Glam Gene. You’ve been warned.
As much as TCU is known for its defense this century, in reviewing Gary’s better teams, he normally has one quarterback. Andy Dalton. Trevone Boykin. Kenny Hill.
That does not make GP different than most coaches.
TCU has top-end talent, namely at receiver and defensive back. The defense could be one of the best he’s had in years.
He may be a defensive wizard, but he’s also a head football coach. Head football coaches win with one quarterback.
Gary has named his starting quarterback because he had to pick one.
This jives with what GP has been saying about Delton all along - the guy is truly respected.
“I’m so excited for him, so excited for him,” Thompson told The Mercury. “He deserves it. He got into a program the caliber of TCU, and to be able to step in and win that job, I’m so, so happy for him. Honestly, his time here at K-State, I know he had some bumps in the road and some difficult times, too.”
Delton’s hardships that Thompson alluded to weren’t only physical. Yes, Delton dealt with his fair share of pain at K-State — he redshirted as a freshman in 2015 after injuring his knee in the second game of the season, went through multiple injuries in 2017 after becoming the starter in midseason with Jesse Ertz out and then fought through more ailments last fall. But he, like Thompson, had to contend with the weekly yo-yo battle at quarterback in 2018.
Chuck chimes in.
Q: Alex Delton won the starting QB job. Do you think that was the right decision for TCU?
Carlton: The difference between TCU being a Top 25 team and a Big 12 contender and struggling to six regular-season wins again is the quarterback. For now, it’s Kansas State grad transfer Alex Delton although freshman Max Duggan will play early against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Delton has drawn praise from his old and new teammates even though his fit in TCU’s offense remains a question. If the offense doesn’t click, Duggan could get more than a couple of series early.
This is a two-headed sword; on one hand, the Frogs are recruiting more talent than ever, on the other, this team is YOUNG in its depth.
Joining Duggan on offense is offensive tackle Andrew Coker. Coker is listed as the backup behind senior Lucas Niang. Coker was a three-star prospect out of Katy Taylor and Patterson has said in the past that the big lineman was already trying to take on a “veteran” role; meaning he was ready to make an impact. Playing and learning behind one of the top offensive tackles in the nation will certainly be a big plus.
The defense has more numbers and headlining that group is defensive tackle Karter Johnson. The four-star out of Ohio was one of the biggest gets for the Frogs’ 2019 class and was immediately pegged as a player that could see early playing time. Despite a loaded position, Johnson has proven many people right with his abilities. Joining Johnson on the defensive line is defensive end Adam Plant Jr. Plant Jr. is currently the backup behind senior transfer Shameik Blackshear.