So much talent...
“I am very happy to see these TCU guys going in the first round,” Lilly said. “I thought Jalen was a real good receiver, and Gladney was a real good cornerback.
“The coach over there now is great. Coach [Gary] Patterson has done an outstanding job for a school like TCU, especially now that we’re in a bigger conference and fighting against Texas and OU and Oklahoma State in recruiting.”
Another TCU legend, running back LaDainian Tomlinson, who himself was a first-round pick in 2001, is just as proud to see how the school — which has produced six first-round picks in the last 10 years — has progressed.
“It speaks to how far the program has come,” said Tomlinson. “At a macro level, you think about the investment the university has made. The resources the school has put in to help Gary Patterson with recruiting and all these different things. The upgrades to the stadium — that place looks incredible. If you’re a kid coming on a recruiting visit and you see this place, you want to go there. They feel right at home.
What a loaded class.
Induction ceremonies are scheduled for Oct. 1 with the class being recognized at the Oct. 3 football game vs. Oklahoma State.
Hughes is the name most TCU fans will recognize first. He is one of two players in program history to be a two-time consensus first-team All-American, earning the honors in 2008 and 2009. The only other player to earn two consensus All-America honors was center Darrell Lester in 1934 and 1935.
Hughes had a nation-leading 15 sacks in 2008, and closed his college career with 11.5 sacks in 2009. He won the Ted Hendricks Award as the nation’s top defensive end and the Lott IMPACT Trophy in 2009.
Hughes was a first-round pick by the Indianapolis Colts in 2010 and is set to enter his 11th year in the league with the Buffalo Bills in 2020.
There was a noticeable difference last fall. Here’s hoping we hear it again this fall.
With the new sound system commissioned and ready for the Horned Frogs’ season opener in late August of 2019, Walker notes that the sonic improvement was immediately apparent, even to untrained ears. “Everyone notices the clarity of the L-Acoustics system, which is so much better than what was in there previously,” he says. “The funny thing is that everyone thinks that this system is louder than the old one. It’s certainly capable of being much louder, but they’re now averaging between 88 and 90dB for games, which is actually quieter than they ran their old rig. Plus, the comment that I’ve heard over and over is, ‘I can finally understand what the announcers and refs are saying!’”
TCU’s Bailey echoes Walker’s sentiments. “I would say that the sound is clearer without having to be louder, and that’s a big improvement for our fan base,” he notes.
Definitely needed the big guy back.
The 6-foot-11, 250-pound Samuel tested the draft waters last year before opting to return for his sophomore season. That decision paid off and was a win-win for both sides. The hope is it will be next season, too, with TCU needing Samuel’s post presence.
The Frogs have limited post depth experience with Jaedon LeDee as the only returning big man with game experience. Incoming freshman Eddie Lampkin is a promising post player as well.
Samuel had 11 double-doubles, highlighted by a career night with 24 points and 18 rebounds in TCU’s loss at Arkansas in the Big 12/SEC Challenge on Jan. 25. He also led the Big 12 with 85 blocked shots.
For the season, Samuel averaged 10 points and 8.4 rebounds in 32 starts. But he’s got plenty more development ahead of him.