being an Elite Eight team.
This should be a fun one tonight.
The Mountaineers enter league play leading the Big 12 in scoring defense, scoring margin, free-throw percentage, 3-point field goal percentage defense, steals and turnover margin.
TCU enters Wednesday’s contest with a 10-1 overall mark with the team’s lone loss of the season coming on Nov. 23 when they fell to BYU, 61-58. TCU has defeated SMU (65-53), San Diego State (81-64), Army (63-38) and Mississippi (55-50) among others this season.
Senior center Jordan Moore leads the team in both scoring and rebounding, at 16.3 points and 7.1 rebounds per game.
Junior guard Kianna Ray boasts a team-best 62 assists (5.6 apg) and 25 steals (2.3 spg) to go with 11.1 points per game, while senior forward Amy Okonkwo also averages in double figures, scoring 10.3 points per contest.