Athlon thinks of the Frogs as a pretty average team, but that will suit GP just fine.
TCU has a year of experience at the game’s most critical position, but without a strong backup, the season could derail if Duggan is unavailable for any reason. With Duggan, the Frogs boast a playmaker who stung Big 12 foes Kansas State, Texas and Oklahoma with his legs as much as his arm. Meacham’s input should strengthen the passing game with a re-infusion of Air Raid concepts, but the Frogs can’t wait to showcase their running backs.
Defensively, if the pass rush returns to its traditional levels, the young cornerback group will get time to get up to speed. TCU has fallen off its standard win totals of late, largely because of quarterback instability. But talent continues to pour in, and eventually, it should show.
As usual, TCU should be near the top of the Big 12 on defense. The Horned Frogs have finished first or second in the Big 12 in fewest yards per play allowed for six consecutive years. Patterson’s group returns only four starters, but this group figures to find the right answers. TCU lost six of its seven games by one score last fall. With improvement on offense, the Horned Frogs could easily jump into the top half of the conference.
Taye Barber is the best inside receiver on the team, Pro Wells is the most dangerous, but Dylan Thomas might be the guy Max Duggan needs most.
“H” starter – Pro Wells
Wells became a huge receiving threat for the Frogs last year and while many will look at him as a tight end, most of his production actually came from the slot position. Wells finished the season tied for the team lead with 5 touchdown receptions. He will still line up as a tight end here and there, but most of his production will come when he’s split out wide and creating mismatches with smaller linebackers and safeties.
“H” backup – Dylan Thomas
If Thomas is healthy, he’s the second best receiver on the team. Every indication I’ve been given is he will go through fall camp. Again, if he’s healthy, the Frogs will get some production from him. He’s got good size inside and most importantly, he’s a dependable receiver. He’s the kind of receiver Max Duggan needs in clutch situations.
Moehrig will be eligible to go pro after this year, and might be a first round draft pick if he does.
9) Trevon Moehrig, TCU
Some believe Trevon Moehriq is the best safety in the nation. He has elite size at 6’2″ and nearly 210 pounds. He’s a quality athlete and a former cornerback. His long arms clog passing lanes, and he’s been very productive against the pass over the last two seasons. Last season he recorded four interceptions and 15 pass breakups. He also forced two fumbles recovering one. Moehrig has the physical tools and balls to be a difference-maker, but he’s too often a liability as a tackler for me to move him higher for now.