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TCU News:”Sam Carter is a guy we think very well of in the Patterson house.”

One of the biggest bummers of the cancellation of the Texas Bowl is no Carter-Patterson matchup.

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TCU’s Ar’Darius Washington is headed to the NFL Draft, forgoing two years of eligibility | The Star-Telegram

Some pundits have him going as high as the second round.

The biggest knock on Washington is expected to be his size. At 5-foot-8, 178 pounds, he does not have the ideal height to play at the next level.

But he’s produced as TCU’s starting weak safety the past two seasons. Washington had 37 tackles this season, including one tackle for loss, and five pass breakups. The 37 tackles were the seventh-most on the team.

Washington earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors in 2020. He had an even better 2019 season as a redshirt freshman.

Washington was named the Big 12’s defensive freshman of the year in 2019, and was the second-highest graded safety last season by Pro Football Focus. Only teammate Trevon Moehrig was graded higher by PFF in 2019.

Washington allowed five catches out of 265 snaps in coverage in 2019, according to PFF. He also had five interceptions, which were the most by a freshman in the Gary Patterson era.

TCU football’s Wallow accepts Senior Bowl invite. How he stacks up in 2021 NFL draft | The Star-Telegram

Wallow is going to have to work his way up the boards.

The Senior Bowl is known as a prestigious event where players have an opportunity to boost their draft stock. Collier, for instance, used a strong Senior Bowl showing and pre-draft process to become a first-round pick in 2019.

Wallow, who is listed at 6-foot-2, 230 pounds, is viewed as a possible top-100 pick for the 2021 draft and will have a chance to solidify that in the coming months.

Wallow had another solid season, earning first-team All-Big 12 honors with 90 tackles, including nine tackles for loss and three sacks, during the regular season. He also had five QB hits and three forced fumbles.

Wallow finished with 295 tackles in his career, the fourth-most among defenders in the Patterson era. He was on pace to join the 300-tackle club before TCU’s game against Arkansas in the Texas Bowl was canceled.

‘He was our Coach P.’ Nobody is surprised that this TCU ex is excelling as a coach. | The Star-Telegram

Really sad we didn’t get to see Coach Carter do his thing.

“He was a coach on the field for us,” Patterson said. “I knew he needed to go away and learn other things. He’s a great leader, great role model and great teacher. He was even a great recruiter for us as a player. He brags about being undefeated.

“He’s like one of my sons. He’s very close to my family. Sam Carter is a guy we think very well of in the Patterson house.”

Carter was a four-year lettermen (2011-14) at TCU, joining the program as a quarterback prospect in the 2010 class out of Alief Hastings High School. He transitioned to safety and ended up being a three-time All-Big 12 selection at that position (second-team 2012, 2013, 2014).