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TCU News: Burning questions as camp opens, Collier suffers injury

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The former Frog and first round draft pick will miss the rest of the preseason for the Seahawks.

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5 burning TCU questions: QB starter, Olonilua’s status, replacing Banogu and Collier | The Star-Telegram

Ochaun Mathis, come on down!

TCU had two players, L.J. Collier and Ben Banogu, taken in the Top 50 of last spring’s NFL Draft.

Replacing Collier and Banogu ranks among the biggest challenges for the Frogs. But they have options.

Patterson has raved about South Carolina grad transfer Shameik Blackshear, who should benefit from a scheme change. And redshirt freshman Ochaun Mathis is a high-ceiling player who received valuable reps in four games last year.

TCU also have talented newcomers such as Parker Workman and Adam Plant Jr. in the mix.

TCU among the programs standing out to 5-star Savion Byrd | Horned Frog Blitz

Is this the kid that breaks the Frogs’ five starless streak?

The 6-foot-6, 267-pounder is rated as the No. 12 overall player in the nation and No. 2 offensive tackle for the 2021 class according to the 247Sports composite rankings. Byrd, who didn’t have to compete at the camp as he already holds an offer from TCU, just wanted to compete.

“It was real fun; the coaches were cool and the players were cool,” he said. “I got real positive feedback from the coaches; they liked me. They taught me a few things and showed me some pointers.”

Ex-TCU DE, Seahawks first-round pick L.J. Collier carted off during training camp | Sports Day

LJ was having a strong camp, but an injury will sideline him for the next several weeks. Seattle hopes to have him back for the start of the regular season.

The defensive end was carted off during practice after an apparent right leg injury. According to the Seattle Times’ Adam Jude, Collier appeared to get tangled with right tackle Germain Ifedi on a pass rush during a play late in Tuesday’s workout, the team’s first practice in full pads. Collier limped to the sideline with a trainer walking alongside, and was then carted back toward the locker room.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Collier suffered a sprained ankle, and the injury could force him to miss the entire preseason.

China Spring 2021 DE D’Marion Alexander humbled by TCU offer | Horned Frog Blitz

DE is a position that GP will be looking to restock in the next two recruiting classes, and Alexander could be the perfect fit.

Alexander has high interest in the Frogs, especially after visiting the campus last Friday. It also doesn’t hurt that the Frogs have had success developing defensive ends including L.J. Collier and Ben Banogu; both were drafted in the first two rounds of the 2019 NFL Draft.

“I love the Frogs; the facilities are great and the atmosphere is good,” he said. “I like them a lot. They had two guys drafted in the first two rounds so that tells you they have something good going on around there,” he said. “They’re doing the right stuff.”