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TCU News: “We’ll let everybody pick us where they want to pick us”

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Gary Patterson is ready to be an underdog again.

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Football:

State of the Program: TCU looks forward to showing what it can do at full strength | The Athletic

When The Athletic writes about the Frogs, it’s generally very good.

The Horned Frogs have most of their offense coming back, though there’s a wide-open battle at quarterback. They’re replacing nine defenders who started seven or more games last season. But Patterson likes this group. He senses their team chemistry is “far better than it was a year ago.” Their young contributors are growing up. Their injured leaders will be back soon. And that has TCU ready to reload and be dangerous yet again this fall.

“We’ll let everybody pick us where they want to pick us,” Patterson said. “We seem to play better on those years when everybody doesn’t care where we’re at and what we do.”

More details emerge from the arrest of TCU RB Sewo Olonilua | The Star-Telegram

Assuming he is jailed, Sewo will likely be punished by TCU by not kicked off the team for what he had on him.

That’s when the officer discovered a vape pen containing a brown liquid substance on the front passenger seat, and determined it was liquid THC. He then saw a black plastic bag in the rear seat containing Rice Krispies Treats that had a label saying it contained “300 MG of THC,” also known as marijuana edibles.

The officer also wrote on his statement that he saw a gold metal grinder containing marijuana residue.

Olonilua faces charges of a third-degree felony for possession of controlled substances of greater than or equal to 1 gram and less than 4 grams. He also was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor.

Why Jason Verrett is a difference-maker when healthy | Pro Football Focus

If he can stay on the field, he’s a steal for the 49ers.

Jason Verrett is small in stature, standing at just 5’10” and 188 lbs., but his lightning-quick speed and surprising physicality can give receivers fits as they struggle to find separation. In 2015, Verrett used his physicality and impressive speed to shut down the dreaded go route: he saw 17 such targets but allowed just five catches and a passer rating of 18.6, all while corralling two interceptions. Verrett wasn’t just a one-trick pony, either, as the second-year cornerback allowed a passer rating of 60.0 or less on quick outs, in routes, comebacks and hitches.

When Jason Verrett is on the field and healthy, he has the capability to be one of the league’s best cover corners, wreaking havoc on opposing offenses by locking down his side of the field and using impressive ball skills to produce splash plays. In the play below, you can see Verrett covering Antonio Brownand refusing to give up ground and utilizing his trademark physicality to impede the star receiver, all while keeping his eyes on the quarterback before leaping in front of Brown to break up the pass.

Baseball:

He’s projected as a Top 10 pick. But TCU’s Nick Lodolo unfazed by upcoming MLB Draft | The Star-Telegram

Lodolo is going to make the most of his last innings as a Horned Frog before moving on to the Major Leagues.

“Having gone through [the draft] once already, I know there’s nothing you can do about it. You just sit and wait. So go out this week and pitch well again and it’ll take care of itself.”

When Lodolo pitches again remains to be seen. It could be on Friday in the opener when TCU faces Cal. Or TCU may feel its best chance to win the regional is with Lodolo starting a possible game against host Arkansas at some point this weekend.

The TCU-Arkansas matchup may never come to fruition, but coach Jim Schlossnagle clearly wants to have his best arm rested and ready if it does.

As Schlossnagle said, “Pitching against Cal in Arkansas’ ballpark versus pitching against Arkansas in Arkansas’ ballpark is two different things. We’ve got to think about who can handle that the best.”