Barber is a difference-maker for the Frogs — making his own impact and opening up things for Reagor.
Against Texas, he finished with 94 yards on five catches. He’ll look to keep building going into Saturday’s game at Oklahoma State.
“It’s been real tough, real tough,” Barber said. “Just in and out of the training room all day every day, since fall camp. So to get back on the field last week was a big thing for me, and following this week we just had to put together a win.”
TCU had been counting on Barber to play a significant role in its offense. This is a guy who had 303 yards receiving on 32 catches last season, playing in all 13 games including seven starts. He was just the second player to have a reception in every game as a true freshman in the Gary Patterson era.
If Tylan Wallace is indeed out for this weekend (rumors are swirling but nothing has been confirmed), the Frogs can key more on Hubbard defensively. That would certainly change the way most feel about the game.
TEXAS CHRISTIAN 34 OKLAHOMA STATE 24
Both teams are feeling the pressure to get to six wins and secure a bowl spot in seasons that haven’t gone as well as hoped. These teams are pretty evenly matched and while it should be a pretty good game I think Gary Patterson’s defensive expertise is the difference. TCU won’t be able to keep OSU’s Chuba Hubbard from 100+ yards and a touchdown or two but they will be able to keep him from being dominate and wining the game. After taking away the quick, easy, outside throws from Spencer Sanders they get a few picks over the middle that seal the fate of the Cowboys by stopping multiple drives. The Frog’s Max Duggan has an efficient but boring day against a Poke defense that is suddenly playing better but he does just enough with his legs to keep drives going and lead his team in rushing again. TCU’s Jalen Reagor goes off and gets a touchdown receiving, rushing, and on a return in the win.
Dickerson, who played at SMU from 1979-82, is rejoicing the Mustangs’ 8-0 start as a previously disgruntled alumnus who once suggested the school shut down the program “if they aren’t going to support it.”
Dickerson said the success of TCU the past 20 years has made No. 15 SMU’s struggles even tougher to stomach. Same goes for Baylor, which is 7-0. He said most of this with a wink.
“Oh my God, are you kidding me? It drove me freaking crazy,” Dickerson said of TCU’s success. “I’m like, ‘How in the world? The Horned Frogs in Fort Worth, Texas — nothing wrong with Fort Worth, I’m just saying — are better than us and we’re right in the heart of [Dallas]? It drove me crazy.”
So many new faces, but we are just a week away from getting to know them!
Looking ahead to 2019-20: Turnover is one thing. What TCU is experienced last season is insane. Not only did TCU lose three starters — including Robinson, one of the best passers in the country — but a half-dozen players entered the transfer portal either during last season or after its conclusion. The result is a roster that it going to be the Big 12’s ultimate work in progress. Bane is one of the conference’s most talented offensive players. Samuel should turn into a double-double machine. After that? Well, there is Nembhard, who should find a more substantial role as a sophomore. After that there are 11 freshmen or redshirt freshmen on the roster, along with grad transfers that can play immediately. There are also a couple of other holdovers from last year, Dylan Arnette and Russell Barlow, who barely played a year ago. How Dixon fashions together an eight- or nine-player rotation will be interesting to watch. Some of these true freshman are going to have to play right away. Fuller, Smith and Farabello are the most likely options. TCU will have to lean heavily on Bane and Samuel until the rest of this rotation rounds into form.
Media Day quote: “I’ve embraced it. We’re going to have transfers. When you make it easier, the rules, the grad transfers, the waivers, it’s got everybody talking about every kid transfers thinking they’re going to be eligible right away. That’s how guys are being recruited, kids are being moved. AAU guys, you’ll be eligible right away.” — TCU head coach Jamie Dixon on transfers.