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TCU News: “The kid is smart and talented and can potentially work and develop at both RT and LT.”

The Champs seem happy with their new Horned Frog.

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Football:

How offensive lineman Lucas Niang might be a short-term and long-term solution | Arrowhead Pride

Niang could play for the defending champs early.

The Kansas City Chiefs used their third-round, 96th overall pick to select former TCU offensive tackle Lucas Niang, and it sounds like general manager Brett Veach fit his third pick of the draft into both categories.

“He’s a guy that can play some guard too,” Veach pointed out during his Friday night press conference. “We think he can come in right away. The kid is smart and talented at guard and can potentially work and develop at both right and left tackle.”

The 6-foot-7, 328-pound prospect was TCU’s starting right tackle for the past two seasons. His performance protecting the edge in pass protection was impressive to watch — and the numbers backed up his film.

Dallas Cowboys land another undrafted TCU running back, signing Darius ‘Jet’ Anderson | The Star-Telegram

Jet held out for a while, and it paid off with a nice contract and a good fit.

Sewo Olonilua joined the Cowboys as a fullback, ready to compete for a job, and now Darius Anderson has reached a deal to join America’s Team. The Cowboys are also reportedly bringing in South Carolina running back Rico Dowdle as an undrafted free agent.

Anderson received $110,000 guaranteed ($10,000 signing bonus and $100,000 of his base salary), a source confirmed.

Anderson rushed for 823 yards with six touchdowns last season. He had three consecutive 100-yard games early in the year.

TCU tops Big 12 with number of 2020 NFL Draft picks | Horned Frog Blitz

It was a huge weekend for the Horned Frogs.

Later that night, offensive tackle Lucas Niang became the fourth player from TCU to get drafted as the Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs selected him with the 96th overall pick. The 6-foot-7, 320-pounder became the tenth TCU tackle to get drafted since the 2005 draft.

Although the Frogs had to wait through rounds 4-6, they finally had their fifth player selected when Vernon Scott was selected with the 236th overall pick in the seventh round. Scott is the second Frog the Packers have taken in consecutive drafts; in 2019 they selected former Frog linebacker Ty Summers. Summers made the team as a special teams contributor.

In addition to the five Frogs that were drafted, several signed undrafted free agent contracts. Among those players include Sewo Olonilua (Cowboys), Anthony McKinney (Titans), Cordel Iwuagwu (Texans) and TreVontae Hights (Panthers).

Around Campus:

How COVID-19 has affected TCU’s School of Music | TCU 360

Aside from athletics, many other TCU signature programs have been greatly impacted.

On top of connection issues, incorporating instruments into video calls can cause technical difficulties, such as audio distortion.

“Music is very much an in-person discipline,” said Cameron Bright, a senior music education major and media coordinator for the TCU percussion club. “Zoom has an insufficient infrastructure and is not suited for live-music playback.”

Bright said conducting a recital that requires more than one person or instrument is an immense challenge, considering most students do not own the necessary instruments themselves.

“The school of music took an unprecedented step and allowed students to check-out instruments from our percussion inventory,” said West.

West said the school of music has checked out 15 marimbas, a handful of vibraphones, drum sets, steel drums and more since distance learning began.