I am really interested to see how this particular position battle plays out.
(Z) STARTER – Quentin Johnston
Did I just name a true freshman as a starter? Yes I did. The Frogs were recruiting Johnston for his athleticism and his ability to jump through the roof. He has good size at 6-foot-4 and after he adds a few pounds this summer he will be physical enough to take the wear and tear of getting hit by Big 12 defensive backs. I’ve heard enough positive feedback regarding Johnston to believe that not only will he be contributing in 2020, he will be starting.
(Z) BACKUP – Mikel Barkley
Like everyone else, I’m waiting to see what Barkley can do. I’ve heard plenty about his talent and Gary Patterson himself has said Barkley has looked really good on occasions. The problem with him for now is health; he missed a majority of the season last year and even in games where he traveled, he never saw the field. Barkley definitely has the speed to take the top off a defense. No matter how much I hear about Barkley looking good in fall camp, I will not believe he’s going to be a major contributor until I see it for myself. If he’s not ready to go, watch out for the other trio of talented outside receivers the Frogs’ hauled in from 2020; Blake Nowell, Caleb Medford and Savion Williams.
This was a surprise commitment, but Curtis is a super interesting prospect.
“Ever since fall ball of my freshman year at Neosho, I’ve been kind of thinking about playing football and wanting to go back and play football,” Curtis says.
“Talking to him, even when he came back for the Shrine Bowl, I think football was still weighing on his mind a little bit,” says Tom Nickelson, Pittsburg High School football head coach, “He was struggling with that some.”
Curtis was an All-State player at Pittsburg High, throwing for more than 1,300 yards and 17 touchdowns his senior year.
Do we want to think about Kansas in Lawrence on the last week of the season already? Might as well start planning our revenge I guess.
Even with Les Miles as a stabilizing force, there has been a lot of turnover in the Kansas football program over the last two years. The Jayhawks are breaking in a lot of newcomers on defense, and we have no idea who the starting quarterback will be - not that any of that will matter by the time Thanksgiving rolls around. So once again, your guess is as good as mine as to how the season will go. As noted a few days ago on this very fine website, Kansas could have easily gone 7-5 last year.
They could have also easily gone 1-11. As it was, they finished 3-9, going out with a whimper against an admittedly very good Baylor team in the season finale. If Kansas is out of the bowl picture, another similar event could unfold in 2020. TCU is the better team, will likely be trying to improve bowl position, and could even find itself in the running for a conference title. Even though the Jayhawks have played the Frogs well in Lawrence since they joined the Big 12, I don’t think it’s something you can bet on. TCU 45, Kansas 21.
Huge huge huge win for the Frogs, getting this kid in the fold.
On Feb. 28, Brown made his first start of the season against The Woodlands, a program that finished the year ranked eighth in the state, according the Diamond Pro/THSB Top 25. Brown allowed two hits, gave up no runs and struck out 13 in seven innings. The Woodlands catcher Drew Romo, the 35th overall selection by the Colorado Rockies, went 0-3 with two strikeouts.
“We saw the Cam Brown all the professional teams are excited about,” Flower Mound head coach Danny Wallace said.
TCU’s coaches were probably excited, as well, but not as excited as they probably are now that Brown is heading there instead of turning pro.
Back when he was a freshman, Brown said he took a couple other recruiting visits but quickly fell in love with TCU. He bonded with the coaching staff. That, like his commitment to the Horned Frogs, never wavered.
“There will be times when I just call up [Kirk] Saarloos, the pitching coach there, and we’ll have a chat about a pitch I’m trying out or different tips he’s been giving me,” Brown said. “They’ve helped me so much and I’m not even playing for them yet.”