This is a turning point game for the Frogs.
PLENTY OF EXPERIENCE: Senior leadership has been on display for both teams this year. Jones, Jimmy Whitt Jr. and Adrio Bailey have collectively scored 52 percent of all Arkansas points this season and 56 percent of the team’s points over its last five games. For TCU, Bane, Edric Dennis Jr. and Jaire Grayer have collectively scored 46 percent of the team’s points this season.
FACILITATING THE OFFENSE: Bane has made or assisted on 51 percent of all TCU field goals over the last five games. The senior guard has accounted for 31 field goals and 18 assists in those games.
ASSIST RATIOS: The Horned Frogs have recently created baskets via assists more often than the Razorbacks. Arkansas has an assist on 39 of 80 field goals (48.8 percent) over its previous three outings while TCU has assists on 34 of 60 field goals (56.7 percent) during its past three games.
While both players will miss all three combined games against the Frogs, none were providing much impact.
Kansas forward Silvio De Sousa was suspended 12 games by the Big 12, meaning he’ll miss both games against TCU. The Horned Frogs host the Jayhawks on Feb. 8 at Schollmaier Arena.
TCU is at Kansas on March 4, which will mark De Sousa’s final game in which he’s suspended.
K-State’s James Love, meanwhile, has been suspended for eight games. Love, who has only appeared in one game because of an injury this season, will not be eligible to play when the Wildcats visit the Horned Frogs on Feb. 15.
Unfortunate that Gladney can’t participate.
Could another TCU product play his way into the first-round at this year’s Senior Bowl? Jeff Gladney has pulled out of the all-star game with “sore knee,” but running back Darius Anderson is there.
Anderson will have a chance to show why he’s a home-run threat every time he touches the ball.
Beyond the TCU players, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has been a staple at the all-star event for years. Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott earned Senior Bowl MVP honors in 2016.
Well, it’s Luper, not Looper and Applewhite spent five years at ULM. But interesting perspective otherwise.
Co-offensive coordinator and running backs coach Curtis Looper defected for the University of Missouri –– one of many SEC whipping boys –– and is expected to fill a similar role in Columbia. Looper was Patterson’s recruiting guru and developed a consistently successful position unit. His replacement, Bryan Applewhite, is an up-and-coming backs coach hailing from Colorado State University and was their recruiting coordinator in Fort Collins. He previously coached at the University of Louisiana-Monroe and should be expected to maintain TCU’s recent trend of poaching prospects from the boot. The Rams strove mightily under Applewhite’s tutelage, but Looper’s vacancy represents as much of a paradigm shift in recruiting as Fort Worth has experienced in nearly a decade.
Looper’s playing and coaching career centered in Texas and Oklahoma. Applewhite is a Colorado native, and most of his career has been successful building of mountain-state mid-majors. Despite the notable surname, Applewhite is not related to Major Applewhite, the former Longhorn quarterback and now offensive analyst at the University of Alabama.
Getting a top flight RB in the class of 2021 will be a big priority for the Frogs.
Lindale, Texas four-star running back Jordan Jenkins has a perfect blend of size and speed that makes him one of the more athletic players at his position in the state for the 2021 class.
The 6-foot-1, 202-pounder is rated as the No. 18 running back prospect in the nation for the 2021 class according to the 247Sports rankings. As a junior, Jenkins was named to the AP Class 5A Second-Team All-State team after rushing for 1,422 yards and 22 touchdowns.
Jenkins has already garnered offers from Baylor, UTSA, Arkansas, Texas Tech and BYU among others. Jenkins, who recently made a decision to graduate early and be at his college destination by next January, says one school is showing more interest than the others.