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TCU News: Vegas, Baby? Frogs look primed for a Week Zero opener.

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And UNLV appears to be the targeted opponent.

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Football:

TCU football preparing for Week Zero opener | Fort Worth Star-Telegram

So, Vegas, baby?

The school has yet to sign a formal contract and has not announced an opponent. However, sources said there is a growing belief that, assuming football is played this fall and Big 12 schools can play non-conference opponents, TCU will open its season at UNLV on Aug. 29. UNLV was scheduled to face Cal on Aug. 29, the week before the TCU-Cal game in Berkeley, California.

The Pac-12 opted to play a conference-only schedule last week, leaving schools such as TCU and UNLV scrambling to fill non-conference games that had been scheduled against Pac-12 schools.

If TCU and UNLV play, the game would be at Las Vegas’ new Allegiant Stadium. Allegiant Stadium will host home games for UNLV and the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders.

A final decision on the TCU-UNLV game could come as early as this week.

TCU’s Wallow named to Butkus Award watch list; Moehrig lands on Thorpe Award’s list | The Star-Telegram

These guys... they’re good.

Along with his 125 tackles, Wallow also had 18 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks last season.

The Butkus Award is named after Dick Butkus, the Pro Football Hall of Famer and Chicago Bears legend. The last Big 12 player to win the award was Texas A&M’s Von Miller in 2010. TCU has never produced a Butkus Award winner.

Other notable linebackers on the watch list include Baylor’s Terrel Bernard; Texas A&M’s Anthony Hines and Buddy Johnson; Texas Tech’s Riko Jeffers; Texas’ Joseph Ossai; Oklahoma’s DaShaun White; Oklahoma State’s Amen Ogbongbemiga and Malcolm Rodriguez; and Iowa State’s Mike Rose.

Safety Lyrik Rawls down to five schools | 247 Sports

This would be another great get in what is becoming a really solid class.

Of those five, TCU is the latest offer, as the Horned Frogs targeted the 6-foot-1, 180-pound East Texas standout in early April. Kansas offered in late January, a few weeks after Oklahoma State initiated its pursuit. Houston offered in late Sept. 2019, while Texas Tech has been recruiting Rawls the longest of his five finalists, dating to an early Sept. 2019 offer.

The industry-generated 247Sports Composite rates Rawls as a three-star recruit who is ranked No. 39 nationally among 2021 safety prospects, as well as No. 76 overall regardless of position in the state of Texas for his class. However, the 247Sports rankings consider Rawls a high three-star with a grade of 89, which puts the East Texas playmaker 31st among 2021 safeties and No. 54 overall in the Lone Star State’s 2021 cycle.

Star WR JD Spielman pens goodbye to Nebraska on way to TCU | NBC Sports

He’s officially officially a Frog. Nebraska fans have spoken highly of him even as he leaves.

I just want to take a moment to thank my true brothers my family and the Nebraska fans for their abundance of support. I know you celebrated our wins beside us and felt our losses just as much as we did. I know you celebrated our wins beside us and felt our losses just as much as we did. The loyalty in the Sea of Red runs deep. You’re much appreciated and very important to not only the Cornhuskers’ success but also my personal success. Good mental health is also a key component to my success not only on the football field, but also in life, school, and relationships. Focusing on my mental health allows me to understand who I am, what my passions are, and what my purpose is. Football has taught me how to overcome obstacles and face adversity. It has helped me become disciplined, determined, and resilient. At the end of the day, please remember life is so much more than football. I am and always will be much more than just an athlete. Every day is a new opportunity. Thank you again to those who have supported me on my journey. I’m forever grateful. Lots of Luv and Go B1G Red.

Pro Frogs:

Eagles News: Two areas where Jalen Reagor excels | Bleeding Green Nation

Seems a surprising choice to me.

Best routes for rookie NFL wide receivers: Why CeeDee Lamb’s out, Brandon Aiyuk’s screen are unstoppable - ESPN+

Jalen Reagor, Philadelphia Eagles. Draft/college: Selected No. 21 out of TCU. Best route: Post. Reagor ran 53 post routes over the past two seasons, fourth-most among all FBS wide receivers. And he was quite successful on those plays, nabbing 13 catches for 355 yards and five touchdowns. The Eagles ran posts and targeted them at an above-average rate, but Philadelphia ranked 29th in expected points added (EPA) per targeted post, though it was a small sample size. Philly needs any receiving help it can get, but Reagor’s post route might be particularly useful.