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TCU News: Blacklock’s parking problems, Reagor runs

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It was a mixed bag for TCU at the Combine.

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Danny Mourning

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Former TCU and Skyline star fights to keep his pro football dream alive in the Spring League | WFAA

PJ Dawson is still out there fighting for his shot.

Now Dawson’s part of The Spring League. Brian Woods founded the developmental league four years ago. It’s far from the bright lights, but it’s filled with opportunity — and for some, a last chance at relevance with NFL scouts.

”It’s also a better evaluation tool for NFL or CFL teams,” Woods said.

When asked about lessons learned in his NFL stint he will bring to this opportunity, Dawson said, “Mostly just putting priorities first, making sure the work is done first before you want to go have fun.”

Dawson and his Spring League teammates working out here in North Texas are preparing for a first-of-its-kind international game.

Sunday at the Ford Center at the Star, it will be Spring League versus a group of pros from Japan’s X-League.

”This is the first of its kind international exhibition game played in the United States between two pro football leagues,” Woods said.

For Dawson it’s another proving ground, “just keeping the dream alive and trying to provide for the family,” he says.

Here’s how TCU’s Jalen Reagor performed at the NFL Combine | The Star-Telegram

Reagor talked about running faster than Ruggs. He did not.

Reagor, who had hoped to run in the 4.3-second range, was clocked at 4.47 seconds on his first run and 4.5 seconds on his second.

“I wouldn’t say he hurt himself, but he didn’t help himself,” one NFL Draft analyst said about Reagor’s performance at the combine. “His jump kind of equaled the 40-yard runs out. Ridiculous explosion.”

The disappointing times likely mean that Reagor will run again at TCU’s pro day March 27. He’s expected to stand on his vertical and broad jump measurements from the combine.

As far as the other tests, Reagor had a disappointing times in the three-cone drill (7.31 seconds) and 20-yard shuttle (4.46 seconds). For comparison, Baylor’s Denzel Mims had the best time among WRs in the three-cone at 6.66 seconds and Oregon State’s Isaiah Hodgins had the best 20-yard shuttle (4.12 seconds).

Raiders’ background check turned up 37 parking tickets for TCU’s Ross Blacklock | Yahoo Sports

I almost feel badly for not having any.

How could Blacklock have 37 tickets and not know? TCU’s campus parking enforcement charges fines directly to students’ accounts, and Blacklock (like a lot of college students) didn’t pay close attention to his money. The fines were being paid and Blacklock wasn’t noticing.

Blacklock was the 2017 Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year, but he missed the entire 2018 season with an Achilles injury. In 2019 he rebounded to be a first-team All-Big 12 selection.

Ex-TCU QB Trevone Boykin sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to beating girlfriend so bad her jaw was wired shut | NBC Sports

This is so heartbreaking on so many levels.

Wednesday, Trevone Boykin was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to a pair of felonies related to aggravated assault and tampering with a witness. He was also sentenced to 180 days in jail for theft of services and theft of property on charges unrelated to the assault. The misdemeanors are related to his failure to pay for a hotel room in December; the former TCU football player has been in jail ever since that arrest.