Third best D Line and second best Secondary? Hmm...
Oklahoma State, Baylor and TCU are each projected to finish 5-4 in conference play in Athlon’s Big 12 predictions. The Cowboys get the nod at No. 4, as coach Mike Gundy’s team has a favorable schedule – TCU, Baylor, Oklahoma and Kansas State all visit Stillwater – and an offense loaded with potential once again. Redshirt freshman Spencer Sanders is the frontrunner to replace Taylor Cornelius under center, with talented playmakers like Tylan Wallace (WR) and Chuba Hubbard (RB) rounding out the supporting cast. Baylor is a program on the rise under coach Matt Rhule. Last season, the Bears improved their win total by six games from a 1-11 mark in 2017. Another step forward appears to be within reach, especially with more progression out of quarterback Charlie Brewer and a defense that brings back six starters. TCU is a wild card team to watch. Coach Gary Patterson’s team is always dangerous, but the Horned Frogs feature uncertainty at quarterback and some new standouts must emerge on defense.
There will be a lot of questions to answer, but none bigger than quarterback.
Is this a comeback season for TCU?
Carlton: The trend line says yes, that Gary Patterson teams almost always bounce from down seasons in a big way. The lack of clarity at quarterback -- where TCU has, what, six bodies in the QB room -- and the Sewo Olonilua arrest cloud things in a big way. The non-conference game at Purdue might provide an early indicator where TCU stands.
Lots of familiar names on this list, including Trevone Boykin, Foster Sawyer, Nick Orr, and Paul Dawson.
This is the first of eight XFL Summer Showcases taking place this month. Today’s event is taking place in Dallas Texas. The showcase is for invited players only. The list is broken down to 50 Offensive players and 50 Defensive players.
If Nembhard can play the point, that opens up a lot of options for Jamie Dixon.
Point Guard: R.J. Nembhard
A former four-star recruit, R.J. Nembhard saw action off the bench as a redshirt freshman for TCU last season. In 36 games, with eight starts, Nembhard averaged four points per game. With the departures of Robinson and Davis, Nembhard is an easy choice to at least start the season running the point.
Shooting Guard: Desmond Bane
Back for his senior season, TCU’s leading scorer Desmond Bane should be a popular pick to be on the Big-12 First-Team. Bane is a gifted scorer and has what it takes to carry an offense. With Noi and Miller gone, Bane will be tasked with being the top scoring threat almost the entire time that he is on the floor. I would expect a huge season from Bane in his final go around in Fort Worth.