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TCU News: “It put a bigger chip on my shoulder. You want to get drafted, but I landed in a great place.”

A former Frog has a new home, close to home.

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Football:

‘Wo’ Factor: TCU running back Sewo Olonilua brings 6’3” 240-pound frame to Dallas Cowboys backfield | WFAA

If only GP had gotten his wish and turned Sewo into a pass rusher...

Sewo was one of the biggest and strongest running backs to enter the 2020 NFL Draft, but his name was never called.

“It put a bigger chip on my shoulder,” Sewo admitted. “You want to get drafted, but I landed in a great place. I’m blessed.”

Sewo signed with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent.

However, the Cowboys have “bigger” plans for him.

“I said, ‘You need to go in. You need to understand they’re not wanting you as a tailback. Here’s how they want you to make the team and go forward,’” explained Patterson.

Instead of a running back, Sewo signed with the Cowboys as a fullback.

“At fullback, you can be very versatile,” said Sewo. “You can be a utility weapon.”

5 reasons for optimism about TCU football in 2020, including a highly regarded duo at safety | Dallas Morning News

Tre and Ar’Darius will form a dynamic duo.

All-world safeties

According to Pro Football Focus, TCU had the two highest-rated safeties in the country last year. At No. 1 was Trevon Moehrig, who is entering his junior year. He wasn’t a ballhawk, but he played lockdown coverage, allowing just two catches on 17 contests. He was rewarded with a first-team All-Big 12 selection. Moehrig shares a defensive backfield with Ar’Darius Washington, who burst onto the scene as a freshman with five interceptions. Washington was the Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year and was named a Freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association of America. He’s not a big, physical safety at just 5-8, but he catches quarterbacks napping with the best of them.

OU football: Former Oklahoma linebacker Mark Jackson to transfer to TCU, per report | OU Daily

A big time pick up for Patterson and the Frogs.

Jackson largely absent from the Sooners’ linebacking rotation in 2019. He finished the season with one assisted tackle in four games played. He appeared in Oklahoma’s game against Baylor in the Big 12 Championship and LSU in the College Football Playoff.

Around Campus:

TCU plans to reopen campus this fall amid coronavirus, says budget cuts are needed | The Star-Telegram

It seems that TCU has been supportive and responsible through the pandemic.

“Texas Christian University intends to safely return students to campus for the fall 2020 semester, and we remain cautiously optimistic about our fall enrollment,” according to a TCU statement released Thursday evening. “Under the direction of university leadership and the Board of Trustees, we are proactively managing costs to responsibly maintain our fiscal health.

“These measures will make the TCU experience more accessible to students, even in these challenging times. Our faculty and staff’s primary focus is supporting our students and families as we prepare for a return to campus in August.”

Colleges across the country received billions of dollars in federal stimulus funding to help them and students deal with the fallout from the novel coronavirus.

But at TCU, for instance, at least half of the $5.7 million earmarked for the university is to help students who are struggling financially.