Battle has the goods and will compete for PT early.
“I think he does everything well,” Golson said. “I like the way he throws the deep ball with really good accuracy. He’s such a good runner that he makes you defend hat as well. I guess the area I want to see him to continue to improve in the most is just continued consistency in the mid-range passing game, but he does everything else really well.”
Golson said Battle could be in for an even bigger senior season. He decided not to play basketball or baseball this year to concentrate on his football skills.
“As a result, his weight room numbers are off the charts,” Golson said. “I think you’ll see an even stronger presence out there this fall.”
There will be plenty of new faces whenever the Frogs next take the field.
Overall returning production: 65% / 64th nationally
Offensive returning production: 61% / 75th nationally
Defensive returning production: 68% / 51st nationally
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. Duggan completed 181-of-339 (53.4%) passes for 2,077 yards with 15 touchdowns and 10 interceptions while playing in 12 games in 2019.
Vongor is a guy I am really hoping to see breakout.
Atanza Vongor | safety
With the loss of Innis Gaines and Vernon Scott at safety, this was a chance for Vongor to make an impact; likely at strong safety. Regarded as one of the top safety prospects in the nation for the 2018 class, Vongor missed his freshman season due to a season-ending injury. He appeared in 11 games last season, but that happened mostly on special teams.
Spring was going to be big for Vongor in his quest to move up the depth chart. With Trevone Moehrig and Ar’Darius Washington likely to start at free and weak, the strong safety position was up for grabs with Gaines and Scott gone. Add the fact that LaKendrick Van Zandt, who is moving back to safety from linebacker, was going to miss the spring; Vongor would’ve had more chances to impress the coaching staff. Now, it will have to come in the fall.
Count us out, again? Hmm...
Last year’s surprise team, Baylor, lost coach Matt Rhule to the NFL, so they may have a hard time getting back to the Big 12 Championship Game, but +1600 odds are not worth backing a team headed for regression.
The back-half of the Big 12 football odds has Kansas State (+2500), TCU (+2800), Texas Tech (+4000) and Kansas (10000).
If you’re looking to throw your money away, you’ll throw down a few bucks on any of these teams. Don’t bet on any of these teams to win the Big 12, even if you’re an alum or a parent of one of the players.