Can the Frogs get back on track In 2020?
Start of spring practice: Friday, February 28
End of spring practice: Thursday, April 2
Spring game: yes
This is rare territory for Gary Patterson. For just the third time in his 19-year career, a Patterson-coached team did not make a bowl appearance and the Horned Frogs must rebound after a 5-7 season that ended with losses in four of the final four games. With sophomore Max Duggan the only quarterback with any returning experience, Patterson went out and signed 6-foot-5, 220-pound Stephon Brown, the No. 1-rated juco dual-threat quarterback out of Independence Community College, and assembled a signing class that ranked No. 3 in the Big 12.
Darnold to Doc has a nice ring to it. Hopefully Josh finally stays healthy.
Washington parted ways with Doctson right before the 2019 season. The Minnesota Vikings quickly picked up the former first-round pick, but he only appeared in one game. After spending the past four years in the NFC, he’ll make the switch over to the AFC.
The Jets are now going to take a shot on the six-foot-two wideout. At 27 years old, there’s a chance that Doctson’s best football remains ahead of him. He’ll be reunited with Jamison Crowder, who spent time with him in Washington.
Get well soon, Jerry!
This marks the second procedure that Hughes has had this offseason, as he also underwent surgery to repair torn ligaments in his wrist last month.
Hughes played in 15 games this past season, finishing with 23 tackles, 4.5 sacks and a fumble recovery.
The 31-year-old, who played his collegiate football at TCU, was originally selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the first round (31st pick overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft.
He spent the first three years of his career with the Colts, and after a couple of very quiet seasons to start his NFL tenure, Hughes finally showed some promise in 2012, logging 41 tackles and four sacks.
The Frogs haven’t won on the road in forever, but winning at Iowa State without their top player is definitely possible.
Instead, TCU responded with one of its best games of the season on Saturday, avenging that ugly loss at West Virginia with a stunning 67-60 overtime victory over the Mountaineers.
“It was great,” senior guard Desmond Bane said afterward. “I hope it gives some of the younger guys confidence that it can be done. We went out there and got flat-out embarrassed in West Virginia. To come back here and beat that team is huge for us.
“Hopefully we can build off this moving forward.”