The freshmen and redshirt freshmen are making a difference for TCU’s defense.
Four freshmen or redshirt freshmen -- Ochaun Mathis, Colt Ellison, Ar’Darius Washington and Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson -- started for the Horned Frogs on defense against Baylor. Several more saw the field, including Nook Bradford, Kee’yon Stewart and Dee Winters.
With some attrition and a generally young football team, the Frogs haven’t done what many hoped they would this season. But Jeff Gladney and others know there’s still a lot to play for.
“We’ve just got to stick together,” senior cornerback Jeff Gladney said. “There’s four or five plays a game that we have to make. We just have to make our plays, and we’ll win our games.”
First year head coach Matt Wells has known Gary Patterson for a long time, and respects TCU a lot.
This is a program that I got a chance to coach against when I was in the Mountain West, but I’ve known Gary Patterson for a long time, since I was 18 years old. Coached me in college, and really the last six years as I’ve been a head coach he’s done a lot for me just in terms of helping me as a young head coach. He hadn’t talked to me I don’t think in 10 months, but before that I’ve known him for a long time. Great guy, one of the best coaches in the country, longest tenured — one of the longest tenured, and he knows I’ve got a tremendous amount of respect for him. And when I see his teams, they’re tough-nosed, they’re tough, hard-nosed.
I got Reagan Pebley...who did you get?
The grad transfer from George Mason is a welcomed presence in a young locker room. He’s happy to be at TCU, and knows what the opportunity is for him to contribute.
“I just saw the opportunity for me and I definitely saw these guys [Bane and Samuel],” Grayer said. “I saw it was a great team, a great coaching staff and saw an opportunity there for me so I thought it was a great fit.”