The Frogs have added a starting wide receiver, a starting offensive lineman, and two potentially starters on the defensive line. All through the transfer portal. I mean, dang.
A waiver that would make Spielman immediately eligible for the 2020 season has also reportedly been granted. TCU has not yet officially commented on Spielman, who entered the transfer portal in June as part of a “mutual separation” from the program. Spielman had been separated from the Huskers program since March when coach Scott Frost announced that the wideout had taken a personal leave of absence from the team.
Still, Spielman was one of Nebraska’s most productive wideouts over the past three years. He had three straight seasons of at least 800 yards receiving and was primed to finish as the program’s all-time leader in that category. He was also a big-time special teams talent with 1,051 return yards. In all, Spielman — the son of son of Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman — had 18 touchdowns during his three years in Lincoln, Nebraska.
This matchup might actually be a fun one on Halloween night.
The Horned Frogs’ identity won’t change much from 2018 to 2019. They aren’t much of an offensive juggernaut, but they’re the Big 12 standard for a solid defense.
OU’s battle with TCU will ultimately come down to the Sooner offense being able to put up points and the defense not playing down to its competition.
TCU safety Trevon Moehrig and linebacker Garret Wallow are absolute studs and will make life tough on the Sooners. Both made the All-Big 12 first team last season and serve as TCU’s two representatives on the conference’s preseason 2020 All-Big 12 team, released last week.
The Frogs’ offense lost both its leading rusher, Darius Anderson, and receiver, Jalen Reagor, from last year’s team. Duggan is still nowhere near his potential as a quarterback after he was thrown into the fire last year as a true freshman. TCU needs the Council Bluffs, Iowa, native to make a jump this season, as well as the skill players around him to step up.
If he lives up to even part of his billing... woo...
4. Zachary Evans, TCU, RB
TCU landed their first 5-star recruit in school history with RB Zachary Evans.
The bruising back was ranked 16th overall in the country and the No. 2 running back in the 2020 class.
He recorded 4,867 yards on 311 carries – an astonishing 15.65 yards per carry for those doing the math – and 76 TDs during his high school career.
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A familiar name to Frog fans has an interesting perspective.
“You want to have college football, because if you don’t have college football, it’s gonna be devastating because of the debt service, and all the financial responsibilities,” Hyman said. “And then your multimedia rights partners, the impact on there, and then your apparel people, what’s the impact there? I mean, all the way across the board, just how would you deal with it?”
Some conferences have already cut back on non-conference football games, with the SEC holding off a decision about that for the next week or two. That plan doesn’t come close to guaranteeing football at all in the fall. Any plan for a spring football season, a possibility Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley has discussed, brings its own set of challenges.