Demercado is the Frogs’ swiss army knife.
“Our running backs are really talented,” Cumbie said. “Emari Demercado came on late last year and had a really good spring. He’s a guy who not many people talk about, but he’s a key to that equation.”
The Frogs ranked seventh among Big 12 schools in rushing offense last season, averaging 156.6 yards a game, but would like to see that improve behind a solid offensive line and talented backs such as Anderson, Olonilua and Demercado.
“You can’t turn a blind eye to the running game,” Cumbie said. “When you’re trying to sift through a little bit who the quarterback is going to be, who do you lean on and who are the most experienced and better players you have on your offense? I think you probably try to lean on those guys early on until the quarterback situation comes stable.”
Gladney is the Frogs’ only representative on the team.
Jeff Gladney, TCU
As stout a Big 12 cornerback as anyone will find this season, Gladney was targeted a whopping 71 times a year ago. He allowed just 27 of those to be caught in a breakout year last season.
Well, at least one organization believes in TCU.
Why they’re here: The lasting image many have of TCU football is the turnover-filled Cheez-It Bowl against Cal. In a lot of ways, it was representative of the 2018 Horned Frogs: mediocre on offense, stout on defense. QB questions – including a lower-body injury of unknown severity to projected starter Mike Collins that happened after the AP ballots were due – remain a concern.
They aren’t fully accurate in who does what, here, but there’s a good argument for a good season.
The defense, although inexperienced in spots, is really talented. The pieces on that side of the ball look like a standard Gary Patterson defense.
The schedule is manageable. It would awesome if every conference played a round-robin schedule like the Big 12 does. It’s difficult to figure out the middle of the conference after Oklahoma, Texas and Iowa State.
Prediction: 9-3, 6-3 Big 12
The ‘Frogs could find themselves undefeated going to Ames for a showdown against the Cyclones if they can get past Purdue in West Lafayette. This prediction 100 percent hinge on Patterson and co-offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie figuring out who’s playing quarterback.