Max has been working hard through the pandemic and looks ready to bust out whenever he returns to the field.
The football-as-savior discussion will be tabled for now. As balls floated in a same park where families played, it was clear Duggan had the best arm in this super-small sample size. The rising sophomore started 10 games for the Horned Frogs in 2019, getting honorable mention for Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year.
“When Max was coming out, I remember seeing him at an Elite 11 regional event,” Hoover said. “At the time, he had Northern Iowa and North Dakota State and maybe Southern Illinois, some FCS [teams recruiting him]. And he lit it up. I don’t know if he got off the plane home, and he had four offers.”
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Unlike Baylor, TCU has a decently favorable home/road split, as the Horned Frogs get Oklahoma, Iowa State and Oklahoma State at home but have to head to Texas. The difference is that the Frogs have to bounce back from a 5-7 showing last season and thus need to make major improvements across the board.
Quarterback play in Fort Worth should be improved, as Max Duggan was serviceable as a true freshman last season and ought to take a step or two forward. There isn’t a ton of returning production at the skill positions on offense — although the Frogs signed 5-star running back Zach Evans — but the top three tacklers are back in do-everything linebacker Garret Wallow as well as safeties Trevon Moehrig and Ar’Darius Washington.
I have a feeling Fincher won’t be a walk-on for long.
“I grew up wanting to play at TCU,” Fincher said. “I grew up in Southlake just outside of Forth Worth and always wanted to play at TCU. Even after I committed to ASU, coach Gonzales never stopped recruiting me.
“I just thought this was the best move for me and I’m super excited about it. It was tough because I grew really close with CHawk (ASU DB coach Chris Hawkins). I called him the night before I made my decision and we talked for about 90 minutes but I had to follow my heart and that was at TCU.”
Fincher moved out to Southern California in the 4th grade and was a key part in the Sea Kings 16-0 season last year where they won a CIF and State 1A Championship. Fincher was a lockdown cover corner all season finishing the year with 44 tackles and five interceptions.
DA will have competition, but he’s the kind of athlete that’s going to be hard to cut.
The Summary: Anderson spent much of his childhood up in the Dallas area before moving down near Houston. While he lived in Dallas, he never played any American football but instead grew up playing soccer, which might explain his elusiveness and solid footwork as a tailback. His explosiveness and ability to make a defender miss are foundation enough to see a future in the NFL for Anderson. It just may be tough to see the field much with the Cowboys because of the loaded backfield already in place. With both Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard combining to create the league’s fifth-best backfield in 2019, and veteran fullback Jamize Olawale returning this season, Anderson will be competing Jordan Chunn for a third running back spot or perhaps the practice squad.
Good to see Somerville back playing football, after it looked like his career would be over. He also was able to graduate from TCU, who honored his scholarship after a devastating injury during the first game of his senior year of high school.
TCU did honor his scholarship, so he took advantage of that to get his education and graduated last month. Somerville also had surgery to help with his neck injury.
After the recovery process he was cleared by his own doctors and decided he wanted to give football one more shot. In May he found out that he would get that chance at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.
“A lot of people don’t get that opportunity especially coming from the injury that I had,” Somerville said. “I know what happened the last time I put on some pads but I just got a foot in the door and I’m fixing to take advantage of my opportunity.”