UNLV seems like a done deal, but who will the Frogs play week two?
It’s unclear who the Week 2 opponent may be to replace Prairie View A&M, but it’ll likely be a program within driving distance of Fort Worth.
“We liked these options because it gave us flexibility,” Donati said. “We have the ability to adapt if needed.”
As of now, TCU’s non-conference schedule would have games on Aug. 29 (possibly at UNLV), Sept. 12 (home opener) and Sept. 26 (at SMU) with Big 12 play starting Oct. 3 (Oklahoma State). But, as Donati said, this also gives the program flexibility to shuffle games, given the unpredictability of the pandemic, with open dates on Sept. 5 and Sept. 19.
The Horned Frogs are preparing for a Week Zero matchup. The team started the “summer access” portion (walkthroughs, meetings, conditioning) of preseason camp last week and is expected to start fall camp late next week.
Farrell’s take: FACT. First five-star running back
Zach Evans didn’t know where he wanted to go after leaning toward Alabama, Texas A&M, Georgia, LSU and a slew of others during his recruiting process. TCU became his comfort zone late in the process. Now we have seen Mark Jackson (Oklahoma), Marcel Brooks (LSU) and JD Spielman (Nebraska) look to TCU to continue their college careers and I can point to one reason — GaryPatterson.Patterson is a great head coach and is well-respected around the country for the job he has done at TCU. Watch out for TCU down the line for other transfers and to be a tough team to beat in a year or so as it is very young.
Gorney’s take: FACT. All of a sudden, TCU looks like a serious contender in the Big 12 and could definitely surprise a lot of people in the coming years. Maybe it’s a collection of misfit toys, but Patterson has done an excellent job blending elite prospects like Evans with an outstanding group of transfers including Brooks and now former Spielman, who led the Huskers in receiving last season. There is a ton of talent at TCU now, so don’t be surprised if it shocks a lot of teams if all that talent can work together.
This is always a fun off-season discovery. A couple of new faces in familiar numbers for fans this fall, too.
Up next is the highest-rated player ever signed by Patterson and Co.; five-star running back Zachary Evans. Evans wore No. 3 in high school but will wear No. 6 to begin his TCU career. On defense, JUCO newcomer Jamoi Hodge will wear No. 6. Hodge arrived on campus as an early enrollee.
Recent Nebraska transfer JD Spielman will get to keep the number he had while with the Cornhuskers; No. 10. Spielman left Nebraska with the third-most receiving yards in school history. Spielman will be able to play immediately in 2020 after having his transfer waiver approved.