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TCU News: Is Jerry Kill’s “magic dust” the key to Horned Frog Football success this fall?

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Preseason rankings are coming out, and the Horned Frogs are primarily looked at as a middle of the pack team.

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Football:

Ranking the Big 12’s College Football Coaches for 2020 | Athlon Sports

As it should be.

2. Gary Patterson, TCU

Patterson’s tenure at TCU started with the 2000 Mobile Alabama Bowl and one thing has been a constant: Winning. The Horned Frogs are 172-70 since Patterson assumed the head coach role, and the program has successfully transitioned from the WAC to Conference USA to the Mountain West and now the Big 12. Despite the changes in conference affiliation and winding up in a Power 5 league, TCU continues to churn out winning seasons. The Horned Frogs have been to six bowl games since joining the Big 12 in 2012 and finished inside of the top 10 three times in that span. Patterson’s team nearly made the CFB Playoff in 2014 and finished No. 3 in the final ranking that season. In 19 seasons in Fort Worth, Patterson has won at least 10 games in 11 years. In addition to his prolific tenure as a head coach, Patterson is regarded as one of the top defensive minds in college football.

Big 12: Projected order of finish, superlatives for 2020 | 247 Sports

Fifth? Hard to argue that the Frogs should start the year much higher than that.

Both Kill and Patterson have big challenges ahead in re-tooling TCU after two disappointing years, particularly on defense, where the entire secondary is lost after last season. Leading receiver Jalen Reagor is now in the NFL, but it appears the Horned Frogs have several options to step into that role, especially with Te’Vailance Hunt ready to step up after some big catches last season, particularly his touchdown grab in that overtime loss at Baylor. Doug Meacham has returned to the staff as an offensive assistant and Kill has been promised the role as the “head coach” of the offense. If Kill sprinkles enough magical dust on the offense like he did last season as a special assistant at Virginia Tech, a two- to three-win improvement is possible.

Quarterback Max Duggan has received high marks from Kill in the offseason, but the fact remains he wasn’t overly impressive last season with 2,077 yards and 15 touchdowns against 10 interceptions last season. He also completed an incredibly-low 53.4 percent of his passes. What makes him impressive and a popular player among coaches is his duality as a runner, too, which resulted in 555 yards and six more score last season.

It sure looks like Jalen Reagor is working out with Carson Wentz in Houston | NBC Sports

Wentz appears to be getting to know his new favorite target.

Eagles first-round pick Jalen Reagor was working out on a football field in the Houston area on Monday afternoon.

Was he also getting to know his new quarterback?

The former TCU wideout posted an Instagram story on Monday morning in which he was driving through downtown Houston. Later Monday, he posted a short and intriguing video from a football field.

The video featured a man who looks a whole lot like Carson Wentz.

Around Campus:

Students, faculty protest police brutality | TCU 360

Jamie Dixon and Chancellor Boschini joined the march.

Chancellor Victor Boschini, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Teresa Abi-Nader Dahlberg, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Kathy Cavins-Tull and head men’s basketball coach Jamie Dixon were among those who participated in the march.

Sophomore secondary education major Edriana Cofer participated in the protest. (Photo courtesy of Edriana Cofer.)

Boschini said he is always in favor of students and faculty expressing their opinions and the protest made a strong statement about their feelings.

“My presence at anything is not important,” he said. “I am not important. I just wanted to support their cause as I believe in it: both as the chancellor and as a citizen.”