Whoever wins the job doesn’t have to be spectacular - just don’t turn it over, complete the occasional deep pass, and get it to Reagor as much as possible.
If TCU wants to compete for the Big 12, this defense is built to do it. The offense has to get there, and it starts under center. Rogers, Duggan and Baldwin were all high-end four-star recruits. Delton and Collins have experience. Downing has time learning from Jake Fromm. Offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie has options, but the Horned Frogs can’t afford another repeat of last season.
“I always found when you have a high competition level as a general rule, you end up with a better product,” Patterson said. “Our competition level this year is going to be at a high level and the best part is that they all get along.”
A new off-season regimen might pay dividends when the season starts.
Patterson is a fun coach to study, fun to listen to. He is very driven, very proud, and can’t stand losing. TCU is being picked pretty high by some people, very high by Phil Steele, and the reasoning is history. Patterson never has two rough or below average campaigns in a row. In 2012 the Frogs were 7-6 and in 2013 they dropped to 4-8, but that is it. In 2014 they went 12-1, 11-2 in 2015, a paltry 6-7 in 2016, 11-3 in 2017, and then 7-6 last season. I’m not sure this timeline is something I would wager on.
”I found usually that older teams don’t get banged up as much as young teams do, and we were young a year ago. So we’re going to find out if that holds true,” Patterson said with hope he is right about that. “TCU is ready to go. You gotta love the season, don’t you? It’s a lot of fun. So for us, getting back into it, I think our kids are excite about it and really even our freshmen class has been unbelievable. The kind of people they are, how they’ve handled themselves at the university, off the field and on the field has been awesome.”
GP keeps talking about Ochaun. I think we are all ready to see him get in on the action.
The Horned Frogs lost two of their best playmakers along the d-line. Fortunately for them, they are getting superstar Ross Blacklock back from the injury that kept him out for all of the 2018 season. He will without a doubt be a huge addition to the d-line. South Carolina transfer, Shameik Blackshear, will also help out along the line.
Filling the massive shadows left by Banogu and Collier is going to be tough for Gary Patterson and his coaching staff, but TCU will still be in good shape along the d-line, thanks to the additions made in the off-season, along with the players returning from injury.
You can’t sell your program any better than by having your guys in the pros - and see them making an effort to stay involved with their college programs, too.
Wood and Cron are 2 of 6 former TCU players currently on MLB rosters, a list of ex-Frogs headed by Jake Arrieta, Matt Carpenter and the recently traded Andrew Cashner. The other is catcher Bryan Holaday, who spent time with the Rangers in 2016.
Four other former TCU players in the minors have had at least a cup of big-league coffee, and they all are helping keep TCU visible in the world of college baseball and in the minds of prep players considering the Frogs.
“I think it helps recruiting-wise, definitely,” Young said. “I think guys coming back and working out [in the off-season], I think it awesome just to show how awesome the program is and how strong it is. That definitely helps.”
Schloss is giving his former players plenty of reasons to come home.
“That’s the part of the relationship you look forward to,” Schlossnagle said. “I tell them when they’re playing for us, ‘Hey, we can never be in the same establishment. But there may come a day where we get to have a beer together,’ or something like that. I look forward to that kind of relationship. That’s the good stuff.”
Former players keep coming back for a lot of reasons, but their love of the city of Fort Worth looms large. Plus, they appreciate the instruction of TCU’s long time strength and conditioning coach Zach Dechant, who Schlossnagle calls the best in the country.
“They have a lot of allegiance to TCU and they trust [Dechant],” he said. “Our place is open to them so they know they can hit and throw. We give them a locker and gear. I want them to feel like they’re coming home because that is home.”