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TCU News: Who will breakout for TCU in the fall?

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TCU has several intriguing young players ready to make their moves.

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Football:

Legendary Newton football coach W.T. Johnston dies | Chron.com

Johnston was the coach of TCU signees Darwin Barlow and Josh Foster, as well as commit James Sylvester. It is a huge loss for those young men and high school football altogether, as he was an inspiration to many.

As his player’s went to go shake hands at midfield, Johnston —with his glasses raised on top of his head and the tubes from his oxygen tank still in his nose— shared his testimony in an interview that went viral.

It was Johnson’s final game as the head coach of the Eagles. He announced his retirement earlier this spring since his vision was beginning to worsen.

In late April, Drew was promoted to take his father’s place as the new head football coach and athletic director for Newton.

W.T. Johnston spent 20 years working for Newton ISD, according to a release by Newton ISD. He was hired as the school’s athletic director and head football coach in 2010. During his tenure, W.T. Johnston took the Eagles to the state championship game three times (2014, 2017, 2018).

He had a special bond with his players that showed in how they respected him. TCU running back commit Darwin Barlow has been by Johnston’s side since he was in the eighth grade, and often carried his coach’s oxygen tank for him.

Two other seniors, Josh Foster and James Sylvester, each committed to playing football for TCU next season as well.

Plainview’s Nowell commits to TCU | KXII News 12

The big wide receiver should be a great fit for the Frogs.

Nowell has been a very dangerous weapon for the Indians on both the offensive side of the ball, and on special teams.

On top of being a huge target, Nowell also has speed. He finished with a bronze medal at the 4A state track meet in the 400.

The 6’4’’ junior was recruited by several Big 12 teams including Oklahoma, Kansas State, Kansas, Oklahoma State and Iowa State.

TCU fall breakout candidates: Is the Big 12 about to meet ex-South Grand Prairie standout Atanza Vongor? | Sports Day

Vongor was hurt before his season began last year, but one of the top recruits of the class of 2018 has star potential.

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TCU fans have yet to see what the No. 5 safety from Texas in the Class of 2018 is capable of after Vongor sustained a lower-body injury in fall camp last August -- one that forced him to miss the entire season and this spring. Patience will be required for the South Grand Prarie High School product who hasn’t stepped on the field in nine-months, but once healthy, his ceiling is sky-high. If he turns heads in fall camp, Vongor can become a valuable addition to a TCU secondary already highlighted by Jeff Gladney and Trevon Moehrig-Woodard, among others.

Baseball:

TCU can’t finish sweep of Kansas but is making strides. ‘We showed some character’ | The Star-Telegram

One more home game tonight.

Despite the disappointing ninth inning, Schlossnagle has been pleased with the Horned Frogs’ play in the past two weeks since previously losing eight of nine games.

“We had really good starting pitching, we pitched well out of the bullpen, we got timely hits and we showed some character,” said Schlossnagle, whose team has won five of seven. “I hate losing more than anybody else, but I feel good about that.”

Kansas led 1-0 until the fourth when Johnny Rizer hit a towering solo home run to deep right field. It was Rizer’s eighth long ball, tying him with Guenther for the team lead.

Rizer then saved a run for the Frogs in the seventh.

A two-out double by Jayhawks right fielder Casey Burnham was followed by a sharp single to center by Wagner. Burnham tried to score on the play, but a strong throw from Rizer nailed Burnham at the plate.

The Horned Frogs final regular-season home game will be on Tuesday against Lamar. Game time is 6:30 p.m.