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TCU News: “Without the Blake Hickeys of the world, TCU wouldn’t be where it is today.”

TCU has long made its mark with walk-ons and underdogs.

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Danny Mourning

Football:

5 things to know about TCU, Texas Bowl | Whole Hog Sports

Lots of respect for the Horned Frogs from the other side.

Any trip to Texas brings back old Southwest Conference memories for Arkansas fans.

That will especially be true when the Razorbacks face TCU in the Texas Bowl on Dec. 31. The old SWC rivals will meet for the 71st time, but for the first time in a postseason game.

It will be Arkansas’ 30th game against a former SWC opponent since leaving for the SEC following the 1991 season. The Razorbacks are 2-0 in bowl games against old SWC teams, with victories over Texas in the 2000 Cotton Bowl and 2014 Texas Bowl.

Arkansas and TCU have met recently, completing a long-awaited home-and-home nonconference series in 2016 and 2017. The road team won each game — the Razorbacks 41-38 in double overtime in 2016 and the Horned Frogs 28-7 the following year in Fayetteville.

He left football, then walked on. Now TCU lineman is making the most of his chance. | The Star-Telegram

Hickey has been a huge part of the improved offensive line play.

All of it had Hickey prepared for his starting debut against Kansas on Nov. 28. He recalled a conversation with offensive line coach Jarrett Anderson on the sidelines.

“Coach Anderson asked what I thought and I’m like, ‘Man, it’s nothing I haven’t seen in practice,’” Hickey said. “We go against the best defense in the Big 12 every day, so there’s nothing we haven’t seen or we’re not ready for.”

Hickey is one of those stories that TCU coach Gary Patterson likes to see come to fruition — a player who showed up in practice and is now being rewarded with game reps.

“He’s a walk-on that has stepped in. He’s a guy that just plays hard,” Patterson said. “That’s how you want to end your senior season and your career is getting a chance to play.

“Without the Blake Hickeys of the world, TCU wouldn’t be where it is today.”

What TCU gets in four-star Ahmonte Watkins | 247 Sports

A signing day surprise, Watkins is a massive get for the Frogs.

In my opinion, Watkins is exactly the type of raw athlete TCU could mold into an impact player in the secondary. His athleticism and ball skills also give him some versatility as a possible special teams nightmare, whether returning or covering. I really like this sneaky late-cycle pickup for the Horned Frogs. Watkins could become a reliable multi-year starter down the road.

Basketball:

TCU basketball finds replacement opponent after Texas Southern cancels game | The Star-Telegram

The Frogs wanted to get back on the court, and worked quickly to make that happen.

Once the Horned Frogs learned that Texas Southern had backed out of a game scheduled for Wednesday night, they found a replacement opponent in Prairie View A&M. Tip-off remains set for 7 p.m. at Schollmaier Arena. The game will air on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.

Texas Southern also had to cancel its game against LSU, which had been scheduled on Dec. 24, due to COVID concerns.

Pro Frogs:

Eagles rookie Jalen Reagor returns to his Texas roots in crucial matchup at Cowboys | Penn Live

It wasn’t a happy return for Reag and the Eagles, who fell to Andy Dalton and the Cowboys Sunday.

Reagor, though, acknowledged that his family is looking forward to watching him play in person. The Cowboys have hosted tens of thousands of fans at the cavernous AT&T Stadium this season amid the coronavirus pandemic, while the Eagles had fans at Lincoln Financial Field for just a handful of games in October and November. But there will be plenty of fans for Reagor’s homecoming.

“I mean, this is the only year that he hasn’t been able to come to any of my games,” Reagor said. “So it’s pretty much, it’ll pretty much be the same because what I’m used to, having him and my family, they’re watching me play, so it’d be pretty much the same. I’m sure it’ll be exciting for them.”

Cowboys sign former TCU RB Sewo Olonilua to active roster | 247 Sports

It was a great weekend for Sewo, though!

On Saturday afternoon, the Dallas Cowboys signed former TCU running back Sewo Olonilua to the active roster. The move comes in response to placing defensive tackle Antwaun Woods on the injured reserve.

A former 4-star prospect in the 2016 recruiting cycle, per the 247Sports Composite Player Rankings, Oloninlua suited for the Horned Frogs for four years and played a considerable role in each of his final three seasons with the program. Olonilua ended his TCU playing career with 1,624 rushing yards and 18 rushing touchdowns, rushing for a career-high 635 yards as a junior in 2018.

He also caught for 383 yards and a touchdown during his time in Fort Worth. He signed with Dallas as an undrafted free agent earlier in 2020.