All was not lost!
On the flip side, the Frogs had plenty of disappointing losses. They blew big leads in losses to Clemson and Oklahoma. They lost a winnable game to Texas in Fort Worth. They had their worst loss in 42 years in an 88-42 whipping at Texas Tech. They went 1-9 on the road.
“I don’t know what expectations are,” Dixon said. “We were picked last, we finished seventh. You had a team that had three returners.
“We had a good group of kids. They worked hard, they liked each other. Could we have won some more games? Yes, I wish we would have.”
Overall, though, it’s hard to label this season a disappointment. Heck, just five years ago, this program went 2-16 in Big 12 play under Trent Johnson. It was 0-18 in the 2013-14 season.
Johnson won eight Big 12 games in four seasons. Dixon has won 29 in four seasons and is among all-time great coaches who have reached 400 wins in the first 17 seasons. The list includes names such as Tom Izzo, Roy Williams and Denny Crum.
As TCU senior guard Desmond Bane said, “Look how far the program has come. We’ve won championships now. We’ve beaten top-ranked teams. The program is headed in the right direction.”
Can the O-Line get better and help Duggan’s development?
Chemistry questions on the line?
TCU lost four offensive line starters in the offseason. The Frogs have the talent to fill those positions, but the line is more than just about talent — it’s important to have consistency and chemistry across all five spots. That only comes with repetition, something TCU won’t have this year. When fall rolls around, junior center Coy McMillon — the lone returning starter up front for TCU — will be key in making sure his new cohorts on the line gel together.
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Bear Alexander | Dallas Skyline
TCU was among the first to offer the big 6-foot-4, 333-pounder out of Dallas Skyline. The Frogs offered him after a stellar freshman season at Terrell. Alexander is ranked as the No. 244 overall prospect and No. 14 defensive tackle prospect. He currently holds 26 offers from programs across the nation.