Give me Delton to start the season and Duggan to finish it.
“They’re not in the NFL yet, all I’m saying is they’re throwing the ball well,” Patterson said. “They just want their reps. They don’t care who they go in with. They were doing some with the 3s today. They didn’t care as long as they’re getting their reps. That’s what a coach wants.”
Patterson went on to rave about what he’s seen from the running game, as well as mentioning the quarterbacks and receiving corps having a much better chemistry compared to last season.
The quarterback battle isn’t expected to be settled for another week or so, and Delton and Duggan would seem like natural fits for the offense.
Reagor has nothing left to prove, and will have no problem impressing the pro guys at The Combine in February.
That’s elite company and falls in line with The Athletic’s draft guru Dane Brugler projecting Reagor as a Top 15 pick in next year’s draft.
Renner wrote of Reagor, “The 5-foot-11 wideout’s 15 contested catches last season are the seventh-most of any returning receiver in college football.”
Reagor is coming off a sensational sophomore season in which he had 1,061 yards receiving on 72 receptions despite TCU using four different quarterbacks on the season. Of his 72 catches, 44 went for either a first down or touchdown.
Neal Brown is going to get this team rolling quickly.
Why should West Virginia be worried?
Gary Patterson has only had consecutive mediocre seasons one time in his career. 6-6 in 2001 gave way to 10-2 in 2002. 5-6 in 2004 gave way to 11-1 in 2005. 8-5 in 2007 gave way to 11-2 in 2008. The only exception was the 2012-13 seasons. Still Patterson followed up the 4-8 season in 2013 with 12-1 2014 season.
Why should West Virginia not be worried?
Its another season where Patterson has to find his quarterback and that is usually the single largest determinant of whether or not a team has a good season. Most of the time, Patterson’s down seasons kept the same quarterback who was able to turn the corner, but now he is following up a mediocre season and must find a new QB.
Another honor for these two great players.
The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award is presented annually to the nation’s top player who was either born in Texas, graduated from a state high school or plays at a Texas-based university.
Reagor’s team-best 72 receptions and 1,061 yards receiving in 2018 both rank second for a season in TCU history. Forty-four of his 72 catches (61.1 percent) went for a first down or touchdown. The second-team All-Big 12 selection led TCU and the Big 12 in percentage of his team’s receptions at 30.1 (72-of-239), the highest mark by a Horned Frog in the 18-season tenure of head coach Gary Patterson. Reagor’s team-best nine touchdown catches tied for the fifth-best season total by a Horned Frog. He set a TCU record with seven consecutive games with a scoring grab.
With both Wilsons out (Montrel left the program, Ben is out until probably October), the opportunity for someone to take those snaps is there.
It’s not common for a young player, much less a true freshman to come in early and make a name for himself in Patterson’s complex defensive scheme. The last time a true freshman made a start in a game at linebacker under Patterson was the aforementioned Montrel Wilson in 2015.
Patterson says Winters’ awareness is what sets him apart from playing like a typical freshman. He even compared him to one of the top linebackers to ever put on a Frog uniform; Ty Summers.
“Number one, he does a great job of processing; he does really well,” Patterson said of Winters. “He’s a lot like Ty Summers was as a (redshirt) freshman, he processes very well on the field. And, he’s not flustered if someone is raising their voice or doing things; he doesn’t get flustered by all of that stuff.”