There is some space for a young corner to step up and play a significant role.
Kee’Yon Stewart, Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson, DBs: With projected third cornerback Noah Daniels sustaining a season-ending injury during fall camp, Patterson has mentioned Stewart and Tomlinson as the primary backups behind starters Jeff Gladney and Julius Lewis.
Stewart and Tomlinson were each three-star recruits coming out of high school.
It’s not a bad selection, TBH.
Coors Light, Miller Lite, Shiner, Sol, Revolver’s Blood and Honey and Rahr’s Dadgum IPA are the beer options for now. There’s also a Henry’s hard sparkling water. TCU is considering a cold wine option as well.
The four new grab-and-go convenience stores located throughout the stadium will have rotating craft beers as well.
All the way from Connecticut, two former high school teammates take the field together again this fall.
Niang and Collins, 2016 graduates of NCHS, are both playing for the TCU Horned Frogs, Niang as a senior offensive lineman and Collins as a junior quarterback.
Niang was a Pro Football Focus First Team All-Big 12 and Second Team All-Big 12 selection as a junior, when he started all 13 games at right tackle. He was Pro Football Focus’s highest-graded pass blocker among Big 12 OLs who played at least 300 snaps.
Niang has played 37 games during his first three seasons at TCU.
One of these rotation guys is going to step up this year.
During a span just over a week and a half ago, Blackshear, Workman and Plant all missed time with injuries. Luckily all have returned. In their absence true freshman Colt Ellison got some valuable reps with the first team defense and held his own according to Patterson. His high school teammate, Wyatt Harris, also started out as a defensive end but has moved back to his natural position at linebacker.
Emerging player: Ben Banogu told the media that Ochaun Mathis may be the best defensive end to ever play at TCU before it’s all said and done. When Patterson was asked if he believed that comment, Patterson admitted Banogu had heard him too much; if the coach is saying it, there’s a good reason. Although many people outside TCU may not know who Mathis is at the moment, if those inside the program are right, his name will be well remembered by the end of the season.
With Blacklock back, Bethley is the forgotten man. I have a feeling that’s about to change.
Corey Bethley was not high on the stat leaders list for TCU last year. His 29 tackles ranked 13th for the Horned Frogs last year. He had no interceptions and just one pass breakup, and yet, the expectations are still high for him. The Big 12 media voted Bethley a preseason All-Big 12 defensive lineman. What can we expect out of Bethley this year? Let’s see what he has in the first week.