Best in the Big 12, sixth best in the country. Not bad, GP, not bad at all.
TCU has played a full season in three different conferences since Patterson became head coach, but the level of success never changes. The Horned Frogs are 167-63 overall since Patterson took over as head coach in the 2000 Mobile Alabama Bowl. During that span, the Horned Frogs have recorded 11 seasons of double-digit victories, including a perfect 13-0 campaign in 2010. TCU also finished 12-1 and just outside the top four for a bid to the CFB Playoff in 2014. The Horned Frogs have settled into the Big 12 with three winning marks in league play over the last five years.
It seems the whole country is on the bounce-back year train.
Patterson usually follows a mediocre year (few were happy about 7-6) with a monster year. If it happens in 2019, it will be done in large part because of seven starters returning on offense. ... Kansas State transfer Alex Delton is the top option at quarterback. He will compete with returnee Mike Collins and incoming freshman Max Duggan. ... Whoever wins the QB job will be throwing plenty of passes in the direction of Jalen Reagor, who caught 72 passes for 1,061 yards and nine touchdowns last season. ... Only five starters are back on defense, three in the secondary. ... The Horned Frogs will be tested in the second week when they travel to Purdue. In the Big 12, they travel to Iowa State, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma.
Coming off of an ACL injury, this small school athlete could fit a big need in the class of 2020 for the Frogs.
“Right now they’re evaluating me because I have good size and athleticism,” he said of TCU. “They’ve just got to evaluate me on the football field.”
Caldwell says he’s watched TCU in the past and feels he would fit in well with the program.
“They’re a good school and one of the top schools in Texas; it would be a nice program to be a part of,” he said.
As an athletic tight end, Caldwell hopes to play at a program that utilizes their tight end. The Frogs have made it a focus to recruit athletic tight ends so they can include them more in the offense.
“Mainly I’m just looking for a program where the tight end is always on the field or running more,” he said.
I think Blackshear starts ahead of Bowen early, but the injury-prone freak athlete is a better fit long term. Hopefully he stays healthy in 2019. Mathis, though, has looked like a future star since arriving on campus a year ago.
DE - Ochaun Mathis
As a redshirt freshman, Ochaun Mathis will be put into the difficult spot of having to replace the pass rush presence of L.J. Collier and Ben Banogu. While that is not an easy task, the coaching staff is confident in Mathis’ ability to do just that.
DE - Brandon Bowen
Like Mathis, Bowen will be counted on to replace the pass rush production from Collier and Banogu, both of whom graduated to the NFL last season.