QB coach Kenny Hill? I would be down.
Meacham, meanwhile, has plenty of offensive coordinator experience throughout his career, including serving in that role as co-OC with the Frogs from 2014-16 and as OC at Kansas in 2017-18. Beck is another veteran coach on the staff, serving as the head coach at Pitt State from 2010-19. Prior to that, he had a long stint as Pitt State’s offensive coordinator from 1994-2009.
Hill is a promising young coach who has made a favorable impression early on. Of course, Patterson could also explore external options when it comes to filling out his staff.
Mathis’ emergence has been key in the resurgence of the TCU defense. He is also an absolute delight to speak too.
There’s a number of factors for Mathis’ strong finish, starting with the emergence of Khari Coleman opposite of Mathis. As a true freshman, Coleman was second in the Big 12 with 15 tackles for loss, including three sacks.
“At the beginning of the season, it was a rough start for me,” said Mathis, who didn’t register a sack in four of the first five games. “A lot of teams were running their offenses away from my side. These past few games, they’ve found ways to make their offenses work so whenever stuff happens, I’ve been able to make plays.”
Mathis reiterated that the coaching staff continues to push him toward greatness. Nobody has heaped more praise on Mathis than coach Gary Patterson.
On one of his weekly radio shows during the 2018 season, Patterson said Mathis “might be before he’s done the best defensive end that ever played here.”
Ol’ Tape Fingers (Kendal Briles) runs a pretty creative offensive system, one GP will love trying to shut down with his talented defense.
3. Loaded Defense
On the other side of the ball, the Horned Frogs have a pair of two-time first-team All-Big 12 selections in senior linebacker Garret Wallow and junior safety Trevon Moehrig.
Wallow leads TCU in tackles with 90 - a total that includes nine tackles for loss and three sacks - and has forced three fumbles this season, while Moehrig has nine pass breakups this year and was the top-graded safety in the country by Pro Football Focus in 2019.
The Horned Frogs’ secondary also features a shutdown corner in sophomore Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson, who was a first-team All-Big 12 selection, as well. He has a team-high 13 pass breakups and, according to PFF, has been targeted 49 times and only allowed 16 receptions for 192 yards. His 85.5 overall grade is the second-highest in all of the Power Five.
Does every entity that covers Arkansas have to be HAWG-something?
There have been some questions as to whether or not Franks would participate in the bowl game, or opt-out in the same fashion that dozens of others around college football do on an annual basis. He’s been battling through a rib injury that kept him out of the Missouri game, and there was some doubt as to if it was worth it for him to play against TCU. Franks has made it this far with the Hogs, and he doesn’t plan on stopping with one game left.
“I feel like it’s just my duty,” Franks said. “Not necessarily my duty, but for me, I want to stay and I want to finish the season out. I want to finish what I started. I came here to compete for a season and that’s what I’m going to do. At the end of the day, I feel like I’ve gone to work week in and week out with these guys for 10 straight games, so why stop on the 11th?