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TCU Football fills vacant OL coach role with current staff member

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Jarrett Anderson returns to a role he has filled before.

TCU Football practice (August 4, 2018)
TCU Football practice (August 4, 2018)
Melissa Triebwasser

Jarrett Anderson has been on Gary Patterson’s staff for 23 seasons, serving in a myriad of roles. According to Jeremy Clark, Patterson is moving him back to a position he has been in before, as it is being reported he will take over as offensive line coach with the departure of Chris Thomsen.

Anderson, who spent the last two seasons as inside receiver’s coach and has coached running backs in addition to the o-line, thrived in the trenches as part of a three-year stint that covered some of the best seasons in recent TCU history (2014-2016), helping several players matriculate to the NFL, Austin Schlottmann, Aviante Collins, Joey Hunt, Halapoulivaati Vaitai, and Tayo Fabuluje

Coming to TCU as a graduate assistant in 1998, Anderson has long been by Patterson’s side. He has overseen all-conference performances from players like KaVontae Turpin, BJ Catalon, Ed Wesley, Jimmy Young, Corey Rodgers, and others. He helped set offensive records for the Frogs as co-OC in 2009 and 2010, when he worked alongside current Va Tech head coach Justin Fuente. The Frogs had one of the best offenses in the country in 2014 and 2015, and Anderson’s line helped pave the way for Kyle Hicks and Aaron Green to have thousand-yard seasons. It makes sense to slide him over to his old familiar role and keep some level of consistency for a 2020 signing class that is one of the strongest ever along the offensive line. He is also an ace recruiter, and should be able to keep the momentum that Thomsen had built in that area. Anderson was a big part of the recruitment of four star signee Garrett Hayes.

With the internal hire, TCU has two staff openings remaining on the offensive side of the ball. Patterson is expected to make outside hires for both the open running back and inside receivers coach role. Curtis Luper’s now-vacant co-OC role is also to be determined.