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TCU News: “We weren’t able to get the win. That’s really the most important thing.”

Duggan sees growth, but is far from satisfied.

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Danny Mourning

Football:

TCU has tough test in slowing down Texas offense | 247 Sports

This offense is playing at an elite level through two games.

Texas presents a new challenge this year with a fourth-year starter at quarterback, a stable full of good running backs and talented receivers. Against the Red Raiders receiver Joshua Moore scored three touchdowns and the offense racked up five plays of over 20 yards.

TCU safety Trevon Moehrig says the Frogs have to eliminate big plays on defense which won’t be an easy task against the Longhorns.

“They’ve got some really good receivers, some really good backs that we’ve seen. Of course Sam Ehlinger is a really good quarterback. So they’re pretty loaded everywhere, so we’ve got to matchup and execute and do our job.”

Behind Enemy Lines: HornedFrogBlitz previews Texas-TCU game | Horns 247

Jeremy knows more about the inner workings than just about anybody, so this is a great read.

I think the biggest issue right now is on the defensive front. Simply put, they’re just not that good. They had a big loss against Iowa State with Terrell Cooper out. Patterson had stated that he was practicing extremely well and was looking like one of the top defensive tackles they’ve had on campus in the past 10 years. Unfortunately, Cooper injured his knee earlier in the week and is still questionable for the Texas game.

As for being an easy fix, they just have to play fundamental football, know their assignments and plug the gaps. Plus, they have to do a much better job of tackling after they had far too many missed tackles against the Cyclones. Like you said, we’re not used to seeing TCU give up big runs like they did last Saturday.

‘He’s a warrior.’ TCU QB Duggan opens up on heart condition and returning to field | The Star-Telegram

This is one tough dude.

The expectation is for Duggan to start against Texas on Saturday. Kickoff is at 11 a.m. in Austin.

“I’m working hard every single day,” Duggan said. “Teammates are helping me, strength staff, athletic trainers are helping me every single day to get back to where I want to be and be able to help this team as much as I can in whatever role that is.”

Duggan sparked the offense against Iowa State, turning in one of the best performances of his young career. He finished 16 of 19 passing for 241 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. Saturday marked the most accurate Duggan has been at TCU.

But Duggan didn’t take many positives away from the game. Instead, Duggan echoed what coach Gary Patterson preaches in that quarterbacks are judged on Saturdays. And the team lost on Saturday.

“We weren’t able to get the win,” Duggan said. “That’s really the most important thing. So, whatever I can do to help our team win in whatever role that is is what I’m mainly focusing on.”

Texas vs. TCU: Preview and Prediction | Heartland College Sports

Pete likes the Frogs in this one.

TCU HORNED FROGS

The Horned Frogs need to show some of the offensive prowess they did in the second half against a very good Iowa State defense when they scored 27 points with big plays and three touchdowns of at least 27 yards. TCU piled up 499 yards of offense and was 8 of 16 on third downs. Keep those offensive numbers piling up against a Texas team that, despite its win over Texas Tech, allowed 440 yards of offense and 56 points. Gary Patterson will figure out some issues on defense, but it’s the offense that needs to prove itself.

TEXAS LONGHORNS

Can UT get to the QB? As noted above, Texas may have several opportunities at that this week based on TCU’s offensive line that played poorly last week and is turning over new faces from last season. Also, the Texas defense needs to start doing that. Last season, Texas ranked 9th in the Big 12 with just 14 sacks in nine Big 12 games. That is one of the reasons DC Todd Orlando lost his job. Now it’s up to new DC Chris Ash to figure out how to get to the quarterback. It hasn’t happened thus far as Texas has just two sacks in two games.

Basketball:

Celtics probing draft’s shooters, interview TCU’s Desmond Bane | Celtics Wire

Des is going to find his way into the first round, just watch.

“I’m kind of one of those junkyard dog guys similar to Marcus Smart,” he shared (via Grenham) while speaking with the media, in a move sure to catch the ear of any listening Celtics fan.

“He plays the game with a lot of heart and that’s something I really try to model. There’s 3 things you can control at all times. Your energy, your effort and your attitude. I feel like Marcus Smart does a great job of controlling those things.”

“He’s a junkyard dog who’s willing to do whatever,” added Bane. “He really thinks the game … That’s the reason why he’s carved out a great role in this league.”