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TCU News: “More good defenses from Gary Patterson’s bunch, but also more turmoil on offense.”

Will the offensive side of the ball catch up to the defense in 2019?

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Danny Mourning

Football:

10 things to know about TCU WR Jalen Reagor, a D-FW native with a family history of football talent | Sports Day

Reagor is strong, fast, and plays with just enough attitude.

Perhaps the best “Reagor-ism,” if you will, came following TCU’s 14-13 home win over Kansas State last fall, a game in which he provided the winning score on a spectacular 67-yard touchdown catch from QB Michael Collins. But perhaps more impressive than the grab was Reagor’s ability to shrug off the defender before breaking free to the end zone.

When he was asked about the play during postgame interviews, he kept his response simple -- and memorable: “I had to ‘son’ him.”

So, the key for all defensive backs defending Reagor this fall? Unless you want to appear on a highlight reel in a humiliating way, don’t get “son’d.”

Top college football defensive backfields ranked by Phil Steele | 247 Sports

Top ten in the country? That seems good.

Projected Starters: Julius Lewis, Jeff Gladney, Vernon Scott, Trevon Moehrig

A strong defensive secondary is essential for the Horned Frogs based on the way the Big 12 looks this season. In a league that features quarterbacks like Jalen Hurts, Sam Ehlinger and Alan Bowman, TCU’s experience should be an equalizer. TCU was tops in the conference last season in total defense at 338.2 yards per game.

Steele says, “The Frogs have had 11 top 10 finishes in our pass-defense ratings of the past 14 years, including a No. 6 effort a season ago. This year they lose a trio of contributors from a year ago, but judging by head coach Gary Patterson’s track record, fourth-team All-American Jeff Gladney and company could contend for yet another high spot in our pass defense ratings.”

Big 12 Preseason Power Rankings by Lindy’s Magazine | 247 Sports

Lindy isn’t high on the Frogs.

TCU is often a hard team to read, but one of the best coaches in college football is never one to bet against. TCU went from 6-7 to 11-3 from 2016 to 2017 and went from 4-8 to 12-1 from 2013 to 2014, so quick turnarounds are always possible in Fort Worth. Lucas Niang, Jalen Reagor and Jeff Gladney could all be first-team all-conference.

Lindy’s Magazine: When quarterback Shawn Robinson went to Mizzou, Kansas State transfer Alex Delton arrived. In three-plus seasons at Kansas State, Delton was a 56 percent passer with five touchdowns and four interceptions. More good defenses from Gary Patterson’s bunch, but also more turmoil on offense.

TCU’s defensive players to watch | Pony Stampede

Getting a healthy Ross Blacklock back changes everything.

TCU is usually very stout against the run, and one of the main reasons for that is their stellar defensive line. Ross Blacklock, who missed all of last season with an Achilles injury, is a space eater, who controls the trenches along the line of scrimmage, freeing things up for the edge rushers on the outside to get after the quarterback, while also plugging the running lanes and making things very difficult for opposing offenses. During his freshman season in Fort Worth, he was named Co-Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year, and if he is able to return to form in 2019, should make a big impact.

Golf:

TCU GRAD ANNIKA CLARK WINS TEXAS WOMEN’S STROKE PLAY | Amateur Golf

Clark’s post-collegiate career is off to a strong start.

The 2019 TCU graduate won the Women’s Stroke Play Championship with confidence at Briggs Ranch Golf Club. She carded a 1-under- 71 on Sunday to get to 9 under for the tournament and win by three strokes.

Players took on the heat this weekend with temperatures reaching the upper 90s and heat indexes as high as 109. Clark set the pace on Sunday with her own fire. Despite the possibility of intimidation from the talented field in pursuit, she did not cool her flame.

“I was feeling the pressure; Hanna is a good player and everyone was hitting good shots. I started out hitting the ball ok… I wasn’t hitting it as close to the hole as I had been the past couple days and I was faced with a lot of longer putts and staying patient and working with what I had today,” Clark said.