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TCU News: Blacklock back, TCU sixth-best (?) job in the Big 12?

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Athlon Sports seems to be undervaluing the Horned Frogs desirability.

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Football:

Ohio State ex QB Matthew Baldwin opens up on transferring to TCU | The Star-Telegram

There’s no guarantee that Baldwin will be eligible to play this fall, or that he will win the job if so. But, having another talented player won’t be a bad thing for the Frogs.

Baldwin expects to get on campus next month with the rest of the incoming class, and is hopeful that the NCAA grants the waiver.

Either way, he sees TCU as a great opportunity for him to see the field at some point, whether it’s in 2019 or down the road.

“You have to fight for everything,” Baldwin said. “Nowhere is going to be a perfect situation where they say, ‘We need you to come here and start for us.’ But I am a confident player.

“I knew there would be competition at Ohio State and know there’s competition at TCU. But I’m looking at it as a good chance to play at some point in my career here.”

TCU football: What QB Matthew Baldwin’s addition means for the Horned Frogs | DCTF

Yikes.

Since joining the conference in 2012, seven scholarship high school quarterbacks have enrolled at TCU. Duggan and Rogers are still on campus. Robinson and Grayson Muehlstein are the only two to start a game – the latter out of pure necessity.

The seven high school quarterback recruits have combined to complete 55.9 percent of their passes for 2,324 yards, 18 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. Four transferred. Muehlstein is the only one to finish his eligibility with the team. Last year is when the departures really bit TCU, as the Horned Frogs didn’t have particularly good options after Robinson didn’t pan out.

Quarterback transfers are a bigger part of the sport than ever, so it’s right for Patterson to be prepared. This is the new normal. If Rogers is still struggled with nerve damage in his lower body, there’s even more reason to get more bodies in the quarterback room, especially a talented one.

TCU DT Ross Blacklock cleared to return to the football field | 247 Sports

A HUGE development for the Horned Frogs, who also got good news with the clearance of safety Innis Gaines.

The 6-foot-4, 326-pounder is regarded as one of the Frogs’ top defensive players and as one of the top defensive tackles in the Big 12. As a redshirt freshman in 2017, Blacklock recorded 27 tackles with 6.5 tackles for loss and 2 sacks. He was named the Big 12 Co-Defensive Freshman of the Year and was named FWAA Freshman All-American.

TCU head coach Gary Patterson mentioned during the spring that Blacklock was on the road to recovery.

“With that size and weight it’s about an 8-10 month ordeal; you just want to be smart. He’s back running and doing all the things. He’s pushing on bags, he’s just not doing this,” Patterson said about Blacklock during spring camp.

Blacklock was rated as a four-star in the 2016 recruiting class and regarded as one of the top defensive tackles in the nation. Despite his injury last season, Blacklock is considered a top prospect at his position by some NFL experts.

Athlon Sports ranks the Big 12’s best coaching jobs for 2019 | Horns 247

SIXTH?!! SIXTH???? LOL behind Tech and WVU... okay.

Athlon Sports Ranking: “Thanks to the jump from the Mountain West to the Big 12 and a significant commitment from the university (that included a renovated stadium), TCU has become a far more desirable job in the past decade. The Horned Frogs have been ranked in the final AP top 10 six times in the past 11 years.”