These are less offensive quotes, lol.
The backbone of TCU’s defense has been outstanding safeties. This year is no exception with Trevon Moehrig and Ar’Darius Washington.
“Tough, smart, and skilled,” Yurcich said. “That’s what those guys are. They know their defensive schemes very well.”
Of course, it’s not just Yurcich who has struggled to break down the Horned Frogs. TCU and Patterson have won six of eight meetings against Texas since joining the Big 12 going back to the Mack Brown era.
Last season, a TCU team that didn’t make a bowl game beat Texas, 37-27, and intercepted Ehlinger four times.
“They always have schemes for formations,” Ehlinger said. “Coach Patterson always gets them in good calls for whatever tendencies are. It’s always a handful against them.”
Shocker — they all pick Texas.
I’ll be shocked if the TCU defense that gave up 156 yards rushing on touchdown runs of 39, 42 and 75 yards in a 37-34 loss at home against Iowa State shows up at DKR at 11 a.m. CT on Saturday. Instead, it will likely be the TCU defense that — on average — has held Texas 14 points below the Longhorns’ season scoring average each of the last six years (a span in which the Horned Frogs are 5-1 against UT).
Texas needs its defense to dominate five new starters on TCU’s offensive line who are largely to blame for giving up seven sacks to Iowa State last week.
In a 37-27 TCU win last year, quarterback Max Duggan outplayed Sam Ehlinger in Ehlinger’s worst game as a Longhorn (four interceptions). I know it’s Mad Dog 2020, and we should always expect the unexpected. But I’ll be shocked if Ehlinger doesn’t leave the field with payback.
This could be a great fit.
Bane is someone to spotlight, as he mentioned his agent noting the Suns as one of the three teams that they believe are the most interested in him.
“I love the idea of Phoenix,” Bane said Wednesday. “I had a long, nice conversation with (general manager) James Jones.
“He’s one of those guys that was really high IQ, knew his role on the team, could shoot the ball — brings a lot of similar qualities that I do to a team. I feel like I bring toughness, IQ on both ends of the floor and shot-making.
“You pair me with guys like Devin Booker and (Deandre) Ayton, who draws a lot of attention, and there’s a lot of open shots.”
But also, this is a winning program.
“Toronto was a really, really good interview,” Bane said during his pre-draft media availability Wednesday. “I love their style of play. Nick Nurse is one of the great minds in basketball, being able to throw difference defences on the fly, the Raptors are one of those teams that are never going to stop fighting and I feel like that fits my DNA.”
The 6-foot-6, 215-pound Bane projects as a 3-and-D role player in the NBA. He shot 44.2% from 3-point range during his senior season, averaging nearly three made 3s a game, and was stout defensively, surrendering just two points on 14 isolation possessions during his senior season, according to Synergy.
Another TCU sport is kicking off this weekend.
AGAINST THE HORNED FROGS
Baylor leads the all-time series with TCU 17-7, including a 7-3 record under McGuyre.
The Bears have won each of the last six meetings with the Horned Frogs, including a pair of 3-0 sweeps in 2019.
BU is 6-2 against TCU in Waco since the Horned Frogs joined the Big 12 in 2012.
This is something to watch.
“They [students] are also starved for in-person engagement. I feel this way also,” Dahlberg wrote.
According to the survey, two-thirds of respondents said they were at least “moderately concerned” TCU would make the transition to distance learning.
SGA Chief of Staff Jack Leonhard said SGA needs to advocate for students’ mental health and educational quality.
“Someone needs to stand up for students,” Leonhard said. “The faculty and staff have their own advocacy groups who are advocating for their interests.”